If you’re looking for a quick and easy snack, look no further! These delicious Grecian Cucumber Pesto Bites, topped with Kalamata Olives and red onions, make the perfect gluten-free snack or appetizer!
Lately, I have been trying to eat healthier and exercise more because I have packed on a lot of weight over the last two years.
So this mama stopped eating as much pasta, bread, sugar, and junk food. I’m now trying to eat more plant-based foods like the Mediterranean diet.
That’s how I came up with these Grecian Cucumber Pesto Bites. Usually, I would make this recipe using crostini bread instead of cucumbers.
I promise you that this healthier recipe won’t disappoint. We used Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto, which has a smooth texture and savory taste that gives this recipe a burst of Italian flavor.
Of course, the pesto tastes AMAZING, and it’s such a versatile product that can be used in many ways. You can stir it into warm pasta recipes or use it straight from the jar as I did.
What’s in Grecian Cumcumer Pesto Bites
- Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto
- Kalamata Olives
- Red Onions
- Italian Parsley
- Fresh Lemon Juice
- Olive Oil
How to use Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto
Here’s a few ideas how to use or make with the Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto
- pasta and grains
- marinating meats
- pita chips
- sweet potatoes
- salad dressings
You could even mix Greek yogurt with a jar of Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto or cream cheese to use as a dip for carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, etc. How would you use a jar of Creamy Genovese Pesto?
Few Facts about Barilla Creamy Genovese Pasta
- It’s imported from Parma, Italy.
- The Barilla family has been passing down it’s secrets of great-quality pesto since 1877.
- From the start to finish of making a jar of pesto it takes as little as three hours, this way it minimizes the handling of the product to preserve the natural color of the basil and the aroma of the Italian cheese.
- It’s made with 100 % Italian Basil.
- Uses garlic and fresh grated Italian cheeses.
- Creamy Genovese Pasta usually retails for $3.29 for a 6.2 ounce jar.
Where to purchase Barilla Creamy Genovese Pasta
- You can purchase it from Target (Super Target), Publix, Stop & Shop (Super Stop & Shop), Meijer, ShopRite, Hy-Vee, Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, and more.
- Barilla products are available to purchase at select stores. To find a store near you, visit: momsmeet.link/barillalocate.
Grecian Cucumber Pesto Bites topped with Kalamata Olives and red onions make the perfect gluten-free snack or appetizer!
- 1 jar Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto
- 2 cucumbers, sliced into 1” slices
- 1 cup Kalamata Olive slices, chopped
- 1 cup red onions, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Italian Parsley, minced
- 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- Place chopped onions, minced parsley, and chopped olives in a mixing bowl. Add in the lemon juice, and olive oil. Toss lightly, cover with saran wrap. Next, place in refrigerator until needed.
- Clean and slice cucumbers into 1 inch slices. Place the cucumber slices on a baking sheet with a cooling rack.
- Spoon a little bit of the creamy pesto onto each cucumber slice. Next, remove the olive mixture from the fridge.
- Place a bit of the olive mixture on top of each cucumber with the pesto. Place the cookie sheet with the pesto bites in the fridge until needed, or place on a serving tray and serve immediately.
You can peel the cucumbers then slice or leave the skins on like we did.
To clean the cucumbers put equal parts of vinegar and cold water into a large bowl. Let soak for at least 3 minutes. This will help remove any dirt or wax from the skins. Next, rub the cucumbers with a cloth then rinse in cold water.
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Cold
- Cuisine: Greek/Italian
Keywords: snack, appetizers, easy recipe, summer, pesto, Greek, Grecian, Mediterranean, Italian, Barilla
Don’t these Grecian Cucumber Pesto Bites made with Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto look delicious and refreshing? They make the perfect gluten-free finger food to snack on any time of the day! You should definitely try out this pesto from Barilla it’s so darn tasty, and it’s actually imported from Italy!
If you like this cucumber recipe check out my other recipes too.
Pin these Grecian Cucumber Pesto Bites
Disclosure: I received compensation from Moms Meet for this post. All opinions are my own, and this page may contain affiliate links.