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Cucumber and Apricot Sandwiches

Makes 4 sandwiches
Start to Finish: 15 minutes


  • 1 large cucumber

  • 1/2 of an 8-ounce package 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. In a small bowl stir together the cream cheese, basil, and, if desired, 1/8 teaspoon salt.

  2. Spread about 1 tablespoon cheese mixture on one side of each bread slice. Top four bread slices with cucumber, apricot, and arugula. Top with remaining bread slices, cream cheese side down. To serve, cut each sandwich in half diagonally. Makes 4 sandwiches

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