Vegan Cucumber Sandwich Recipe

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Vegan cucumber sandwich | This simple staple ticks all the sandwich boxes. Freshness, crunch factor, and simple flavouring. Crisp cucumber slices sprinkled with salt and pepper, on fluffy buttered bread topped with a handful of peppery arugula.

Cucumber sandwich on cutting board.

Cucumbers are a classic sandwich ingredient, but have you ever had a cucumber sandwich?

Cucumber sandwiches have always been my go-to since my great-aunt introduced me to them years ago. I am forever thankful because this sandwich hits every single time and it’s super easy to whip up.

This vegan cucumber sandwich is all about texture. Something about the freshness of the cucumbers, the smooth savoury butter, and the fluffy bread all coming together just make my mouth water. And if I wanna go the extra mile I’ll add a handful of arugula or spinach too.

Choosing the right ingredients for cucumber sandwiches

To balance the crunchiness of the cucumbers, I recommend choosing really soft white bread. I usually go for a classic sandwich bread like French bread or white sourdough. You could also try pumpernickel, rye, or grain-heavy bread for a more hefty sandwich.

For vegan butter, I recommend Earth Balance, it has great flavour and texture.

When choosing cucumbers, aim for the ones that are firm and boast a vibrant green color. You want those beauties to be as crisp as your favourite potato chips.

Nutritional benefits of vegan cucumber sandwiches

Cucumbers are not just a pretty face on a salad, they pack a nutritious punch too. These cool, refreshing veggies are a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals according to Healthline.

Sandwiches, and bread in general, sometimes get a bad rep. They shouldn’t, because I, probably like most people, find myself eating more vegetables, and liking it, by nestling them between two slices of bread, than if I were to feed myself a salad.

Speaking of bread, most breads are fortified with vitamins and minerals, and you can even up your intake by using whole-grain bread for this sandwich.

All in all, this is the perfect low-calorie sandwich that still offers satisfaction and satiety.

Holding a cucumber sandwich.

Presentation and sandwich-cutting techniques

A sandwich automatically looks more appetizing when it’s sliced and you can see the wonderful ingredients inside.

It’s up to you how you want to cut the sandwich. Vertically, diagonally, into 4 triangles or squares?

Wrapping the sandwich in parchment paper or wax paper and cutting it in half offers a visually appealing presentation alternative.

Cut the crusts off of these sandwiches to serve them English tea sandwiches, with a cup of earl grey. Perfect for afternoon tea.

Ingredients

More about the ingredients in this recipe. The exact measurements are below.

  • Cucumber- Pick a nice firm vibrant green cucumber for the best texture and taste.
  • Vegan butter- A spread of vegan butter not only delivers flavour but also protects the bread from the moisture of the cucumbers.
  • Sliced bread- I used soft white bread, that compliments the crunchiness of the cucumbers. You can use any bread that you have on hand.
  • Arugula and spinach- Any leafy green will do for this sandwich. If you’re going for flavour, I recommend arugula spinach, or if you’re looking for more texture try green leaf or romaine.
  • Salt and pepper- To season the cucumbers with.

Instructions

  • Sprinkle the sliced cucumber with salt and lay it between two sheets of paper towel to strip it of some of its moisture.
Slicing cucumber.

Wash the cucumber and cut 10-12 1/4 inch slices.

Drawing moisture out of the cucumber with salt and paper towel.

Sprinkle the sliced cucumber with salt and lay it between two sheets of paper towel to strip it of some of its moisture. Leave for 3-4 minutes.

Spreading vegan butter on a piece of bread.

Butter both pieces of sliced bread.

Placing cucumber on bread.

Layer the sliced cucumber onto one piece. Don’t be afraid to overlap the cucumber slices.

Adding arugula to the sandwich.

Sprinkle the cucumber slices with salt and pepper, and top with a handful of arugula and spinach.

Closing the cucumber sandwich.

Close up the sandwich with the second slice of bread and slice it in half.

Serve with a side of your favourite chips, some french fries or a fresh salad.

Holding a cucumber sandwich.

Tips for making vegan cucumber sandwiches

  • Don’t skip on the butter! The vegan butter not only delivers flavour, but the spread of butter keeps the bread from becoming soggy from the cucumbers.
  • Cucumbers: Cucumbers are full of moisture, so sprinkling the slices with salt and laying them between two sheets of paper towel will help extract some of the moisture.
  • Slicing: Use a sharp knife to cut the cucumbers to get even slices.
  • Boost the flavour and use vegan cream cheese mixed with fresh dill instead of butter.

What to serve with vegan cucumber sandwiches

My all-time favourite side to have with a sandwich is chips. Because you can slide a few sneaky chips into the sandwich for the most satisfying crunch ever.

Staying on the crunchy side, try vegetable chips such as kale, beet or sweet potato. Or serve the sandwich with some roasted sweet potato fries.

Try a tossed mixed greens salad with your favourite dressing to match the lightness of the sandwich.

Have a refreshing glass of lemonade or iced tea to match the coolness of the cucumbers.

Substitutions

  • This recipe is vegan
  • Make this recipe gluten-free by using your favourite gluten-free bread
  • Instead of using vegan butter as your spread, try mashed avocado or vegan cream cheese mixed with fresh dill. You could even add some finely chopped green onion.
  • Add a sprinkling of your favourite fresh herbs such as fresh dill, oregano or parsley for an extra kick of flavour!

Storage

This sandwich is best eaten immediately after making it, but you can wrap the sandwich or place it in an air-tight container and store it in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

Cucumber sandwich on cutting board.

FAQ’s

What spreads can I use for vegan cucumber sandwiches?

You can use a variety of spreads such as vegan butter, vegan cream cheese, hummus, or mashed avocado.

Are vegan cucumber sandwiches healthy?

Vegan cucumber sandwiches can be a healthy option especially when using whole-grain bread, loading up on veggies and using a healthy fat spread like hummus or avocado.

Cucumber sandwich on cutting board

Vegan Cucumber Sandwich

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Author: Erika Piper
This simple staple ticks all the sandwich boxes. Freshness, crunch factor, and simple flavouring. Crisp cucumber slices sprinkled with salt and pepper, on fluffy buttered bread topped with a handful of peppery arugula.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • ½ a cucumber
  • 4 slices white bread
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 2 handfuls mixed greens
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Wash and slice half of a cucumber into 1/4 inch slices, you should get about 20 slices.
  • Lay the cucumbers on a piece of paper towel and lightly sprinkle with salt. Top with another sheet of paper towel. Leave for 3-5 minutes. This will draw some of the moisture out.
  • Butter each piece of bread. Layer the cucumbers onto two slices of bread
  • Sprinkle the cucumbers with salt and pepper to taste. Top with a handful of mixed greens.
  • Top with the remaining slices of buttered bread. Slice the two sandwiches in half and enjoy.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 sandwichCalories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 6gFat: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 4g
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