Sunflower Chive “Cheese” Cucumber Bites

BY : PUBLISHED : December 31st, 2014 UPDATED: August 17th, 2021

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!

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Sunflower Chive 'Cheese' Cucumber Bites

Renee Press
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. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 124 kcal
DIET Vegan


  • 4 large cucumbers
  • 1 cup of raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons of 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 Tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup of water, or more as needed to get to creamy consistency
  • Optional: sprinkling of sumac on top


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!


Calories: 124kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 5gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 151mgPotassium: 345mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 115IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chive cheese, cucumber appetizer, cucumber bites, sunflower seeds
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About Renee Press

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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