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Fast & Easy Dinner: Cucumber and Apricot Sandwiches

Fast & Easy Dinner: Cucumber and Apricot Sandwiches

After yesterday's holiday binging, tonight I'm in the mood for a no-cook meal of something light, meatless, and full of flavor. A sandwich layered with sweet stone fruit, fresh basil, smooth cream cheese, and tart cucumber is the ideal meal for when I hardly feel like squeezing into a bikini. The crisp arugula adds a nice crunch, and the whole wheat bread gives it that healthy touch. This sandwich also makes a great picnic dish when kept chilled in a cooler. Pair with a glass of nice white wine and a dollop of yesterday's leftover potato salad.

Cucumber and Apricot Sandwiches
From Better Homes & Garden magazine

1 large cucumber
1/2 of an 8-ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)
2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil
8 slices firm-textured whole wheat bread
2 large apricots or 1 nectarine, pitted and thinly sliced
1/2 cup arugula leaves or cilantro sprigs

  1. Peel cucumber. Cut cucumber in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Thinly slice cucumber; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl stir together the cream cheese, basil, and, if desired, 1/8 teaspoon salt.
  3. Spread about 1 tablespoon cheese mixture on one side of each bread slice.
  4. Top four bread slices with cucumber, apricot, and arugula. Top with remaining bread slices, cream cheese side down.
  5. To serve, cut each sandwich in half diagonally.

Serves 4.

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LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
I love apricots but is there something else I could use instead of cucumber? I'm not a fan at all of it.
SillyGirl SillyGirl 8 years
I just had this for lunch and it was wonderful. The Arugula (buy fresh not bagged) made the sandwich have an intense nutty flavor which was perfectly paired with the fresh cucumber. This is definitely a do again!
pinkdragonfly pinkdragonfly 8 years
This sounds amazing!
pinkdragonfly pinkdragonfly 8 years
This sounds amazing!
redsnapper redsnapper 8 years
This sounds freaking delicious! Can't wait to try it!
sls1825 sls1825 8 years
This sounds like a great recipe. I can't wait to try it.
jen-n-juice jen-n-juice 8 years
hmm, got the basil growing out front, about to buy some nectarines...maybe i'll go for this tonight...mmm...
zc zc 8 years
too odd a combo for me.
zc zc 8 years
too odd a combo for me.
madison63 madison63 8 years
sounds delish! it seems like the perfect mid-week dinner. can't wait to make it
prosecco-in-the-park prosecco-in-the-park 8 years
That sounds really interesting.. It reminds me of an English tea party for some reason! Ha ha, probably because of the cucumbers!I definitely would be up for trying this out!
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 8 years
That's just way too much bread for one sandwich, in my opnion. I'll pass on this one.
bfly1133 bfly1133 8 years
Not for me...but it is a really creative recipe for those who are into it. :)
amiemoos amiemoos 8 years
This sounds yum!
amiemoos amiemoos 8 years
This sounds yum!
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
Interesting. I think Id prefer apricots alone, not in a sandwich.
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