You don’t have to be in England to enjoy afternoon high tea or low tea, in full British style. It all starts with these Radish and Herb Butter Tea Sandwiches (finger sandwiches).

1 open-faced and 2 rectangle, crustless radish and herb butter sandwiches on a round white plate

Just add some pastries and tea and you have the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

Enjoying afternoon tea is a lovely, civilized way to spend some time with friends or loved ones. A classic compilation comprises of a selection of crust-free sandwiches (open-faced if you like) some pretty pastries, scones and sweets, along with hot tea and optional Champagne.

2 open-faced radish and herb butter sandwiches topped with micro greens

Radishes are in season. If you’ve never eaten a radish, there are a few ways to enjoy them. The French eat them raw with creamy butter. I love them roasted, they get so sweet and delicious, but my favorite is in sandwiches.

Madeleine cookies and sweet treats in a tiered cake stand with tea sandwiches

When it comes to serving Radish and Herb Butter Tea Sandwiches, I like to aim for 2-3 crustless sandwiches per person. I also like to use a mix of white and brown bread for a pretty presentation. This recipe makes 12 mini sandwiches, for 4 servings. That is 3 sandwiches per person.

I did not grow up putting mayonnaise on sandwiches, we used butter. I kicked this up a notch by making a delicious and really easy herb butter using chives, dill and parsley.

A selection of sandwiches on a tiered tray. Salmon and cream cheese, radish and herb butter

The herbs in the butter can be changed up. Basil is so good in sandwiches and (if you like it) cilantro/coriander and tarragon are all good options. Whatever herbs you use, herb butter is a really good way to add so much fresh flavor. Herbed cream cheese is also a great idea.

It’s always nice to have a good selection of sandwich choices when serving afternoon. Here are some other filling ideas:

  • Smoked salmon with cream cheese and fresh dill
  • Cucumber and cream cheese
  • Egg salad
  • Cooked small prawn/shrimp salad
  • Ham and mustard
  • Cheese and chutney

When it comes to the sweet part of this, British-style scones and clotted cream are a must. I have 2 recipes for different scones. Classic Scones and Summer Strawberry Scones (< click text for links to recipes). 

There are only 2 things you need to top scones and they are clotted cream and jam. My Clotted Cream for Afternoon Tea post will explain all you need to know about this mandatory scone topping.

A closeup of an open-faced sandwich with herb butter, sliced radish and micro greens
Yield: 12

Radish and Herb Butter Tea Sandwiches

An open faced and mini crustless radish and herb butter sandwiches on a white plate

Petite and pretty tea/finger sandwiches made with herb butter, fresh radishes and micro greens.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (226 grams) salted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chives, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt to taste (depending on how salty your butter is)
  • 8 large slices of white and/or brown bread slices
  • 8 radishes, thinly sliced
  • Micro greens or greens of your choice

Instructions

  1. To a bowl add the butter, chives, dill and parsley. Mix well and set aside at room temperature.
  2. Lay out the slices of bread, spread an even layer of the butter onto all slices of bread. Add a layer of radishes onto half of the slices, slightly overlapping and top with micro greens . Top each with a slice of bread, cut off the crusts and cut into rectangles. You can also serve them open-faced.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

3

Amount Per Serving Calories 256Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 61mgSodium 383mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 4gSugar 1gProtein 4g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.