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Butchart Gardens Cucumber Tea Sandwich

Cucumber Tea Sandwich

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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.

You will want to allow time for your cucumbers to soak up the onion marinade to make sure you get all those wonderful flavors in the sandwich. I recommend making the ingredients for the sandwich the day before and then assemble them just before your guests arrive. This is a time saving tip as well when trying to pull together an entire tea. So many individual recipes can be a bit challenging so best to make as much ahead as you can.

Cucumber Tea Sandwich Recipe

Butchart Gardens Cucumber Tea Sandwich

Butchart Gardens Cucumber Tea Sandwich

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Butchart Gardens inspired Cucumber Tea Sandwich - a light and flavorful addition to warm sandwich options for your Butchart Gardens tea at home.


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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