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Cucumber Roll Ups (Easy Cucumber Appetizer Recipe)

This recipe for Cucumber Roll Ups are great for holiday entertaining. Cucumber strips are rolled up with a creamy filling featuring sun-dried tomatoes, fresh herbs, feta cheese, and kalamata olives. This cucumber appetizer might look fancy but it is so easy to prepare. I promise it will make a great addition to any holiday party appetizer spread.

Easy Cucumber Appetizer on a black plate with glasses of wine

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Creating this Easy Cucumber Appetizer Recipe

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I really feel like the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season snuck up on me this year.

It seems busier than ever and I’m not sure why, but probably because my kids are getting older, which means more to do, and there was a bit of traveling during November to keep us on our toes.

I can hardly believe Christmas is less than 2 weeks away.

I have two Christmas parties to attend this week. I’m all about keeping things simple this year, and these Cucumber Feta Rolls are perfect for keeping Holiday entertaining simple.

Making Cucumber Roll Ups

And, they’re a cinch to make when you use a Mandoline Slicer to slice up the cucumbers.

I’ve never had or made Cucumber Rolls before making this recipe, but I loved the flavors of feta with kalamata olives and sundried tomatoes inside refreshing cucumbers.

The filling is super quick to whip up, and could even be used as a dip to go with vegetables like sliced cucumber rounds and bell pepper strips. Plus, it would also be great with toasted pita chips. Yum!

step by step photos showing how to make Cucumber Roll Ups

Tools Needed to Make this Recipe for Cucumber Rolls

You’ll need a few different kitchen tools to help you prepare this delicious cucumber appetizer recipe. Here’s what I recommend:

  • Mandolin Slicer – to thinly slice the cucumbers for the cucumber roll-ups.
  • Paper Towels – to remove excess moisture from the cucumbers before assembling the cucumber rollups.
  • Flat Surface – like a baking sheet or cutting board to lay the cucumber slices on.
  • Sharp Knife and Cutting Board – to cut the vegetables and herbs in the filling.
  • Measuring Spoons – to measure the filling ingredients.
  • Medium Bowl – to mix the filling ingredients.
  • Small Silicone Spatula – to stir the filling mixture and spread it on the cucumber slices.

Ingredients in this Cucumber Roll Up Appetizer

Here’s what you’ll need to purchase to prepare a batch of these healthy cucumber appetizers:

  • Cucumbers
  • Feta Cheese
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Fresh Herbs: Dill or Oregano
  • Lemon Juice
  • Black Pepper

What is the Best Type of Cucumber to Use to Make Cucumber Roll Ups

I prefer to use English Cucumbers to make this recipe, because this variety of cucumbers has fewer (and smaller) seeds in them. Additionally, they’re nice and long so you have plenty of cucumber to roll up for a nice spiraled look.

To find the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions for this easy cucumber appetizer, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

photo showing how to roll cucumber rolls

How to Make these Cucumber Roll Ups

Here’s a quick overview of the process for preparing this easy appetizer with cucumbers and feta:

  1. First, using a mandoline, slice the cucumbers into very thin slices. Then, for best results, set the cucumber strips aside on a paper towel lined cutting board. This will remove excess moisture.
  2. Next, prepare the cucumber roll up filling by combining the feta, Greek yogurt, sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, fresh herbs, and dill. Then, spread the filling on top of one side of the cucumber strips.
  3. After that, starting at one end, roll the cucumber strips into a spiral. Lastly, secure with a toothpick if needed, and garnish with a fresh dill sprig.

The above is simply a quick summary of this recipe. Check out the full recipe in the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

What if I Don’t Have a Mandoline?

No worries! There are different ways to assemble this cucumber appetizer. If you don’t have a madoline, here’s what I recommend for assembly:

  1. First, peel the cucumber. Then, slice the cucumber into 1 1/2 pieces.
  2. Using a small melon baller, hollow out about an inch deep of the center of the cucumber.
  3. Then, fill the center of the cucumber with the filling. After that, garnish with a sprig of fresh dill on top.

TIP: Disposable piping bags work well for filling the cucumber pieces.

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Try this Easy Cucumber Roll Up Recipe!

Next time you’re looking for a standout dish to serve as an appetizer, give these Cucumber Roll Ups a try! Did you think it was a great cucumber appetizer recipe? Leave a comment below and give it a review for others to see what you thought of this healthy snack.

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Holiday Entertaining Ideas

It is that time of year again – you might be hosting a holiday party or you might be attending one. Either way there is a good chance that you’ll need a few more appetizer recipes to prepare.

These drinks, small bites, and dips are perfect for any Holiday appetizer spread and will go perfectly served alongside this recipe for Cucumber Feta Rolls. Check them out:

Favorite Appetizer Recipes

Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail is the perfect holiday cocktail! A homemade cranberry shrub with hints of black pepper, rosemary, and cinnamon is combined with bourbon and seltzer for a festive and colorful drink.

In this recipe for Greek Puff Pastry Appetizers with Kalamata Olives, puff pastry shells are baked and filled with a mixture of kalamata olives, red bell pepper, fresh oregano, feta, and spinach with a warm lemony olive oil vinaigrette for a scrumptious puff pastry appetizer perfect for any holiday party. 

This simple White Bean Bruschetta is a quick make-ahead appetizer to help simplify holiday entertaining and potlucks.

Spiced Pear and Pomegranate Crostini are the perfect solution for simple entertaining. They look far more special than a plate of fruit and cheese, but they’re really a cinch to prepare and they don’t require any special serving utensils.

This Endive, Pear, and Walnut Appetizer is perfect for this time of year with the delicious seasonal flavors of pear and cranberry. And you can assemble them literally minutes before serving them

Rosemary White Bean Artichoke Spinach Dip is a remake of the classic recipe so many know and love. In this recipe creamy white cannellini beans and rosemary pair perfectly with artichokes, fresh spinach, and cheese.

Asparagus Prosciutto Puff Pastry Pizzas might sound fancy but they are super simple to prepare and packed with the flavors of fresh asparagus, prosciutto, sun dried tomatoes, ricotta, and parmesan.

Shrimp Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms have a wonderful depth of flavor from all of the delicious ingredients: portobello mushrooms, shrimp, fresh basil and rosemary, extra virgin olive oil, parmesan cheese.

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Cucumber Roll Ups

Yield: approximately 20 rolls
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This recipe for Cucumber Roll Ups are great for holiday entertaining. Cucumber strips are rolled up with a creamy filling featuring sun-dried tomatoes, fresh herbs, feta cheese, and kalamata olives. This cucumber appetizer might look fancy but it is so easy to prepare. I promise it will make a great addition to any holiday party appetizer spread.

Ingredients

  • 2 English Cucumbers
  • 6 ounces Feta Cheese, crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 tablespoons finely diced Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • 8 - 12 pitted Kalamata Olives, finely diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon roughly chopped Fresh Dill
  • 2 teaspoons Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
  • Dill Sprigs, for garnish

Instructions

Slice the Cucumber Strips

  1. Using a mandoline set at the 2mm thick setting, slice the cucumbers longways into thin strips.
  2. Lay the cucumbers on top of a paper towel lined cutting board or baking sheet, then add another paper towel on top. Press to soak up the excess moisture.
  3. Let sit on the paper towels while you prepare the filling.

Make the Cucumber Roll Up Filling

  1. Add the feta to a medium bowl, then mash with a fork. Add the Greek yogurt, and continue to mash and stir the feta and yogurt until well mixed.
  2. Then, add in the sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, fresh dill, and lemon juice. Stir well to combine.
  3. Season to taste with salt and black pepper

Assembling the Cucumber Roll Ups

  1. Working with one cucumber strip at a time, spread a small amount (about a tablespoon) of filling over the length of the cucumber strip.
  2. After that, starting at one end, roll the cucumber strips into a spiral. Secure with a toothpick if needed.
  3. Repeat with remaining strips until all of the filling has been used. If desired, garnish the top of each cucumber roll up with a sprig of fresh dill
  4. If not serving immediately, chill until ready to serve.

Notes

What if I Don't Have a Mandoline?

No worries! There are different ways to assemble this cucumber appetizer. If you don't have a madoline, here's what I recommend for assembly:

  1. First, peel the cucumber. Then, slice the cucumber into 1 1/2 pieces.
  2. Using a small melon baller, hollow out about an inch deep of the center of the cucumber.
  3. Then, fill the center with the filling and garnish with a sprig of fresh dill on top. Disposable piping bags work well for filling the cucumber pieces.

Alternatively, you can try to use a vegetable peeler to cut thin strips of cucumber if you don't have a mandoline.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 68Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 15mgSodium 182mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 3g

GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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This Cucumber Roll Up Recipe was originally part of a Holiday Recipe Exchange published on December 12, 2011. The giveaway is no longer active.  The original comments from the recipe exchange and giveaway contest remain in this post’s comment section.

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Wednesday 6th of January 2016

This was a big hit at my work Christmas party...everyone wanted the recipe...will definitely be making this again.

Katie Goodman

Thursday 7th of January 2016

So glad you liked it!

Keith

Sunday 15th of December 2013

Just made these and the filling is scrumptious! I have 3 mandolins but found a peeler worked even better. Instead of a toothpick I 'glued' the end together with some of the cheese/yogurt mixture.

thanks - great recipe!!

Susan

Monday 2nd of September 2013

Delicious. These are like healthy "pickle wraps" - if you're not from the land of "hotdishes" (Midwest) you probably won't know what I am talking about :) But these cucumber rolls are delicious. I am going to have to work on getting the feta/yogurt a little more creamy - too much lemon juice? I used a tomato basil feta. Yum

Ella

Friday 30th of August 2013

Made this in the morning today and am not overly thrilled. I do not have a mandolin so I used the peeler as suggested, which does not really do the job properly or easily. After trying a few slices, I got fed up and just chopped up the cucumber and threw everything in a bowl and mixed it that way.

Ella

Monday 26th of August 2013

I am looking forward to make this later this week! I can hardly wait! I am making it just as it reads with no changes at all. Why mess with perfection?

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