Joy the Baker

Green Goddess Tea Sandwiches

May 5, 2011


What do mothers want for Mother’s Day?

Breakfast in bed?  Flowers?  Jars of honey?  Hand sewn pot holders?

Crown of daisies?  Wads of cash?  A high five?

Gum?  Altoids?  Pet goldfish?

I’m hoping the answer is lunch with tea sandwiches and cocktails…. cause that’s what’s going to happen for my mom.

I’m making lunch.  I’m setting the table.  I’m using the fancy linens.  I’m also doing the dishes.  I should buy flowers too… someone remind me.

I think my mamabear is most stoked about the clean dishes… let’s be real.

Wait… have you ever had Green Goddess dressing?

Green Goddess dressing is packed with fresh herbs, lemon, garlic, and bound with some sort of yogurt or mayonnaise.  Fresh herbs?  It’s so delicious.

These tea sandwiches are inspired by that dressing.

I feel silly giving you an exact recipe for a simple tea sandwich.  Can I just throw your inspiration your way?

Soak it up and pass it on to your mamabear.


I chopped up a tablespoon each of fresh mint and fresh basil.

I mixed the fresh herbs into 2 tablespoons of softened unsalted butter.

Also!  A dash of salt a pepper.


In a separate bowl I stirred together softened cream cheese with about 1/4 cup of fresh chives and a bit of lemon zest.  Black pepper too!


Thinly sliced cucumbers, carrots (shaved with a vegetable peeler), and spinach (not pictured).

Sandwich guts!


Cream cheese chive spread spread on one side of crustless white bread.

Herby butter slathered on the other side of crustless white bread.


Cucumbers, carrots, and spinach are stacked.

Not too heavy.  These are delicate suckers.


Breads are pressed together and sliced in four.  Eat ferociously.

Pinky up.

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  • “eat ferociously. pinky up.” That should be a life mantra. Or AT LEAST a t-shirt slogan. Market that stuff!

  • oh dear, where do you come up with these questions what mothers want for their day??
    i died of laughter at GUM, seriously!

  • How delightful and absolutely cute! They’d be perfect for high tea arvo

  • These look wonderful. Love the combo of the herb butter on one slice and the dressing on the other. I wonder what the sandwhich would be like with substituting the cream cheese for softened avocado? I have never tried a green goddess dressing so I will give it a go.

  • Your Mom is one lucky Mom! happy mothers day Joys Mom!

  • Wow these look sooooo great and what fab plates!!!!
    I am really looking forward to making them. They are just so dainty and will be perfect for summer picnics :0)

  • cream cheese and chives. i could think of at least 50 other things i want to spread them on and eat!

  • I’ve actually been wanting to make green goddess dressing for the longest time. I first saw it in Jamie Oliver’s Americas cookbook. He used it on a salad, and garnished the salad with edible flowers, and that made the salad look so gorgeous. I would never have thought of using this dressing on sandwiches, but I think you mum will be really stroked. Your plates look beautiful too! I’m sure you’d have a fun time with your mom!

  • This looks like an upgraded and larger version of sandwiches served at English high teas. They might steal your green goddess idea:)

  • I’ve never had green godess either – is it a US thing? The sandwiches look divine, though!

  • P.S. Do you still have room on your Pen Pals list? Or have you already filled up? What a fun idea! I have some beautiful stationary that just sits there because no one writes letters anymore. If you have any spaces left, I would love to sign up!

  • These sound delicious Joy! I love the Green Goddess seasoning from Penzeys so I know these must be awesome. I am going to my Niece’s picnic on Friday for her kindergarten class and I know these will be included in my picnic basket! :-)

  • These look so pretty – I’ve never heard of green goddess dressing but it’s a great way to fancy up some sandwiches!

  • I never had green goddess dressing!

  • Can’t sleep but glad I’m up reading a new post from you!

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