Flavorful Southern Tea Veg Sandwich Recipe

Well, howdy! If you’re a lover of southern cuisine like I am, then you’ll be tickled pink to hear about this recipe. Now, let me tell you straight up: southern tea vegetable sandwiches just might become your new favorite afternoon snack or party dish. Trust me on this.

These dainty little finger sandwiches are the perfect combination of savory and refreshing flavors that will transport you to a breezy porch rocking chair under the hot southern sun. Not only are they mighty tasty, but they also look downright fancy and may make ya feel like royalty while munchin’ on ’em.

But don’t be put off by their elegant appearance, because these veggie-packed nibbles are as easy as baking a pie. With just a few ingredients and some quick assembly skills, you’ll whip up a batch of these bad boys in no time. So, let’s get to it and serve up a slice of Southern charm with these tea vegetable sandwiches.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Tea Vegetable Sandwiches
Southern Tea Vegetable Sandwiches

Folks, let me tell y’all that this recipe of Southern Tea Vegetable Sandwiches is sure to tickle your taste buds and leave you craving for more. If you’re a fan of finger sandwiches, afternoon tea, and especially the southern-style cuisine, then this recipe is for you.

What is so special about these sandwiches? Well, first and foremost, the combination of fresh vegetables like cucumber, bell pepper, onion, and carrot along with the tangy flavor of horseradish and lemon juice make for a perfect blend of flavors that will leave you wanting another bite.

But that’s not all, as cream cheese is also added to make them creamy in texture and oh-so satisfying to eat. The unique blend of finely grated ingredients creates an even distribution of flavors throughout each sandwich. And if that doesn’t make your mouth water yet, top it off with thinly sliced smoked salmon to make the best vegetarian tea sandwich recipe.

Not only are these southern tea vegetable sandwiches delicious but they are also incredibly easy to make. So next time you’re looking to entertain guests or attend a potluck gathering or even just want to have sandwiches night in, don’t hesitate to make these sandwiches. Trust me; your guests would be impressed with its taste and presentation.

Therefore, I guarantee that this is one recipe you won’t regret trying out at your next high tea, baby shower or tea party. So what are y’all waiting for? Get cooking and taste the best vegetarian finger sandwiches recipes cucumber has ever seen!

Ingredient List

 These Southern Tea Vegetable Sandwiches are perfect for an afternoon garden party!
These Southern Tea Vegetable Sandwiches are perfect for an afternoon garden party!

Ingredients You Will Need

For our Southern Tea Vegetable Sandwiches Recipe, we will need to gather the following ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 medium cucumber, finely grated
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • ½ cup minced celery
  • ½ cup minced bell pepper
  • ½ cup grated carrots
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt to taste

Additionally, you will need bread slices for the sandwiches. You can use white or wheat bread, depending on your preference. Thinly sliced bread is recommended for tea sandwiches. If you prefer a heartier sandwich, use thicker slices.

For our vegetarian friends, this recipe can be easily adapted by leaving out the horseradish and substituting smoked salmon with thinly sliced vegetables such as radishes and beetroot.

Now that we have all of our ingredients ready let’s move on to the recipe how-to in the next section.

The Recipe How-To

 Light and refreshing, these sandwiches are perfect for a summer day.
Light and refreshing, these sandwiches are perfect for a summer day.

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients, it’s time to put them together! Follow these simple steps to make the perfect Southern Tea Vegetable Sandwiches.

Step 1: Prepare the Vegetables

Start by finely grating 1/2 cup of cucumber and 1/2 cup of carrots. Then, mince 1/4 cup of onion, 1/4 cup of celery, and 1/4 cup of bell pepper.

Step 2: Make the Filling

In a medium bowl, stir together 6 ounces of softened cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of grated horseradish, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt until well combined.

Add in the grated vegetables and minced onion, celery, and bell pepper to the bowl. Mix everything together until it has a smooth texture.

Step 3: Assemble the Sandwiches

Take one slice of white bread and spread about a tablespoon or two (depending on the size of your bread) of the vegetable cream cheese mixture over it. Cover with another slice of bread, pressing down gently.

Repeat until you have used all the filling mixture. Cut each sandwich into quarters or halves depending on how you prefer them.

Step 4: Serve Your Delicious Tea Vegetable Sandwiches!

Finally, your Southern Tea Vegetable Sandwiches are ready to be served in your next afternoon tea party or get-together! For another option, you can serve some with thinly sliced smoked salmon or use them as sandwich fillings such as Chicken Salad sandwiches or even Cucumber Egg Salad recipe to make a delicious meal.

Enjoy those finger sandwiches and relish in their fresh flavor!

Substitutions and Variations

 This delicious tea sandwich is the perfect balance of savory and sweet.
This delicious tea sandwich is the perfect balance of savory and sweet.

Now, let’s talk about some substitutions and variations you can make to this Southern Tea Vegetable Sandwiches recipe. As a chef, I always encourage cooks to experiment with different flavors and ingredients to find what works best for their taste buds.

Firstly, if you want to explore more sandwich fillings, chicken salad sandwiches and egg salad recipes are also great options for making finger sandwiches. Another variation is cucumber sandwiches with cream cheese, which is a popular option at tea parties.

For those who prefer vegetarian options, you can substitute smoked salmon with thinly sliced tomato or roasted eggplant. Instead of vegetable cream cheese, you can blend together some crumbled feta cheese with chopped fresh herbs like mint or parsley for a delicious and tangy filling.

If you want to add some texture to your sandwich, try mixing in some horseradish or finely grated carrots to the mayonnaise spread. For an added zest of flavor, add a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of salt as well.

When it comes to the vegetables, feel free to swap out the ones listed in the ingredient list with your favorites. You can use radishes instead of bell peppers, or add some thinly sliced mushrooms for an earthy taste. Green onions or minced red onion will also give your sandwiches an extra pop of flavor.

These variations allow you to make tea sandwiches that perfectly suit your preferences and dietary restrictions. Don’t be afraid to mix and match ingredients as the possibilities are endless!

Serving and Pairing

 A little bit of tea, a little bit of sandwich, a whole lot of flavor!
A little bit of tea, a little bit of sandwich, a whole lot of flavor!

Now that you have prepared your Southern Tea Vegetable Sandwiches, you might be wondering what to serve them with. These tea sandwiches are perfect for a light and refreshing afternoon tea party or as an elegant finger food option for any occasion.

For a traditional English-style tea service, I suggest serving these sandwiches alongside scones with clotted cream and jam, fruit tarts, and petite fours. A hot pot of tea or a cold glass of lemonade would also make a great pairing.

If you want to mix things up a bit, try pairing these vegetable sandwiches with some chicken salad sandwiches or an egg salad recipe. This will provide some variety in taste and texture while still keeping the overall theme of afternoon tea.

If you’re hosting a baby shower or bridal shower, these sandwiches can be the star of your party’s menu. You can serve them on beautiful tiered platters along with other small bites such as fruit skewers, cheese boards, and mini quiches.

In summary, whether you’re hosting a fancy high tea or just having a casual get-together with friends, these Southern Tea Vegetable Sandwiches will make a delicious addition to your menu. So go ahead and get creative with the sandwich fillings and make your own unique variation!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These sandwiches are easy to make and even easier to eat.
These sandwiches are easy to make and even easier to eat.

Now that you’ve whipped up some delicious Southern Tea Vegetable Sandwiches, it’s important to know how to store and reheat them properly. These tea sandwiches are perfect for making ahead of time, so you can focus on enjoying the party or event that you’re hosting.

To make these sandwiches ahead of time, prepare them as directed in the recipe but don’t cut them into serving sizes just yet. Wrap the whole sandwich in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before serving.

When you’re ready to serve your Southern Tea Vegetable Sandwiches, cut them into serving sizes and arrange them on a platter for your guests. If you have any leftovers after the event, they can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

If you need to reheat your sandwiches, be sure to do so gently as they can become soggy if overheated. Simply heat them in a preheated oven or toaster oven at 350°F for five to seven minutes or until warmed through.

These sandwiches are particularly great for baby showers, high tea parties or any afternoon tea occasion as they make excellent finger foods. With their unique blend of vegetables, horseradish sauce, and cream cheese spread over soft white bread, these tea sandwiches are an easy bite-sized delicacy that anyone will enjoy.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect lunchtime bite that won't weigh you down.
The perfect lunchtime bite that won’t weigh you down.

Now, let me share with you some tips to ensure your Southern Tea Vegetable Sandwiches come out perfectly.

1. Finely grate your vegetables: To easily incorporate the veggies into the cream cheese mixture and create a smoother texture, be sure to finely grate them.

2. Use softened cream cheese: Softened cream cheese will make it easier to mix everything together and will result in a fluffier consistency.

3. Refrigerate the sandwiches before serving: Chilling your sandwiches for at least an hour before serving allows the flavors to meld together and gives the cream cheese mixture a chance to firm up.

4. Use fresh lemon juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice will give the cream cheese mixture an extra zing that bottled lemon juice just can’t replicate.

5. Don’t skip the horseradish: The addition of horseradish adds an irresistible kick to the sandwiches that perfectly complements the fresh vegetables.

6. Experiment with different sandwich fillings: While this recipe calls for vegetables, don’t hesitate to try various other fillings such as chicken salad or egg salad for a different flavor profile.

By following these tips, you’ll create delicious Southern Tea Vegetable Sandwiches in no time!


Now that you know how to make the delicious Southern Tea Vegetable Sandwiches, you may have some questions about substitutions, serving options, and storage recommendations. Don’t worry! In this section, I will answer all the commonly asked questions to ensure that you have no doubts about making these finger sandwiches. So, read on!

What type of sandwich is commonly served at afternoon tea?

When it comes to enjoying a classic English afternoon tea, one can’t miss out on the quintessential finger sandwiches. Typically served in a set of five, these sandwiches come in a variety of flavors such as ham and mustard, cucumber, egg and cress, smoked salmon, and coronation chicken. These finger sandwiches are a staple in the British cuisine and are great for an elegant and light meal.

Can you make tea sandwiches the night before?

Preparing the fillings for sandwiches can be done prior and stored in the fridge in an airtight container for a couple of days. To prepare sandwiches beforehand, simply arrange the fillings between bread slices the night before and store them properly in the refrigerator by loosely covering with wax paper under a damp paper towel and placing them in an airtight container.

How far in advance should you make tea sandwiches?

For maximum flavor and freshness, it is best to prepare your sandwiches as near to the party day as possible. It is recommended to avoid making sandwiches more than 48 hours in advance to ensure optimal taste for your guests.

What is the best store bought bread for tea sandwiches?

For crafting tea sandwiches with a southern flair, I highly recommend using Pepperidge Farm’s Very Thin Sliced Bread, available in both white and whole wheat varieties.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, these southern tea vegetable sandwiches are the perfect addition to any afternoon tea, picnic, or party. They are easy to make, versatile, and can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for later use. By using fresh vegetables like cucumber, onion, celery, and bell pepper paired with creamy cream cheese and zesty horseradish, you can create these delicious sandwiches that are ideal for any occasion.

Not only are these sandwiches vegetarian-friendly, but they can also be customized to accommodate a range of tastes and preferences. You could add thinly sliced smoked salmon for an extra touch of sophistication or substitute the cream cheese filling with chicken salad or egg salad for a heartier snack.

So the next time you’re looking to add a touch of southern style to your tea time or finger sandwich selection, try making these delicious tea vegetable sandwiches. Your taste buds will thank you!

Southern Tea Vegetable Sandwiches

Southern Tea Vegetable Sandwiches Recipe

This was served at all wedding receptions, bridal showers, baby showers etc. at my mother's house. It is a great sandwich with cream cheese as its base and lots of grated vegetables. No one was allowed to get married without these at the wedding. From the big plastic bag of my mother's recipes.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Appetizer/Snack
Cuisine Southern American
Servings 4 dozen
Calories 236.7 kcal


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 carrots, finely grated
  • 1 cucumber, finely grated
  • 1 bell pepper, finely grated
  • 1 stalk celery, finely grated
  • 1 small onion, finely grated
  • mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 dash horseradish


  • After grating all vegetables, drain and squeeze out all the liquid you can.
  • Mix with cream cheese.
  • Add seasonings and enough mayonnaise to spread.
  • Serve on white bread with the crust removed and sliced in quarters.

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Serving: 887gCalories: 236.7kcalCarbohydrates: 10.7gProtein: 5.5gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12.5gCholesterol: 62.4mgSodium: 490.7mgFiber: 2.1gSugar: 4.4g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Brunch, Easy, Low Protein, Lunch, Onions, Peppers, Vegetable
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