A Ray of Sunshine: English Cucumber, Arugula, and Tomato Sandwich with Lemon Aioli


Isn’t she darling? I can’t help but smile whenever I look at her. A ray of sunshine, indeed.

I don’t know about you but I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of happy Spring. I love seeing new growth from the earth, love smelling the fresh clean air, and most of all, I love the sense of re-awakened life that happens with everything around me. Spring uplifts the soul.

Simple is better. Especially when you have fresh ingredients, bright flavors, and a fun mix of colors and textures. This sandwich embodies just that.

She’s easy breezy, delightfully scrumptious and healthy, and plus, she’s as cute as a button.

Preparing this is a treat.

Slicing the bread super thin. Running a fork down the cucumber to give it that fancy edge work. Fluffing the arugula leaves so it sits perfectly atop the rest.

But, the best part of course, is eating it. You get the pillowy softness of the bread, the fresh crunch from the cucumber, and the bright zing of the lemon aioli.

Perfection to the max.

It’s also very versatile. Sometimes I add alfalfa sprouts. Other times, buttery avocado slices. Thin sliced provolone cheese would also go wonderfully in here. The possibilities are endless.

Have fun in the sun!

English Cucumber, Arugula, and Tomato Sandwich with Lemon Aioli

Print the Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Servings: 1

Difficulty: Easy



2 very thin slices bread, crusts removed

2 thin slices English cucumber

1 thin slice tomato; seasoned lightly with salt and pepper

Very thinly sliced red onion; a few strands

Handful of arugula leaves

For the lemon aioli:


Mix 2 T. mayonnaise, preferably homemade, with a few splashes of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Whisk to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Cooking Instructions:


Assemble your sandwich by spreading lemon aioli on both sides of the bread. Place the cucumber slices on the bottom, then the tomato, the red onion, and finally the arugula leaves. Top with the other slice of bread.

Eat it as is or cut it in half.




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  • Sandra@Sandra's Easy CookingFebruary 28, 2011 - 2:11 pm

    mmm..this is such a beautiful looking your photo and fresh veggie combo!ReplyCancel

  • Island VittlesFebruary 28, 2011 - 10:17 pm

    your pic makes me think of a summertime picnic! Just the thought of crunchy cucumber and lemon mayo makes me happy. Yum…TheresaReplyCancel

  • Christina @ Sweet Pea's KitchenFebruary 28, 2011 - 11:22 pm

    I really can’t think of a better sandwich for spring or summer! It looks so super easy and delicious. I can’t wait to give this a try! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • HollyMarch 1, 2011 - 1:15 am

    This does look like a ray of sunshine!!! Gorgeous! I’m new around here and I’m totally smitten-I’ve added you to my blog list!!ReplyCancel

  • RitaMarch 1, 2011 - 5:20 am

    Yes, Steph, I can’t wait for spring to come, too! I can’t stand this chilly season anymore!!!! Grunt!
    I just love the simplicity of this sandwich: it would be perfect for a lunch outdoors in the garden… 🙂ReplyCancel

  • NatalieMarch 1, 2011 - 5:31 am

    This looks fresh, crunchy and delicious. Perfect for a sunny spring day, which is what I have woken up to this morning, it’s beauftiful! I’m going to take my dog out for a long walk then come back and make this feel good sandwich for lunch. Thanks for the springspiration!!ReplyCancel

  • SusiMarch 1, 2011 - 10:04 am

    Most definitely the best looking cucumber sandwich I’ve ever seen! I love how colorful it is and how beautiful you arranged it. This one is a great option for a light lunch :o)ReplyCancel

  • Mary @ Delightful BitefulsMarch 1, 2011 - 11:23 am

    That is a beautiful, colorful and healthy looking sandwich! Bookmarked!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xx
    Delightful BitefulsReplyCancel

  • Fresh and FoodieMarch 1, 2011 - 3:10 pm

    Yummy yummy! And beautiful, too. I used to love (and still do) those mini cucumber sandwiches on rye with dill spread, but yours look even more delicious. I love the detail you put into it. Lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Angie's RecipesMarch 2, 2011 - 12:31 am

    A light and delicious sandwich! I am ready for SPRING!ReplyCancel

  • lil @ sweetsbysillianahMarch 2, 2011 - 8:08 am

    i love tea sandwiches – or finger sandwiches…anything without crust! where were you a few months ago when i needed ideas for a bridal shower tea/brunch i was planning? 😉 these are beauteous!ReplyCancel

    • StephMarch 2, 2011 - 8:13 am


      I love it — “beauteous!”

      I know, I love anything crust-less, too. It makes things instantly cute, no? 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Min {Honest Vanilla}March 2, 2011 - 11:14 am

    how wonderfully true, a ray of sunshine indeed! so simple yet fully capture the essence of plain ol’ sandwich! looks like we’re all looking forward to the abundance that spring brings 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Vicki @ Wilde in the KitchenMarch 2, 2011 - 11:15 am

    Spring can’t come fast enough! That sandwich up these looks pretty springy and the light in the photo is great!ReplyCancel

  • Jun BelenMarch 2, 2011 - 5:32 pm

    Oh Spring! I just can’t wait any longer! Your sandwich looks delicately delicious. I love the thin slices of cucumber, the lemon aioli, the arugula. Thank you for the suggestions on using alfalfa sprouts and avocado. What a simple yet elegant sandwich to make while we wait for Spring!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa @ Tarte du JourMarch 2, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    Bravo! This looks so refreshing and crisp…… I love this kind of food! Simple food is the best food.ReplyCancel

  • JulianaMarch 3, 2011 - 3:03 pm

    Wow, this sandwich looks so pretty, all the colors are included…what a perfect meal 🙂 Lovely picture!ReplyCancel

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