Butchart Gardens Cucumber Tea Sandwich

Butchart Gardens Cucumber Tea Sandwich

A very traditional sandwich to have at tea is a Cucumber Tea Sandwich. Typically cucumber sandwiches are fairly plain. At Butchart Gardens, they served a Cucumber and Dill Tea Sandwich. My recreation combines these flavors and has an onion marinade that makes these sandwiches delicious and anything but plain. You can cut them into finger sandwiches or shapes, it’s really up to you. I chose triangles for our Butchart Gardens inspired tea at home. This is a light and refreshing sandwich and balances nicely with the warm Sausage Wraps and the mini Spinach and Swiss Quiche.

Cucumber Tea Sandwich
Cucumber and Dill Tea Sandwiches

Cucumber Tea Sandwich Recipe

Butchart Gardens Cucumber Tea Sandwich

Category: Sandwich

Yield: 8

Cucumber Tea Sandwich

Cucumber and Dill Tea Sandwich


    Onion Marinade
  • ½ tbsp. red onion, minced
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 2½ oz. cream cheese
  • 1 tsp chives, minced (maybe a bit more)
  • 1 tsp dill, minced (maybe a bit more)
  • 1 tbsp. heavy cream
  • Pinch black pepper, to taste
  • Pinch Salt, to taste
  • 8 slices white sandwich bread
  • ½ medium cucumber, thinly sliced


  1. Combine the onion marinade in a bowl and marinate at room temperate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Blend the cream cheese, chives and dill. Add the heavy cream gradually, using just enough to get a smooth spreading consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Peel the cucumber and slice very thin.
  4. Spread the cream cheese mixture on all 8 bread slices.
  5. Evenly divide the cucumber slices among 4 of the bread slices and lay them evenly on top of the cream cheese mixture, overlapping them slightly. Top with the red onion mixture. Top each sandwich with the remaining slices of bread. Trim the crusts and cut into half in a triangle and serve.
  6. Sandwiches can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours. Makes 8 servings of ½ sandwich each.


Adapted from CIA Breakfasts and Brunches Cookbook



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