Sunflower Chive “Cheese” Cucumber Bites

  • Yield : 50
  • Prep Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 30m

Perfect for a party, these are seriously  tasty AND very festive looking! They’re a cinch to whip up, and come together in no time. Best served chilled so make them ahead and pop them in fridge for an hour or so. The recipe makes about 50 pieces, perfect for a party, but you can half it if you prefer. Enjoy!


  • 4 large cucumbers
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp raw red onion, chopped
  • 1 large handful fresh chives, about 1/2 cup chopped, reserve about 2-3 Tbsp for sprinkling on top
  • 1 clove fresh garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup water, or more as needed to get to creamy consistency
  • Optional: sprinkling of sumac on top


Step 1

Combine sunflower seeds and salt in bowl of food processor. Process for 10-20 seconds until they form a fine powder. Add remaining ingredients onion through water and process again for 1-2 minutes, until super creamy. You will likely have to scrape down the sides once or twice. Set aside.

Step 2

If desired, peel cucumber lightly in alternating rows, to create a pretty striped effect on outside. Slice into 1-1.5" pieces and set aside.

Step 3

Spread a spoonful of "cheese" on top of each cucumber and place on plate or platter. Continue until done, sprinkle with chopped chives and sumac if desired, and enjoy!

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Renee Press is the founder of Fire and Earth Kitchen in Seattle WA. which offers cooking classes, food coaching, and chef services. She's on a mission to make vegan, gluten-free cooking easy, accessible, and delicious for everyone.

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Comments (4)

  1. posted by shannon_hickman on December 31, 2014

    What a great party dish! With something as creative as this, who needs chips and dip anyway? 😉

  2. posted by Laurie Grant on October 21, 2015

    What purpose does the yeast have in this recipe? That ingredient perplexes me.

    • posted by Renee Press on October 21, 2015


      The nutritional yeast in this recipe is used as a savory flavor enhancer. It is not an active yeast like yeast used for baking. It is an inactive yeast, which is used as a condiment and natural “cheesy” flavor enhancer. It’s also very high in B vitamins and other nutrients. That being said, you can leave it out and the recipe will still be delicious. Enjoy!


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