30 Appetizer Recipes That Will Cure Your Spring Fever
After a long winter, we’re all looking forward to dining al fresco and hosting guests outdoors for backyard barbecue bashes and family get-togethers. As you’re starting to venture outside more to soak up some sun for Easter dinner, Mother’s Day brunch, a bridal shower, or upcoming graduation this spring and summer, don’t neglect the most delicious start to any celebratory menu: the appetizers. Generally, when we think of spring, we think of green. And there’s no shortage of green in this collection of fresh and beautiful spring appetizers. These bite-sized appetizers feature the most colorful, juiciest, and crispiest fruits and vegetables of the bunch, as well as a lighter flavor profile to keep you and your dinner party guests satisfied (but not too full) until the second course. Here, 30 tasty appetizers that will cure your spring fever.
Strawberry Caprese Salad
Recipe: Strawberry Caprese Salad
This sweet and tart appetizer doubles as a fresh, crisp salad.
Recipe: Deviled Potatoes
Two Southern classics, deviled eggs and potato salad, collide to create these tiny delicacies.
Cured Salmon with Dill-Horseradish Cream
Looking for a different way to serve salmon to your guests this spring? Dill and horseradish make a great pair in a zesty, creamy sauce dolloped over melt-in-your-mouth salmon. Serve atop toasted sourdough bread slices for a delicious start to dinnerl.
Recipe: Spinach-and-Vidalia Dip
Say hello to a much-improved and tastier version of classic spinach dip. The kicker here is the flavorful addition of sweet Vidalia onions. Serve this creamy dip on the side of your crudité platter for guests to munch on while they mingle.
Tex-Mex Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Tex-Mex Deviled Eggs
No picnic, church potluck, or spring gathering is complete without deviled eggs. Here, we stuffed shells with all the ingredients you're familiar with, and we elevated the typical deviled egg recipe with plenty of bold Tex-Mex flavor to really wow your guests.
Smoked Egg Salad Toasts
Recipe: Smoked Egg Salad Toasts
Egg salad is pretty standard, but you can rev up traditional salad with a smoked, spicy mix to serve on toast this season.
Split Pea Hummus
Recipe: Split Pea Hummus
Lighter, fresher, and just a little bit greener than traditional Greek hummus.
Herbed Goat Cheese Bites
Recipe: Herbed Goat Cheese Bites
An easy spring party appetizer using only a handful of fresh ingredients.
Baked Brie Bites
Recipe: Baked Brie Bites
Impress your guests with this sophisticated five-ingredient appetizer recipe.
Mini Caprese Bites
Recipe: Mini Caprese Bites
These show-stopping party skewers will have you dreaming of long, warm nights spent outdoors with family and friends.
Vegetable Medley Tea Sandwiches
Recipe: Vegetable Medley Tea Sandwiches
Finger food dining at its finest.
Spicy Roasted Bell Pepper Pimiento Cheese
Prepare this spicy and slightly sweet appetizer in eggcups for guests to enjoy their own portion.
Mustard Dill Tortellini Salad Skewers
Recipe: Mustard Dill Tortellini Salad Skewers
Everything tastes better on a stick, including these cheese tortellini skewers.
Recipe: Beef-and-Asparagus Bundles
No fork required for these quick and easy wraps!
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Recipe: Basil-Cheese Roulade
Trust us, the fancy name makes this recipe sound harder to make than it actually is. Here, basil and cheese are easily rolled up to make a satisfying party starter.
Chipotle Shrimp Cocktail
Recipe: Chipotle Shrimp Cocktail
We love traditional shrimp cocktail, but it's time to shake things up with this party favorite. The secret to this shrimp cocktail's deliciousness is the added bonus of chipotle peppers and adobo sauce.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Mango Bites
Recipe: Prosciutto-Wrapped Mango Bites
Is there anything more reminiscent of spring than the sweet taste of mango? Use fresh mango slices here instead of jarred to make each bite lighter and more flavorful.
Chicken Salad Tarts
Recipe: Chicken Salad Tarts
Each tart shell is filled with delicate and creamy chicken salad for one delicious bite.
Caesar Salad Bites
Recipe: Caesar Salad Bites
Party guests will have no problem popping these fresh salad bites into their mouths.
Classic Pimiento Cheese
Recipe: Classic Pimiento Cheese
With warmer weather around the corner, it’s time to break out the pimiento cheese to make bite-sized, tea sandwiches.
Recipe: Party Poppers
It wouldn't be a spring party without a little heat.
Mini Corn Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Dill Crème Fraîche
Recipe: Mini Corn Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Dill Crème Fraîche
Small in size but big on taste, this is a more elegant appetizer to serve for special spring occasions.
Cheese Straw Tomato Tartlets
Recipe: Cheese Straw Tomato Tartlets
This is the delicious result when you combine cheese straws with bite-sized tomatoes. You'll love every bite of these little tart wonders, bursting with ripe, juicy tomatoes and cheese.
Mini Crab Cakes with Pineapple-Cucumber Salsa
Strawberry Pretzel Crostini
Recipe: Strawberry Pretzel Crostini
Who doesn't like pretzels and crostini to serve as finger foods? The only difference here is that our pretzel crackers are topped with a delicious mixture of strawberries and cream cheese for a sweet and salty start to your spring dinner menu.
Lemon-Dill Chicken Salad-Stuffed Eggs
If you love deviled eggs and chicken salad, then you'll love them even more when blended together to make these protein-filled wonders.
Cornbread Tartlets with Tomato-Lima Bean Relish
Another easy and tasty way to enjoy a favorite Southern staple—cornbread.
Mint Julep Gelées
Recipe: Mint Julep Gelées
These delicate and impressive gelées are wow-worthy enough to impress your guests. The added bonus of mint leaves and bourbon gives them a light and refreshing Derby-inspired flavor.
Tex-Mex Shrimp Cocktail
Recipe: Tex-Mex Shrimp Cocktail
We revamped this party favorite with authentic and spicy Mexican flavors.
Country Ham-Breadcrumb Eggs
Recipe: Country Ham-Breadcrumb Eggs
Your guests will be begging for more of this country favorite. With this recipe, you can enjoy ham, cheese, and eggs together in one bite for an Easter-appropriate crowd pleaser.