Happy St.Patrick’s Day everyone! With all the Irish day talk of drinks, desserts and dinners – you don’t want to forget lunch. So I present you with my Mint Cucumber Wasabi Tea Sandwiches! And this recipe is green and festive to fit the day (and match your green outfit). This is one of my favorite green sandwiches. I usually serve it at tea parties or showers. Light and lovely, cool and crunchy with a kick of spiciness. A leprechaun-approved bite for St.Patrick’s Day. Get my recipe!..
Irish Tea. Grab some Irish Tea (or coffee) this St.Patrick’s Day and whip up these easy delicious lunch tea sandwiches. Make a few for the girls (or guys!) – or enjoy then on your own.
Mint, wasabi sauce and cucumber line the inside of these crunchy, spicy, flavorful bites. I use fresh spelt bread for these sandwiches – the hearty yet velvety grained bread matched perfectly with the light mint and cool cucumber accented by the bold creamy wasabi sauce. And my version of this recipe is vegan and dairy-free – but you can certainly make a “mayo” substitution if you’d like.
Make it kid-friendly! – simply remove or reduce the wasabi powder for a kid-friendly sandwich.
Mother inspired. These little sandwiches were inspired by a recipe for mint-butter sandwiches my mom used to make for parties when I was growing up. I was intrigued by her tiny white bread, crusts-cut-off sandwiches. The mint smelled so fresh and the cucumber so perfectly cool and crisp. I thought, how odd to be slicing cold hard butter as a sandwich ingredient – especially since my mother rarely used butter on anything. But she called the finger sandwiches elegant. I tasted one and loved it. Cucumber, mint and soft white bread, with an odd creamy bite of butter. Those flavors stay on the tip of my taste buds even today. And this creation is my modern/vegan version of the classic butter/mint tea sandwich.
side note: I am quite proud of this recipe because it was published in the Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook!
Cucumber Mint Tea Sandwiches with Wasabi Spread
vegan, makes 8 small sandwich bites
4 slices of fresh spelt bread
1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced (peeling optional)
3 Tbsp wasabi maple spread (recipe below)
black pepper grinder
fresh mint leaves (small leaves – or chop larger ones)
fresh dill (optional)
Wasabi Maple Spread
2 Tbsp Vegenaise (or your favorite mayo)
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1-2 tsp wasabi powder
dash of black pepper
1. Mix up the wasabi spread. And slice your cucumbers. Pinch or chop your fresh mint leaves.
2. Slice your bread and add the wasabi spread.
3. Add the cucumber and mint.
4. Close sandwiches and slice into tiny bite sizes.
Irish Tea or Irish Coffee optional for St.Patrick’s Day.