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Ranch Cucumber Bites

Ranch Cucumber Bites
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 15 min
  • Servings 12

It doesn't get much easier than these. Mix together cream cheese with herbs and use it to top perfectly pretty cucumber slices. Finish it off with a cherry tomato for a burst of summer flavor! ...MORE+ LESS-

Wholefully Wholefully
September 8, 2017

Ingredients

1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
2
tablespoons dried parsley
2
teaspoons dried dill
1 1/2
teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2
teaspoons onion powder
1
teaspoon dried chives
1/2
teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1/2
teaspoon black pepper
1-4 tablespoons buttermilk (see tips)
2
large cucumbers, sliced into 2 dozen 1/4-inch thick rounds
12
cherry tomatoes, halved
Fresh chives, for garnish

Steps

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  • 1
    In a medium-size bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese, parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, chives, salt and black pepper until well combined—you can do this with a hand mixer if it’s easier for you.
  • 2
    Add in the buttermilk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the cream cheese is thin enough to easily spread or pipe onto the cucumber slices (usually right around 2 tablespoons). Taste for seasoning, and add more salt if necessary.
  • 3
    Spread or pipe 1 heaping tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture onto each cucumber slice.
  • 4
    Top each slice with half a cherry tomato and garnish with fresh chives. Yields 24 cucumber bites (2 per serving).
  • Don’t have buttermilk around? No problem. Take 1/4 cup regular milk (even unsweetened nut milks will work) and mix with 1 teaspoon of white vinegar. Let sit for about 5 minutes to sour.
  • Piping sounds intimidating, but it really is the easiest way to do these. You don’t need any special equipment—just put the cream cheese mixture into a zip-top storage bag, clip off the corner with scissors, and squeeze the topping onto each slice.

Expert Tips

  • You can make these fully assembled up to 4 hours ahead of time. If you want to prep earlier than that, go ahead and mix up the filling and place it in a zip-top bag in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve, warm the mixture up by kneading it with your hands, then pipe onto freshly sliced cucumbers.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
90
Calories from Fat
60
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
10%
Saturated Fat
4g
19%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
20mg
6%
Sodium
160mg
7%
Potassium
160mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate
4g
1%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
2g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
8%
8%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • In the summertime, my philosophy is that the less time my stove or oven can be on, the better—and these no-cook Ranch Cucumber Bites fit the bill. They are the perfect summertime snack or backyard barbecue appetizer, and they come together in about 15 minutes without heating up your house. Can we also talk about how gosh darn cute they are? With the bright colors and the fresh veggies—don’t they just look like summer? Your guests will swoon!

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