Meal Type, Appetizers

Pesto Tuna Caprese Cucumber Bites

Quick and flavorful cucumber bites topped with delicious pesto flavored Genova tuna, fresh tomato and basil, creamy mozzarella, and a drizzle of homemade balsamic reduction. These little Caprese bites are light, healthy, and perfect for entertaining! 

Original recipe courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen.

Total Time 6-8 Servings
5 5 0

Hands down the best canned tuna I've ever had. Always in nice meaty chunks, and the taste is out of this world.

Del Norte, Colorado
5 5 0

Absolutely adore the yellowfin tuna with olive oil. I can eat it straight without adding any extras, it also is extremely healthy! I never knew I could LOVE tuna, especially without mayo!

5 5 0

Wow!! First time buyer, and I’ll never go back to other company. Light, flaky and moist yet flavorful. Albacore Tuna with Olive Oil is delicious. Genova is my new brand in seafood.

Utica, New York
5 5 0

I just tried Genova tuna in oil for the first time. I have to say it is some of the freshest tasting tuna I have tried. I am hooked! #GenovaSeafood

San Antonio, Texas
5 5 0

Love it. Best tuna that we can get in the U.S. Closest thing to the freshness of the tuna we bring back from Italy.

Waterbury, Connecticut
5 5 0

REALLY enjoyed Genova's Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil. Firm, flavorful and filling! Unique packaging! #GenovaSeafood

Fort Collins, Colorado
6 5 5 0


  • 1 medium cucumbers, sliced into ½ inch rounds (I used an english cucumber from trader joe’s)
  • 1 (5 oz) can Genova Yellowfin or Albacore Tuna in Easy-Open can, drained
  • 3 tablespoons store bought pesto
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 7 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 7 basil leaves
  • 14 mini mozzarella balls (or you can just make small round mozz circles if you can’t find the balls)
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (any will work)


  1. Add balsamic vinegar and sugar to a small saucepan and place over medium high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce to medium low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring every so often until the balsamic vinegar turns into a thick syrup like consistency. Remove from heat and set aside. Note: if the mixture hardens up after removing from heat, just reheat it over a low heat.
  2. While the balsamic vinegar is boiling, add the tuna, pesto and freshly ground black pepper to a small bowl; stir to combine.
  3. Place about a ½ tablespoon of tuna pesto mixture on each cucumber round. Top with mozzarella ball, cherry tomato half, and small basil leaf and secure with a toothpick.
  4. Transfer all to a platter. Drizzle with balsamic reduction and serve immediately. Makes 14 bites.