Since I was very young, I’ve loved cucumber sandwiches with cream cheese. When I started eating fewer animal products, I stopped eating cream cheese, and the grocery stores near me don’t sell vegan cream cheese. RATS! No more delicious cucumber sandwiches for me, I thought.
But then I realized cream cheese isn’t the only delicious thing in the world. For instance, my mom makes a really yummy dressing in the summer, when her garden explodes with cucumbers. So I’ve started eating a lot of cucumbers on toast with this dressing to get my cucumber and cream cheese sandwich fix. It’s not exactly the same, but the dressing is creamy and tangy, so it hits the spot.
The dressing uses mayo, which is not vegan, but it’s possible to buy vegan mayo, and it’s really easy to make yourself! I will put a few recipes for vegan mayo below. This dressing goes really well as a sauce on other sandwiches too, and tastes great with roasted artichokes and green salads. Enjoy!
1 cucumber, sliced (I prefer small cucumbers with fewer seeds)
2 slices of bread, toasted
1-2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 clove of garlic, finely minced
2 tsp salad vinegar (can be replaced with apple cider vinegar, sherry vinegar, or red wine vinegar, although salad vinegar is definitely the best)
Salt and pepper to taste
Basil (optional but delicious), finely shredded/chiffonaded
- Prepare the cucumbers: after slicing, put the cucumbers in a colander, salt them, and let drain for 10-15 minutes.
- Make the dressing: combine mayonnaise, garlic, and salad vinegar. Mix until smooth.
- Combine: dry cucumbers with a towel, and then combine them with the dressing. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Taste, and add salt and pepper as needed.
- Place cucumber slices on toast and bon appétit!