Cucumber Sandwich Recipes

Cucumber, thick slices of honey roast ham and cottage cheese with onion and chive is just one of the cucumber sandwich recipe ideas featured on this page
Cucumber, thick slices of honey roast ham and cottage cheese with onion and chive is just one of the cucumber sandwich recipe ideas featured on this page

Cucumber is a fruit which is often extremely underrated as a food ingredient in the belief that it is tasteless, boring or both. While it is undeniably true that cucumber is not overly blessed in the flavour department, this should in no way detract from its value, particularly as a component ingredient in a sandwich. It is the very blandness of cucumber that makes it so versatile and allows it to complement and be complemented by a wide variety of other foodstuffs. Due to its extremely high level of water content, it is also very refreshing and perfectly suited to summer, when the popular phrase "cool as a cucumber" can be made to come to the fore in a number of tasty and satisfying ways.

Pickled Cucumber, Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Sub

Pickled cucumber, smoked salmon and cream cheese sub served with a simple salad
Pickled cucumber, smoked salmon and cream cheese sub served with a simple salad

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 1 hour 5 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
  • Yields: One sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1 sub roll
  • 1 tbsp low fat cream cheese
  • 2 slices cold smoked salmon
  • 6 slices cucumber
  • White wine vinegar as required
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill leaves
  • Salt and white pepper
  • 3 or 4 lettuce leaves, roughly shredded
  • 4 or 5 cherry tomatoes, halved

Instructions

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Cucumber is sliced at an angle to provide larger, more attractive slicesCucumber is pickled in white wine vinegar and dillPickled cucumber is patted dry in kitchen paperTomatoes and lettuce are thoroughly washedLettuce is shredded and cherry tomatoes are halvedSub bread rollCream cheese is spread on both halves of the sub rollSmoked salmon is laid on bottom half of sub rollPickled cucumber is laid on smoked salmonSub roll is cut in to three portions
Cucumber is sliced at an angle to provide larger, more attractive slices
Cucumber is sliced at an angle to provide larger, more attractive slices
Cucumber is pickled in white wine vinegar and dill
Cucumber is pickled in white wine vinegar and dill
Pickled cucumber is patted dry in kitchen paper
Pickled cucumber is patted dry in kitchen paper
Tomatoes and lettuce are thoroughly washed
Tomatoes and lettuce are thoroughly washed
Lettuce is shredded and cherry tomatoes are halved
Lettuce is shredded and cherry tomatoes are halved
Sub bread roll
Sub bread roll
Cream cheese is spread on both halves of the sub roll
Cream cheese is spread on both halves of the sub roll
Smoked salmon is laid on bottom half of sub roll
Smoked salmon is laid on bottom half of sub roll
Pickled cucumber is laid on smoked salmon
Pickled cucumber is laid on smoked salmon
Sub roll is cut in to three portions
Sub roll is cut in to three portions
  1. Lay the cucumber slices in a small bowl and scatter ove the dried dill. Pour in enough white wine vinegar to cover the cucumber, cover the bowl and leave for one hour. After this time, remove the cucumber slices to some kitchen paper and carefully pat dry.
  2. Wash and chop the lettuce and tomatoes. Season with salt and white pepper, mix together and lay on one half of a square serving plate.
  3. Cut the sub roll in half horizontally. Spread the cream cheese evenly over the cut sides of both halves.
  4. Lay the slices of smoked salmon on the bottom half of the sub roll and the cucumber slices on top. Season lightly with salt and white pepper.
  5. Put the top on the roll and slice diagonally in three. Plate alongside the salad to serve.

Cucumber, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich

The simple, summer fresh taste of a cucumber, lettuce and tomato sandwich is hard to beat
The simple, summer fresh taste of a cucumber, lettuce and tomato sandwich is hard to beat

Food items very often have a story attached to them and this very simple cucumber sandwich is one that played a big part in my early life. As a child, I was inclined to eat only meat, fish and dairy products, such as eggs and cheese. I was literally carnivorous as opposed to omnivorous. I point blank refused to eat "that green stuff", as I referred to any vegetable whether green or otherwise. It was only when I was introduced to this sandwich exactly as it is prepared below that I finally set out on the long road to enjoying the delights of fruits and vegetables. To this day, this sandwich for me remains the ultimate taste of summer freshness, so if you have a small child who refuses to eat their veg, why not give this idea a try? It worked for one of the most steadfastly anti-vegetable children who ever walked the planet, so who knows - it may work for your child!

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: n/a

Ready in: 5 min

Yields: One sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of very fresh bread
  • Little bit of butter
  • 3 or 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 slices from medium tomato
  • 6 slices of cucumber
  • Malt vinegar
  • Salt

Instructions

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Lettuce, cucumber and tomatoLettuce, cucumber and tomato prepared for sandwichLettuce is laid on bread and seasoned with salt and malt vinegarCucumber slices are laid on top of lettuceTomato is laid on top of cucumberCucumber, lettuce and tomato sandwich is complete
Lettuce, cucumber and tomato
Lettuce, cucumber and tomato
Lettuce, cucumber and tomato prepared for sandwich
Lettuce, cucumber and tomato prepared for sandwich
Lettuce is laid on bread and seasoned with salt and malt vinegar
Lettuce is laid on bread and seasoned with salt and malt vinegar
Cucumber slices are laid on top of lettuce
Cucumber slices are laid on top of lettuce
Tomato is laid on top of cucumber
Tomato is laid on top of cucumber
Cucumber, lettuce and tomato sandwich is complete
Cucumber, lettuce and tomato sandwich is complete
  1. Spread one side of each slice of bread with butter.
  2. Lay the lettuce leaves in an even layer on one buttered side of bread. Season with salt and malt vinegar.
  3. Lay the tomato slices on top of the lettuce, followed by the cucumber slices. Season with more salt and vinegar.
  4. Put the second slice of bread on top, press down gently, slice in half diagonally and eat immediately.

Cucumber Salsa and Fresh Tuna Baguette

Fresh tuna loin slices are topped by a simple cucumber salsa on a freshly baked baguette
Fresh tuna loin slices are topped by a simple cucumber salsa on a freshly baked baguette

The baguettes used in this recipe and the one which follows were bought part cooked and vacuum packed. This is an excellent, quick and easy way of getting the freshness of bread without having to go to the bother of making it from scratch. Ready to eat baguettes could of course be used instead if you prefer.

Cook Time

Prep time: 40 min

Cook time: 15 min

Ready in: 55 min

Yields: One sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
  • 3" piece of cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 1 large garlic clove, inner stalk removed and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 part baked baguette
  • 4oz tuna loin steak
  • Sunflower oil for frying

Instructions

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Cucumber salsa principal ingredientsDeseeding the cucumber salsa ingredientsChopping the cucumber salsa ingredientsPrepared cucumber salsa ingredientsCombining the cucumber salsa ingredientsSimple cucumber salsaPart baked supermarket baguettesPart baked baguette ready for ovenOven fresh baguette is briefly restedFresh tuna loin steakPan searing the tuna loin steakTuna loin steak is sliced at an angleEasy way to evenly half a baguetteTuna slices are laid on bottom half of baguetteCucumber salsa is spooned on to tuna slicesCucumber salsa and tuna baguette is ready to be sliced and served
Cucumber salsa principal ingredients
Cucumber salsa principal ingredients
Deseeding the cucumber salsa ingredients
Deseeding the cucumber salsa ingredients
Chopping the cucumber salsa ingredients
Chopping the cucumber salsa ingredients
Prepared cucumber salsa ingredients
Prepared cucumber salsa ingredients
Combining the cucumber salsa ingredients
Combining the cucumber salsa ingredients
Simple cucumber salsa
Simple cucumber salsa
Part baked supermarket baguettes
Part baked supermarket baguettes
Part baked baguette ready for oven
Part baked baguette ready for oven
Oven fresh baguette is briefly rested
Oven fresh baguette is briefly rested
Fresh tuna loin steak
Fresh tuna loin steak
Pan searing the tuna loin steak
Pan searing the tuna loin steak
Tuna loin steak is sliced at an angle
Tuna loin steak is sliced at an angle
Easy way to evenly half a baguette
Easy way to evenly half a baguette
Tuna slices are laid on bottom half of baguette
Tuna slices are laid on bottom half of baguette
Cucumber salsa is spooned on to tuna slices
Cucumber salsa is spooned on to tuna slices
Cucumber salsa and tuna baguette is ready to be sliced and served
Cucumber salsa and tuna baguette is ready to be sliced and served
  1. For tips on preparing the cucumber, tomato and garlic, see the photos above.
  2. Put the cucumber, tomato, garlic, chilli flakes, extra virgin olive oil and lime juice in to a glass or stone bowl. Season with salt and pepper and stir very well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least half an hour.
  3. The instructions for cooking the baguettes should be on the packet. In this case, it required twelve minutes in the oven at 375F/190C. Calculate your cooking schedule to ensure the bread has ten minutes to rest when it comes out of the oven.
  4. While the bread is resting, put a little oil in to a small, non-stick frying pan and bring it up to a very high heat. Season the tuna fillet on both sides with salt and pepper. Fry for a minute to a minute and a half on each side until it can be seen from the side to have cooked about a third of the way up in each instance. Tuna should be pink in the middle to be enjoyed at its best.
  5. Put the cooked tuna on a chopping board and slice at an angle.
  6. Cut the baguette in half and lay the tuna slices on the bottom section. Carefully spoon on the cucumber salsa, add the top, slice and serve.

Cucumber Salsa, Avocado and Mexicana Cheese Baguette

Cucumber salsa, mashed avocado and Mexicana cheese in a freshly baked baguette
Cucumber salsa, mashed avocado and Mexicana cheese in a freshly baked baguette

This sandwich is in a way a vegetarian equivalent of the tuna sandwich featured immediately above. The salsa is the same as described previously. For a vegan version, simply omit the cheese.

Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min

Cook time: n/a

Ready in: 45 min

Yields: One sandwich

Ingredients

Instructions

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Flesh is scooped out of avocado half with a teaspoonA fork is used to mash the avocado with salt and pepperMashed avocado is spread on the bottom half of the baguetteCcucumber salsa is spooned on to the mashed avocadoMexicana cheeseThin slices of Mexicana cheeseMexicana cheese slices are laid on the avocado and cucumber salsaBaguette top is put in place prior to slicing
Flesh is scooped out of avocado half with a teaspoon
Flesh is scooped out of avocado half with a teaspoon
A fork is used to mash the avocado with salt and pepper
A fork is used to mash the avocado with salt and pepper
Mashed avocado is spread on the bottom half of the baguette
Mashed avocado is spread on the bottom half of the baguette
Ccucumber salsa is spooned on to the mashed avocado
Ccucumber salsa is spooned on to the mashed avocado
Mexicana cheese
Mexicana cheese
Thin slices of Mexicana cheese
Thin slices of Mexicana cheese
Mexicana cheese slices are laid on the avocado and cucumber salsa
Mexicana cheese slices are laid on the avocado and cucumber salsa
Baguette top is put in place prior to slicing
Baguette top is put in place prior to slicing
  1. Put the avocado half in to a bowl, season with salt and pepper and mash with the back of a fork.
  2. Cut the baguette in half and spread the avocado evenly over the bottom part.
  3. Spoon the salsa on to the avocado and lay the cheese slices on top.
  4. Put the top on the baguette, slice and serve.

Cucumber, Mint and Mayo Toasted Sub Sandwich

Mayo is spread on both halves of a toasted sub before cucmber and freshly chopped is added
Mayo is spread on both halves of a toasted sub before cucmber and freshly chopped is added

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 5 min

Ready in: 10 min

Yields: One sandwich

Ingredients

  • One sub roll
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 6 slices cucumber
  • 3 or 4 mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • Salt and white pepper

Instructions

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A fresh sub roll is lightly toastedMayo is spread on both halves of the toasted subCucumber slices are laid on top of the mayo on the bottom half of the subFresh mint is scattered over the cucumberThe sub roll is cut in half to serve
A fresh sub roll is lightly toasted
A fresh sub roll is lightly toasted
Mayo is spread on both halves of the toasted sub
Mayo is spread on both halves of the toasted sub
Cucumber slices are laid on top of the mayo on the bottom half of the sub
Cucumber slices are laid on top of the mayo on the bottom half of the sub
Fresh mint is scattered over the cucumber
Fresh mint is scattered over the cucumber
The sub roll is cut in half to serve
The sub roll is cut in half to serve
  1. Cut the sub roll in half horizontally and lightly toast on both sides.
  2. Spread both cut slices of the sub with mayo.
  3. Lay the cucumber slices on top of the mayo on the bottom half of the roll.
  4. Season with salt and white pepper.
  5. Scatter the mint evenly over the cucumber before laying the top in place and slicing to eat.

Cucumber, Honey Roast Ham and Cottage Cheese Sandwich

Onion and chive cottage cheese is topped with honey roast ham and cucumber in this sandwich
Onion and chive cottage cheese is topped with honey roast ham and cucumber in this sandwich

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: n/a

Ready in: 5 min

Yields: One sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of fresh bread
  • 1 tbsp onion and chive cottage cheese
  • 2 thick slices honey roast ham
  • 6 slices cucumber
  • Malt vinegar
  • Salt and white pepper

Instructions

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Cottage cheese is spread on one slice of breadTwo thick slices of honey roast ham are laid on cottage cheeseCucumber is laid on hamd and seasonedSecond slice of bread completes sandwichSandwich is halved diagonally to serve
Cottage cheese is spread on one slice of bread
Cottage cheese is spread on one slice of bread
Two thick slices of honey roast ham are laid on cottage cheese
Two thick slices of honey roast ham are laid on cottage cheese
Cucumber is laid on hamd and seasoned
Cucumber is laid on hamd and seasoned
Second slice of bread completes sandwich
Second slice of bread completes sandwich
Sandwich is halved diagonally to serve
Sandwich is halved diagonally to serve
  1. Spread the cottage cheese evenly over one slice of bread and lay the honey roast ham slices on top.
  2. Arrange the cucumber slices on top of the ham and season with salt, white pepper and malt vinegar.
  3. Add the top slice of bread, cut diagonally in half and enjoy.

Cucumbers and Nutrition

Cucumbers are comprised almost entirely of water. What vitamins and minerals they do contain are found largely in or just under the skin. This means that peeling cucumbers rids them of virtually all their limited nutritional value but there are certain circumstances where cucumber will be peeled before it is added to a sandwich...

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 50g
Calories 8
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Carbohydrates 2 g1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Dainty Cucumber Sandwiches for Afternoon Tea

Crustless cucumber sandwich as it may be served for afternoon tea
Crustless cucumber sandwich as it may be served for afternoon tea

Rumour has it that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is a big fan of cucumber sandwiches. If this is indeed the case, it is still unlikely that any of the preparations featured thus far on this page would be likely to be served as part of afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace. It is more likely that the dainty, crustless creations pictured above would be on offer. Don't be fooled, however, in to thinking that these simple cucumber sandwiches are bland or less than enjoyable. Basic though they undoubtedly are, they are equally very refreshing.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: n/a

Ready in: 5 min

Yields: Four dainty sandwiches

Ingredients

  • Two slices of bread, crusts removed
  • Butter
  • 6 thin slices of peeled cucumber
  • Salt
  • Sprig of mint to garnish (optional)

Instructions

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Crusts are cut from lightly buttered breadCucumber is skinned before being very thinly slicedCucumber slices are laid on one slice of the buttered breadCucumber sandwich is quartered to serve
Crusts are cut from lightly buttered bread
Crusts are cut from lightly buttered bread
Cucumber is skinned before being very thinly sliced
Cucumber is skinned before being very thinly sliced
Cucumber slices are laid on one slice of the buttered bread
Cucumber slices are laid on one slice of the buttered bread
Cucumber sandwich is quartered to serve
Cucumber sandwich is quartered to serve
  1. Very lightly butter both slices of bread on one side only.
  2. Lay the cucumber slices on one of the slices of bread and season with a little salt.
  3. Place the second slice of bread on top and make two diagonal slices to quarter the sandwich.
  4. Serve garnished with a sprig of mint.

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Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi, slappywalker. Yes, vinegar in particular seasons cucumber so well. I too could eat a bowl of it. I hope you enjoy the lettuce, cucumber and tomato sandwich. It's so simple but the combination works so well together. I've never tried it with bacon but I'll need to bear that option in mind. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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slappywalker 3 years ago from Saratoga Springs, NY

I've always been a big fan of the cucumber. My mother used to cut them up and mix them with vinegar and black pepper. My sister and I could go through a whole bowl of them in minutes.

That lettuce, cucumber, and tomato sandwich is definitely going to get a trial run this summer. I may have to add a couple of bacon slices to top things off.


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Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi, CarNoobz and thank you. I'm glad you're a fellow cucumber sandwich fan. The mayo and pepper idea sounds good and I hope these ideas can help you build your repertoire.


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Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thanks, NornsMercy. I hope you enjoyed any of these options which you tried.


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Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi, Redberry Sky. Freshness is definitely a big attribute of cucumber and it can take the simplest of sandwiches to new levels. The marinating also works well with certain accompaniments. Thanks for visiting and commenting and I hope you enjoy some of these ideas.


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CarNoobz 3 years ago from USA

Dude, I thought I was the only one who made cucumber sandwiches. Although, I just use straight cukes with mayo and pepper...maybe cheese. You got some great ideas in here. That smoked salmon looks so good.

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NornsMercy 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

Oh maaaaaaaaan. I shouldn't have read this yummy hub on an empty stomach! I'm gonna make one of these right now..


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Redberry Sky 3 years ago

I'd forgotten how wonderful and fresh cucumber can make a sandwich taste - your beautiful pictures and recipes have reminded me! I never thought of marinating it first, but that's a brilliant idea to get some extra-special flavours into this gorgeous sandwich ingredient :)


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Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi, aa lite. Yes, you are right about cucumber sandwiches. They are unquestionably a pinnacle of certain aspects of our society, yet at the same time so often underrated. I'm glad you enjoy cooking with cucumber and using it in your recipes. It truly is a valuable and worthwhile ingredient. Thanks for your visit and comment.


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Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi, Carol. Thanks and I'm so sorry for late reply - mad weekend! :) I'm not sure why but cucumber tends to go so well with smoked salmon. I hope it's a combination you enjoy.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

I love the fact that you've included cucumber sandwiches, the pillar on which all upper class British culture rests!

I love cucumber, it does actually have a taste, if you can get a nice fresh one that hasn't been lying in the fridge for ages. And it is an essential ingredient in many dishes, my couscous salad is just not the same if I forget cucumbers, and it is an essential ingredient in tzatziki.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

THE sandwiches look yummy. I eat smoked salmon a lot and with the cucumbers sounds even better. Great presentation and ideas

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