Recipe + Photo by April Viar 

Try these easy and tasty Cucumber Appetizers with creamy chive cashew cheese. These bite-sized delights feature crunchy rounds of fresh cucumber, providing a perfect balance of crispness and creaminess. Ideal for summer gatherings or as a light starter. 

Servings: 12 


  • 3 English cucumbers 
  • 4 cups raw cashews 
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • 1oz container chives, finely chopped 
  • 1 large lemon, juiced 
  • 1 tsp onion powder 
  • 1 tsp cracked red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 cup water 


  • Place the cashews in a stock pot, cover them with water and boil for 30 minutes. After boiling, drain and rinse the cashews thoroughly. 
  • Combine the cashews, garlic, lemon juice, spices and water in a vitamix, blending until the mixture is smooth and creamy. 
  • Remove the mixture from the vitamix and transfer it to a bowl. Stir in the chopped chives until fully incorporated. Set to the side. 
  • Slice your cucumbers into 1/2 inch sections. Using a 1/2 tsp measuring spoon, scoop out a small portion from the center without creating a hole. 
  • Fill each cucumber piece with a spoonful of cashew chive cheese. 
  • Garnish with chives and a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes. 


You can always soak the cashews in the refrigerator overnight instead of boiling.