Cucumber Party Sandwiches

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + standing


2-1/2 dozen

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
Cucumber sandwiches are one of my favorite appetizers. We have lots of pig roasts here in Kentucky, and these small sandwiches are perfect to serve while the pig is roasting. —Rebecca Rose, Mount Washington, Kentucky


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Italian salad dressing mix
  • 30 slices cocktail rye or pumpernickel bread
  • 60 thin cucumber slices
  • Optional: Fresh dill sprigs, slivered red pearl onions and cracked black pepper


  1. Beat cream cheese, mayonnaise and dressing mix until blended; let stand 30 minutes.
  2. Spread cream cheese mixture on bread. Top each with 2 cucumber slices and, if desired, dill and red onion slivers. Refrigerate, covered, until serving.
Cucumber Sandwiches Tips

How do you keep cucumber sandwiches from getting soggy?

To keep cucumber sandwiches from getting soggy, use an English cucumber, which has a lower water content than a regular cucumber. Slice the cucumber very thin with a mandoline slicer (check out our Test Kitchen's favorite mandoline slicers) or simply use a sharp knife. Finally, don’t make the sandwiches too far in advance. You can prepare the cream cheese mixture the night before, but assemble the cucumber sandwiches up to an hour before serving.

How else can you assemble cucumber sandwiches?

In addition to this open-faced version, you can assemble cucumber sandwiches like a regular sandwich, including the popular tea sandwiches with trimmed crusts.

How can you make cucumber sandwiches your own?

You can make cucumber sandwiches your own by switching up the bread. Use all rye or all pumpernickel, or a combination of the two. Honey whole grain bread would work well too. Add a little lemon juice to the cream cheese mixture, or other seasonings such as garlic powder, salt and pepper. Or, you could replace the cream cheese mixture ingredients altogether with a tub of store-bought chive and onion cream cheese spread.

What do you serve with cucumber sandwiches?

Make these cucumber sandwiches part of a classic tea party by serving them with other tea party recipes like hazelnut chocolate chip scones, lemon basil tea and turkey tea sandwiches. They'd also fit in nicely with other Kentucky Derby recipes on a Kentucky Derby spread!

Julie Schnittka, Taste of Home Senior Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 open-faced sandwich: 53 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.