Clean Diet

Tea Sandwiches

Tea sandwiches need not be the fodder of fancy or formal affairs. Strip the table of linen and china and try these tiny sammies for a surprisingly light snack.

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Modern tea sandwiches are a recurring trend, popping up everywhere from birthday parties to cocktail bar menus. And what’s not to love about two-bite favorites such as cucumber and cream cheese, chicken salad and egg salad?

A lot, actually! Often made with white bread, slathered with butter and stuffed with a mayonnaise or cream cheese-based filling, these little treats can pack a fat-laden punch. But the good news is that lightening up these delectable snacks is simple thanks to a few easy tweaks:

  • Use whole-grain bread in place of white.
  • Eliminate the butter often smeared on the inside of each slice of bread.
  • Try asking your local baker to slice a whole loaf of whole-grain sandwich-style bread into horizontal slices. Discard the top and bottom slice. Spread the fillings onto half of the bread slices, then top with the other half of slices to form long sandwiches. Using an electric or serrated knife, remove crusts and cut into triangles or fingers.

When it comes to filling your modern tea sandwiches, Clean Eating has a few new takes on three classics:

Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese & Cucumber: Purée low-fat cream cheese in a food processor with hot-smoked salmon and fresh dill. Spread onto bread and top with cucumber slices.

Mango Chicken Salad: Combine shredded cooked chicken, chopped mango, cilantro and a mixture of raw honey and Dijon mustard. Spread onto bread.

Curried Egg Salad: Mix together hard-boiled egg whites, nonfat plain Greek-style yogurt, curry powder and currants or raisins. Spread onto bread.