Cucumber Sandwiches are a traditional finger sandwich for luncheons or teas but they’re also a sandwich we love to enjoy at picnics or for lunches!

Cream cheese and fresh herbs are combined to make the perfect spread and it’s topped with fresh sliced cucumbers for a refreshing bite.

Cucumber Sandwiches on a wooden board with cucumber and dill

Cucumbers are a summertime staple and perfect for refreshing Creamy Cucumber Salads, creating delicious dips (like Greek Tzatziki) and of course delicious Cucumber Sandwiches!  These little sandwiches have been around for as long as I can remember… paper thin cucumbers, dill and chive cream cheese spread sandwiched between crustless bread.

These easy cucumber sandwiches make the perfect appetizer for any occasion. They’re light and refreshing and everyone loves them!

How to Make Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber Sandwiches are so easy to make. I start with cream cheese, mayonnaise and fresh herbs. While I use dill and chives, you can use your favorites or whatever you have on hand. If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can substitute dried or even skip the herbs & mayonnaise and add ranch dressing (or homemade ranch dressing mix) in their place.

Open Cucumber Sandwiches with sauce in a bowl

Once the spread is all mixed up, you’ll want to thinly slice your cucumbers. English cucumbers are my favorite for this recipe as the seeds are small and delicate. I personally prefer peel on for color but they also can be peeled. I add a some extra herbs and pepper on top for flavor.

We love these best on white bread with the crusts removed but you can certainly make cucumber sandwiches on pumpernickel bread (or any kind of bread) if you’d like!

Cucumber Sandwiches cut in half on a wood board

This cucumber sandwich recipe can be made up to 24 hours in advance.

If you make sure the bread is covered with the dill cream cheese spread, they will not get soggy.   Once made and sliced, place in a container and seal well. Store in the refrigerator. I like to leave them at room temperature for about 20 minutes before serving.

If you’re in a rush, using a flavored cream cheese (such a veggie cream cheese or herb and garlic) can make these extra quick!

Cucumber Sandwich pieces on a wooden board
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Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber sandwiches are made with cool cucumbers and a simple yet flavorful herbed cream cheese spread, creating a refreshing combination that's simply perfect.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 30 tea sandwiches


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  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chives chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 long English cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1 loaf sliced bread crusts removed


  • With a hand mixer, mix cream cheese and mayonnaise in a small bowl until smooth. Stir in herbs, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture onto one side of each piece of bread.
  • Thinly slice cucumbers. Layer over half of the bread slices. Top with additional herbs if desired.
  • Top with remaining bread slice, remove crusts if desired and cut each sandwich into 3 pieces.
  • Serve immediately or cover and store up to 24 hours.


Leftover sandwiches can be stored covered in the fridge for up to 24 hours. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 39 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 25mg | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Lunch, Snack
Cuisine American

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  1. Absolutely delicious! The best cucumber sandwich recipe I found. I added diced shallots to the spread and used 2 T mayo instead of 3. They turned out amazing! Next time I’m going to cut in half I made this recipe for myself and there’s so many sandwiches lol5 stars

  2. I made these for my sister’s baby shower and everyone LOVED them! One lady said “These were the best sandwiches I’ve had since High Tea in London”! Wow! I don’t think I could have gotten a better compliment!
    Thank you!5 stars

  3. I wanted something light for dinner and these were delightful! I only made 2 servings and the adjusted recipe was quick and tasty!5 stars

    1. If you click the Print button on the recipe card, you can adjust the number of servings on the recipe. Hope that helps!

    1. You’re welcome Dusty! So glad to hear that the sandwiches were such a hit for the shower!

  4. How many sandwiches does this recipe yield? I’ll be making them for a baby shower. I want to know if I should double the recipe or even triple it. I’m guessing there will be around 25 people there.

  5. I would want to try to make the cucumber sandwich and I think it would taste great thank you for sharing the recipe!!4 stars

  6. Just tried these for the first time. Everyone loved them except my three old who doesn’t like cucumbers but she loved the spread on the crusts. So I have her crusts with a little extra spread.5 stars

  7. I had to make “funeral” sandwiches and I followed this recipe exactly. This was so good, I had to go out and buy more cream cheese and more cucumbers just so we can have this at home to eat. Recipe is a keeper for sure !

  8. These have been a HUGE HIT at my family functions! I made them for the first time for my son’s second birthday party, and have made them for every function since. They are gone within SECONDS. I always receive verbal compliments, but the biggest compliment is watching the serving tray empty within literal seconds.
    Thank you so much for sharing!5 stars

  9. These tasted DIVINE!! Thank you for the recipe! Didn’t have fresh dill or chives, so just used 1 tsp dried dill weed and rest of ingredients —- it was fabulous right away. Very thin slices of cucumber are key, though.5 stars

  10. I am giving it this but i have not tried it but I will be looking forward to eating it thanks for the recipe and you are very helpful so I hope you have a nice day and stay blessed!5 stars

    1. Hi Brandon, the nutritional information is calculated for one cucumber sandwich.

  11. Made these for a picnic today and they were delicious. I did not have English cucumber but regular cucumber worked just fine. I know for sure I will make these again, they were so good!5 stars

  12. Love this recipe: simple, fresh, delicious.

    Question: how do you get kids that won’t try cucumbers to eat them?

    These lovely sandwiches will be my attempt to do that. Perhaps disguised as lovely sandwiches just like their favorite storybook character (Hilda) loves will do the trick!

    Wish me luck!5 stars

  13. Always thought these would be good. Tried for the first time. Brought them to a ladies luncheon. Everyone loved them.5 stars