Healthy Appetizer Recipes
Fresh Herb-Tomato Crostini is a versatile recipe. The tomato topping also serves as an ingredient for tangy tabbouleh salad.
- Recipe: Fresh Herb-Tomato Crostini
Alternate honeydew and cantaloupe for a colorful platter of Melon, Mozzarella, and Proscuitto Skewers.
For a simple, fresh appetizer, wrap mango slices and arugula in paper-thin slices of prosciutto. For a slightly different flavor, substitute another fruit, such as pear or cantaloupe, for mango.
- Recipe: Prosciutto-Wrapped Mango Bites
We like to eat this cool, creamy spread on toasted crostini or fresh veggies. It’s packed with the goodness of soybeans and tons of flavor from garlic and basil.
- Recipe: Roasted Garlic-Edamame Spread
This scrumptious appetizer is easy to prep. Simply roll a log of creamy goat cheese in fresh chopped thyme, parsley, tarragon, and mint in advance. Then, just before serving, spread onto fresh toasted baguette slices and top with sun-dried tomatoes and basil leaves.
- Recipe: Herbed Goat Cheese Bites
Start with black bean soup mix to make this zesty bean dip. Serve with slices of cucumber, bell pepper, or your favorite raw vegetable.
- Recipe: Cuban Black Bean Dip
Diced tomatoes and avocado blend with onion, jalapeño, and lime for unbelievably fresh Southwestern flavor. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips, and use leftovers to top a main dish.
- Recipe: Pico de Gallo
Cilantro adds a nice hint of spice to this creamy hummus dip. Serve with pita chips and sliced cucumbers.
- Recipe: Southwest White Bean Spread
This refreshing appetizer coats shrimp in a flavorful vinaigrette and showcases them in shooter glasses. Garnish with the leaves of romaine lettuce hearts and serve in an ice-filled tray at a spring or summertime party.
- Recipe: Shrimp Shooters
Roasting black-eyed peas gives them a crispy, dry texture that’s perfect for snacking. Chili powder and cumin give the beans a flavor-packed coating that won’t disappoint your guests.
- Recipe: Chili-Roasted Black Eyed Peas
Black-eyed peas, corn, tomato, peppers, and onions make a festive twist on salsa. Use Belgian endive leaves as a unique and healthy dipper.
- Recipe: Dixie Caviar Cups
Fresh mint, lemon rind, and honey dress up yogurt to make a light yet tasty dipper for strawberries or other fruit. Use Greek yogurt if you want a thicker dip texture without the added straining step.
This appetizer version of a caprese salad sandwiches mozzarella slices between grape tomato halves in an elegant skewer presentation. A drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of fresh chopped basil finishes off the tasty bites.
- Recipe: Mini Caprese Bites
Roasted red bell peppers add a kick of color and flavor to traditional hummus. Go ahead and double the recipe; leftovers make a tasty sandwich spread.
Recipe: Red Pepper Hummus