Radish Rose Tea Sandwiches

Ravishing. Stunning. Gorgeous. All words to describe these radish rose tea sandwiches. Made with lemon butter, these bite-sized, open-faced sandwiches are perfect for tea time.

Radish Rose


Radish Rose Tea Sandwiches 

Why have boring radish tea sandwiches at your next tea party when you can make these gorgeous radish rose tea sandwiches?

Ok, I’ll tell you why. They’re a PAIN to make. 

I’m not going to lie. This isn’t a quick and easy tea sandwich recipe. It’s a long and difficult tea sandwich recipe. 

But look at the result of the time that goes into it — these finger sandwiches are sooooo pretty. 

I spent a good 10 minutes admiring my work after I made them.

They’re so elegant and so perfect. They’re made to impress.

Radish tea sandwiches make a good vegetarian option for tea time or for small bites for a party. 

NOTE: DO NOT make these for a party of more than 2 people unless you have a death wish and/or have 5 hours to spare to make these. Not recommended for people with high blood pressure.

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What I Used to Make These Radish Tea Sandwiches

Lemon butter

How to Make Radish Tea Sandwiches 

This recipe is all about mixing, slicing, and dissolving into a pile of frustrated mess. Ready to see it all come together? Great!

First part is the mixing. Softened butter, lemon zest and juice, and salt all go into a small bowl. Mix together. Done! Set aside.

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Cut out circles from very thin white bread using a round cookie cutter.

You can use pretty much any size cookie cutter but I like to pick a size that can cut out two circles from the bread. I used a 2″ round cookie cutter for this recipe.

Make sure you avoid the crust. *Shudders* — heaven forbid you see the crust!

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Slicing the radishes comes next.

This is where the mandoline slicer comes into play. With a knife, it’s difficult to get such even, thin slices.

Use the food holder thingee so you don’t slice up your hands since the radishes are so small.

Radishes are pretty juicy so blot them dry by laying them out on paper towels.

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To assemble the bottom of the sandwich: butter a bread circle, top with a radish slice that’s the same size as the bread, a dab of butter on the top of the radish, then bread, then butter again.

The top layer of bread is where the radish flower will sit, so I use a generous portion of lemon butter.

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We did the mixing and the slicing. Now the frustrating part begins. 

Take the radish slices and cut them in half so that you have half circles. You’ll need 12 half circles for each rose and I worked the radishes 4 pieces at a time. 

Working with all 12 pieces at once was nearly impossible and it made me want to reconsider all my life’s decisions.

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How to make a radish rose

Take four half-circles and fan out the slices a bit, then take one end and start rolling. 

This part is the hardest. The radish slices are so tiny they’re hard to work with and they keep wanting to unroll.

How to make a radish rose

Once you get it to roll, place it in the center of the tea sandwich. This is where the butter helps to keep it in place.

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Get 3-4 more slices and place it around the center of the radish rose, fanning it out.

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Get the last 3-4 radish slices and place it around the other side of the rose.

DONE. Whew! And it only took 45 minutes to make one. I kid, but really, it’s not TOO much of an exaggeration.

I did get better at making them the more I made them.

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Best Tea to Pair with Radish Tea Sandwiches

This is a mild flavored tea sandwich so it would pair well with green tea, oolong tea, or black tea.

I would recommend Gyokuro, a Japanese green tea, Li Shan oolong tea, or the always reliable Earl Grey.

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Radish Rose Tea Sandwiches

Radish Rose Tea Sandwiches

Yield: Makes 4 tea sandwiches

Gorgeous red radish rose tea sandwiches for tea time.



  1. Mix together softened butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Cut 2 circles out of each slice of bread using a round cookie cutter.
  3. Slice radishes on the thinnest setting on the mandoline slicer. You'll need a total of 24 radish slices.
  4. Cut radish circles in half. Blot to dry using paper towels.
  5. Assemble the tea sandwich by buttering bread circle, topping it with a radish slice, butter, then bread circle. Generously butter the top of the sandwich where the radish rose will be placed.
  6. For the radish rose, you'll need 12 half circles.
  7. Get 4 slices of half circles of radish and fan out slightly so the pieces stagger a tiny bit. Roll and place on top of buttered tea sandwich.
  8. Get 4 more slices of radish half circles and fan out slightly and place around the center of the radish rose.
  9. Do the same with the last 4 half circle slices on the other side of the rose.


TEA PAIRING: I would recommend Gyokuro, a Japanese green tea, Li Shan oolong tea, or the always reliable Earl Grey.

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  • Ooooo, this looks good! Thanks so much for posting (and beautifully styling) this post for us! 🙂

  • Thanks, Will!! This was fun to make…and eat!

  • You made this? Wow, I am so impressed! This looks so good.

  • Jee (Oh, How Civilized)
    7 years ago

    Hi Milla, they were super easy to make! Give it a try!

  • 11 months ago

    They are lovely. I love your sense of humor about it, but all that fussing really makes for a stunning photo. Caught my eye! Thanks!

    • Oh, How Civilized
      11 months ago

      Hi Donna, thanks for reading and your comment!

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