Table Experience: Caprese Bites with Cucumber

Try this easy party food appetizer, Caprese Bites with Cucumber, next time you want to create a yummy “table” experience.

Caprese Bites with Cucumber

Some of our best friends came for dinner last week and we had a great time around the table. After a long day of work, obligations, and stress, we came together to enjoy some wine and appetizers on the back patio, with a yummy steak dinner. My husband made this delicious appetizer, Caprese Bites with Cucumber, using end-of-season garden cucumbers and tomatoes. A perfect way to start off our little dinner party! {Here is the link to our backyard lighting, if you’d like more information on the lights!}

Caprese Bites with Cucumber. “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”  ― John Wayne

The point of entertaining is to gather people around your table that you want to be there. That makes it fun and exciting for me as I plan a dinner party! It’s a beautiful thing to actually have people into our home who we want to invest time in, and hopefully in return they’re interested in our lives. (Secretly, it’s always nice to get a reciprocated invite, but we never base our friendships on that. That is not why we host.)

Caprese Bites with Cucumber. “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”  ― John Wayne


This is what “gathering” is all about. Some of Paul’s and my best moments as a married couple have been spent creating and cooking meals together–hours in the kitchen–often with the harvest from our garden. Then we gather at the table with people—some new and some old friends—creating community, love, and courage.

Caprese Bites with Cucumber. “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”  ― John Wayne ...


I write about courage a lot. I often to refer to John Wayne’s quote, “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”

Sometimes you just have to be brave, when you invite people into your home, especially if you’re a perfectionist and you worry about everything. It can all be scary—like the meal, the state of the house, will your family be accepted and loved, do you look okay, will your kids act out, what if you don’t know what to say? These are questions that go through women’s heads—I think women more than men—because image is very important to us.


Men seem to be way more relaxed, willing to toss a steak on the grill and make a giant salad and call it good, whereas women want to make things pretty, make more than enough food, stress the family out by cleaning the house (because, what will they think?), and we really want our families to shine and look “just right.” We want to be loved and accepted, so we work our little hinies off trying to make it all perfect.

Caprese Bites with Cucumber. “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”  ― John Wayne

3 R’s.

But when it’s all said and done–even if the food is amazing–it comes down sharing our hearts with each other—laying it out on the table. It’s where we are challenged, we listen, where courage grows. With the sound of glasses clinking, forks scraping, and words flying, we like to look at it as being recharged, rejuvenated, and sometimes love is rekindled.

The bottom line is this. We just walk away as better people when we have this kind of “table” experience.

Caprese Bites with Cucumber.

Now for the appetizer. Slice, layer, salt and pepper, add a basil leaf, drizzle with balsamic, and you’ll have the best party food in about 10 minutes!

When is the last time you “saddled up” and made an invite, even though it was a scary thing to do?

Caprese Bites with Cucumber. “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”  ― John Wayne ...

Cucumber Caprese Bites. “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” ― John Wayne ...
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Caprese Bites with Cucumber

Bites of Caprese goodness. If you don’t have balsamic glaze, lightly drizzle with balsamic and olive oil.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 12 -16 bites


  • 1 large cucumber sliced
  • 8 mozzarella slices
  • 2-3 heirloom tomatoes sliced
  • Fresh basil
  • Balsamic glaze we use DeLallo brand
  • Salt & pepper


  • Assemble the bites in the following order: cucumber slice, tomato slice, mozzarella slice; lightly salt and pepper.
  • Place a basil leaf on top of each bite and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

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9 comments on “Table Experience: Caprese Bites with Cucumber”

  1. those look delish….. I’ve just taken a leap of faith and volunteered to be this season’s connect group leader (women’s bible study)….something i’ve never done before —- COURAGE… yep ..I better be whipping some of that up! Hospitality is my talent and gift (so people tell me) — but the perfectionism.oyyy (it’s a killer)..your blog has been very comforting helping me overcome the F.EA.R. of being “enough”. Thank you! :) oh and your recipes….my “go to” spot for inspiration/ideas —

  2. Jeeez. I LOVE this post. I love the concept of Courage as it relates to opening up and letting people in. And the Three R’s – they’re the paradox of the time & effort it takes to entertain. It ends up paying off & you usually come away recharged, rejuvenated, and sometimes love rekindled all the more… Just as you said. You’re speaking my Love Language. Thanks for putting it into words Sandy!

  3. Yum. Sounds good for lunch. :) I love the lights hanging in your back yard. Could you recommend back yard lighting?

  4. I’m loving these – we are still getting tons of cucumbers right now and my son can’t eat enough!

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