This Peanut Butter Cucumber Sandwich may not be your typical lunch fare, but one bite of this crunchy, creamy combo and you just might be hooked! The unique pairing of peanut butter and cucumbers makes a perfect lunch or filling for tea sandwiches.
No, I haven’t lost my mind. Cucumber and Peanut Butter belong together. I said it.
Yes, I said it. Other peanut butter sandwiches have had plenty of time at the top. Now it’s time to let cucumbers take the spotlight in this easy sandwich recipe.
Don’t turn your nose up, you might have just found a new favorite!
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Think of this recipe as the sandwich version of dipping celery sticks in peanut butter. The simple crunchiness of cucumbers pairs perfectly with creamy, nutty, slightly-sweet peanut flavor. It sounds weird, I know, but you have to try it!
I was first introduced to this wacky concept at horse camp, years and years ago. To my recollection, I didn’t have the best time at the camp, but there was one highlight: Peanut Butter Cucumber Sandwiches.
They served these to us at lunch all week long. The first time I heard what was in between the two pieces of white bread on my paper plate, I turned up my nose. Like most kids, I was accustomed to familiar childhood staples like Fluffernutters and good ol’ PB&J.
But veggies?! In a sandwich?! You’ve got to be kidding me.
Ok, I know, cucumbers are technically a fruit, but I still often think of them as a vegetable.
Thankfully, I was hungry enough to take a tiny, cautious bite of this strange new food. That’s all it took. I gobbled up every last bite of that first Peanut Butter Cucumber Sandwich and I haven’t looked back.
In fact, a life long love of putting cucumber on my peanut butter sandwiches is just about the only thing I took with me from the week of horseback riding camp. Who woulda guessed?
What do I need?
Like the name suggests, you only need three ingredients to make this sandwich.
- potato bread – or your favorite sandwich bread.
- sliced cucumber
- peanut butter
What kind of peanut butter is best?
I like smooth peanut butter in my sandwiches, but crunchy is a tasty option too. You can use the sweetened shelf-stable peanut butter or the all-natural kind. Use the peanut butter you like to eat best!
Peeled or unpeeled cucumbers?
You don’t need to peel the cucumbers here. In fact, I think the cucumber sandwich tastes better with the peels in tact. The cucumber skin holds in some of the water so the sandwich doesn’t get soggy, and adds a little more texture.
Tips and Tricks
- Slice the cucumbers thin. I recommend them 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
- Put peanut butter on both slices of bread. The peanut butter keeps the water from the cucumbers from soaking into the bread.
- To make tea sandwiches, cut off the crust and slice each sandwich into triangles, squares or rectangles (“fingers”).
Peanut Butter Recipes
Need some more peanut butter in your life? Here are a few more recipes to take care of that craving.
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats
- Fluffernutter Cookies
- Fluffernutter Nutella Crescents
- PB & Fluff Brownies
- Peanut Butter Upside-Down Banana Cake
- Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies
- Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast Casserole
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints
- Double Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
If all else fails, there’s always an open peanut butter jar and a spoon. Sometimes you just GOTTA have some peanut butter!
Don’t worry. I don’t ONLY eat sandwiches with cucumber and peanut butter. I love a classic meat and cheese combo too, like these Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches and this Easy Meatball Sub Sandwich.
Need a sandwich that’s perfect for a weeknight meal? Try this Slow Cooker Chicken Sandwich or my family’s favorite BBQ Root Beer Chicken Sandwiches.
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Tired of the same old peanut butter sandwiches? Be bold and try this surprisingly delicious Peanut Butter Cucumber Sandwich for lunch this week. It might just become your kid’s new lunchbox favorite!
Peanut Butter Cucumber Sandwich
- 1 cutting board or plate
- 2 slices potato bread or your favorite bread
- 4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter or crunchy peanut butter
- 8-10 slices unpeeled cucumber
- Place both slices of bread on a plate or cutting board. Spread each slice with two tablespoons of peanut butter. You can add more or less to your liking.
- Evenly distribute the cucumber slices on top of one slice of bread covered with peanut butter.
- Take the slice of bread with just the peanut butter and place it peanut butter side down on top of the one covered in cucumbers. Slice in half.
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This post was originally published on 8/29/12. It has been updated in format and with new pics on 1/25/22.
Comments & Reviews
This sounds good – I’ll get some fresh cucumbers this weekend so I can try it. Thank you for being brave and posting this recipe!
When I was younger, my mom had gotten a new babysitter for my brother and me. One of her jobs was to make lunch for us. My mom had left her a note with options for our lunches. For me she wrote that I liked either turkey or cheese, and for my brother, he liked either peanut butter or ham. Well, something got lost in translation, because I ended up with turkey AND cheese (which is fine), and my brother got ham AND peanut butter. Ew! So, compared to that, peanut butter and cucumber sounds perfectly normal LOL. I’ll have to try it out!
Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking says
Oooh, Dana, peanut butter and ham sounds so disgusting!!! LOL!
Did your brother eat it? I love that story, thanks for sharing!
thanks for posting.
Ok I have to say it does sound weird but I love peanut butter and love cucumber so I am gonna try it when I get dome cucumber!!
Thanks for sharing!
I love peanut butter & cucumber sandwiches! I always spread a little sambal sauce on top of the peanut butter to spice things up. It’s delicious!
Jesse Picard says
Man why can’t I post..here we go sgain
This sandwhich is nothing new at all here in canada I have bern eating in since i was 18..now 38.
I was introduced to it my a roomate much older thsn I at the time.but here we add miracle whp (not mayo) on one side. Pb the other with some salt and pepper.seems odd but very very good.itd got that sweet/salty taste with a bit of zing.cukes help with pb not sticking to mouth
I grew up on peanut butter and cuc sandwiches. it was my grandfather’s favorite!
My Japanese mother used to make these for our school when we were kids. A lot of the other kids thought they were a bit weird! Lol. I’ve taken them a step further by adding either sour cream, cream cheese, or yogurt!
I meant school lunch box.
Ooh, I love the idea of adding the cream cheese! Will have to try that next time!!
Thanks for the comment!
Robert K.Searfoss says
Cucumber,onion,and peanut butter is better.
Ooh, thanks, Robert! I’ll have to try that one next!
Peanut Butter, Ham and Cucumber sandwiches are lovely been eating them for years
Ooh, Zoe, now that sounds interesting with the ham. Will have to try that next. Thanks!
When I was little, my parents always made peanut butter and cucumber sandwiches (amongst others) for the whole family when we made lunch for going on a long car journey. We all loved them and there were never any left as it always seemed like a perfectly normal combination to us. I didn’t know that it was considered weird until I was at uni, when all my friends said that they’d never heard of such a sandwich! Safe to say I converted a few of them to my way of thinking once they tried it 😀
Katie, I’m SO glad I’m not alone!! Everyone, including my kids have looked at me as if I had two heads when I talked about them. No one’s been brave enough to try them, so unfortunately I haven’t made any converts. Keep it up girl, for the both of us! Cheers to the cucumbers!!
My mother introduced me to pretty much this same sandwich when I was pregnant years ago. Except, we have one slice peanut butter, other with mayonnaise and of course the cucumber. My favorite to this day ?
I’m so glad I’m not alone, Jenna! I’ll have to try it with the mayonnaise now. I’m intrigued!
Been eating peanut butter and cucumber sandwiches for nearly 60 years now. We were raised on ‘em and loved them. My mother ate them when she was little too so they go back a spell. . A lot of coal miners in Pittsburg had them in their lunch buckets.
Over the years I started eating mine with tater chips layered into them. Something about the crunch it gave made me stay with it. What’s funny is I just had one about 15 minutes ago before I ran into this.
We also used to also eat cucumber sandwiches with lots of mayo as kids. Back when bacon was cured and smoked at home, we would slice it down and eat it on sliced bread cold. People would think it’s raw today but it was already fully cooked during the smoking just not rendered down in a pan. Delicious sandwich, ate tons of them growing up and I’m still healthy as a horse.
Glad to see others like the peanut butter cukers.
J boring says
Have eaten this for many years 😋. Sometimes include mayo on the sandwich . My husband eats peanut butter and lettuce and mayo wraps
Alison McLachlan says
Planning my lunch and checked to see if anyone else had tried this combination, in fact, if I was the Only looney one, but no!! You’ve saved my sanity,I’m Normal!! Thanq!
Yes! Yes! I have been eating peanut butter and cucumber sandwiches for breakfast for a while now! I add just a little bit of salt after spreading the peanut butter and it enhances the taste of the peanut butter 😄
Great minds think alike! 😉
And oooh, love the salt idea, Aleah, thanks!