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These classic cucumber dill sandwiches are perfect for parties and picnics, featuring a dill cream cheese spread on crunchy crostini.

Cucumber Dill Sandwiches

What’s better than that classic combination of cucumber and dill? I grew up on these cucumber dill sandwiches: my mom would make them for picnics and parties. Turns out they’re a bit of a retro snack, served on those little cocktail rye breads. But they go back even further than that: cucumber sandwiches come from Britain and were served as tea sandwiches! So they’ve got an even longer history. And for good reason: they’re simple to make and seriously refreshing. Here’s how to make cucumber dill sandwiches!

Cucumber Dill Sandwiches

How to make cucumber dill sandwiches

Here at A Couple Cooks, we love recipes that are seriously simple. (In fact, we wrote a whole book about simple recipes!) And simple ideas are even better when they seem fancy, like combining cucumber and fresh dill. These cucumber sandwiches are one of our favorites for picnics, since they’re summery and light. They’re also perfect for entertaining: a fancy brunch, baby shower, backyard party, etc.

To whip up these cucumber sandwiches, here’s what to do:

  • Make crostini: Thinly slice a baguette and bake it for about 10 minutes at 350F until crisp. You also can use cocktail rye breads, those mini rye bread loaves you can find at the grocery.
  • Spread on cream cheese: For the cream cheese, we chop up a bit of fresh dill and add it to the cream cheese, along with some salt and pepper. While we usually use cream cheese as the base, but you can use any spreadable soft cheese, even goat cheese.
  • Add sliced cucumber: Then just throw sliced cucumber on top and another sprig of dill, and you’ve got some delicious cucumber dill sandwiches!

What type of cucumber to use?

One note on cucumber varieties! We like an using English cucumber here instead of a standard cucumber. They have a milder flavor and don’t have large seeds. Also, the peel is easily edible, whereas the peel on standard cucumbers can sometimes taste bitter.

Want more with cucumbers? See Top Cool Cucumber Recipes.

Cucumber Dill Sandwiches

Growing fresh herbs

Do you grow your own herbs? Since cucumber dill sandwiches recipe uses fresh dill, we wanted to emphasize how easy it is to grow herbs at home. You don’t even need any garden space! All you need is a sunny ledge and you can grow herbs in a pot. Dill is one of our favorite herbs to grow. Want to get started? Here’s How to Grow Herbs.

Cucumber Dill Sandwiches
This recipe was part of a picnic we shared with Shelly of Vegetarian Ventures

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Cucumber Dill Sandwiches

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 small toasts 1x


These classic cucumber dill sandwiches are perfect for parties and picnics, featuring a dill cream cheese spread on crunchy crostini.


  • 24 baguette slices or rye cocktail bread
  • 1/2 English cucumber
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus more to garnish
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Thinly slice the bread and place the slices on a baking sheet. Toast for about 10 minutes until crisp.
  2. Thinly slice the cucumber.
  3. Mix the cream cheese with the chopped dill. Season with kosher salt and black pepper, to taste.
  4. Spread each bread slice with the cream cheese. Top with a sliced cucumber, a bit of kosher salt, and a sprig of fresh dill.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Cucumber Dill Sandwiches, Cucumber Sandwiches

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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  1. Yum, I have a weird thing for cucumber toast/sandwiches, they are just so yummy! I had them at my bridal shower and I think I ate the whole tray!

  2. I love dill, and I always think it just goes perfectly with cucumbers. These look like a simply perfect appetizer for any gathering! Thanks for sharing.

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