Cucumber Ciabatta Sandwiches with Spinach and Lemon-Mint Goat Cheese

cucumber sandwich

This one time, when we lived in Upstate New York, my mother and I met a family friend for lunch somewhere in Niagara on the Lake. I was likely around 6, which was old enough to remember how scenic the restaurant was-I remember it being beautiful-but young enough to not appreciate what I was served. Tea tasted exactly as I imagined earth would, and I could hardly stomach the thought that cucumbers and bread were mingling on the plate in front of me. I don’t even know if I tried the cucumber sandwiches, to be honest; all I remember was not grasping that they could exist. My confusion makes sense when you consider how frequently my sandwiches back then consisted of nothing but peanut butter and jelly. Why would cucumber be my go-to sandwich topping?

Clearly things are different now, and I owe it to a little place in Sarasota, Florida called White Horse Pub. Not everything I have eaten there has been wonderful, but I have learned that the experience is at least guaranteed to be interesting. And if you go, you must promise me you will get their fantastic cucumber sandwich in my honor. Ciabatta bread topped with spinach, cucumber slices, flaky sea salt, and lemon-dill goat cheese. Om nom nom. That sandwich is what inspired the recipe here, and I am sure you will find it quite similar.

Just because I no longer live in Florida does not mean I am incapable of pretending everything is the same! Except, of course, the fact that there is mint (rather than White Horse’s choice of dill) in the goat cheese, spread atop wonderfully perforated ciabatta bread. That, I am afraid, is the only addition I felt necessary when I sought to recreate my beloved sandwich. Now, if someone could just help me find a similar pear cider to enjoy alongside this lovely recipe from my perch in Saint Paul. And also ship me some of the Bourbon Caramel Gingersnap gelato from White Horse’s neighbor, Café a la Mode. Then, I suppose I will be all set. 

Cucumber Ciabatta Sandwiches with Spinach and Lemon-Mint Goat Cheese
Makes 4 sandwiches

5 oz goat cheese log (not crumbled), softened
1 tsp fresh mint, roughly chopped
¼ tsp lemon zest
salt and pepper to taste
4 3-inch squares ciabatta, sliced in half lengthwise to create 4 sandwiches
1 cucumber, cut diagonally into thin slices
1 cup fresh spinach

Combine goat cheese, mint, lemon zest, salt, and pepper in food processor and pulse until combined. For each individual sandwich: Spread 1.5-2 tbsp goat cheese mixture* on the top half of ciabatta slice. Top the bottom half with ¼ cup fresh spinach, spread out in an equal layer. Top the spinach with cucumbers (roughly 5-6 slices), placed so that they slightly overlap one another. Replace the goat cheese-covered top slice of the bread. Repeat for the other three sandwiches. Serve.

*You may have a little goat cheese left over after this recipe. Feel free to add more to your sandwiches, or else refrigerate it and use it for veggie dipping!



Add Yours
  1. Dan

    I felt your sandwich was way better than the inconsistent one ar white horse in Sarasota. You took more time to being out the flavor of the goat cheese and you didnt skimp on any of the ingredients! You took a great idea from white horee and turned it into something savory yet light. The only problen was that you didnt share the leftovers! I guess i will have to make it for myself!


  2. Burrata, Persimmon, and Caramelized Onion Pizza – Queen Smithereen.

    […] this is [the most wonderful time of the year] / prosciutto ribbons, rendered fat / thyme-y red onions cooked down in their sugars like jam / then, creamy, white burrata plop! Steam, fresh out of the oven to meet chive confetti and shaved parm. We made it past all the rest of it. Nowhere to go but where we are going, you know. Thank goodness there are persimmons along the way. One Year: Hibiscus Herbal Tea Blend Two Years: Chili Lemon Tomato Sauce with Sautéed Vegetables Three Years: The Best Granola Four Years: Banana Berry Lavender Smoothie Five Years: Cucumber Ciabatta Sandwiches with Spinach and Lemon Goat Cheese […]


  3. Chocolate Fudge Cake – Queen Smithereen.

    […] One Year: Burrata, Persimmon, and Caramelized Onion Pizza Two Years: Hibiscus Herbal Tea Blend *tw also for discussion of depression + suicide Three Years: Chili-Lemon Tomato Sauce with Sautéed Vegetables Four Years: The Best Granola Five Years: Banana Berry Lavender Smoothie Six Years: Cucumber Ciabatta Sandwiches with Spinach and Lemon-Mint Goat Cheese […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.