Healthy Appetizer Recipes

Find delicious, healthy and easy appetizer recipes including deviled eggs, chicken appetizers, low-calorie finger foods and party appetizer ideas for every season and holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Mini Crustless Caramelized Onion & Cheese Quiches

These crustless mini quiches are packed with savory caramelized onions and flavorful cheese. This technique for making caramelized onions uses way less fat, and by using sweet onions (like Vidalia, if you can find them), you don't need to add the sugar some recipes call for.
By Stacey Ballis

3-Ingredient Cranberry-Brie Bites

Rating: 5 stars 1
Baked Brie is a perennially popular appetizer. Here, we complement the Brie with tart cranberry sauce and bake it in pretty individual tartlets using premade pie crust for an ultra-easy crowd-pleasing appetizer.
By Carolyn Casner

Crispy Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Rating: 5 stars 3
Brussels sprouts get crispy and flavorful in the oven when they're "smashed" and seasoned with Parmesan cheese and everything bagel seasoning.
By Carolyn Casner

Fig & Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Roll

Rating: 5 stars 1
Buttery puff pastry is a tasty shortcut ingredient that can be used in many delicious ways. Here we roll out a pastry sheet and cover it with fig jam and crumbled goat cheese, then roll it up into a log and bake it. The end result is a sweet-and-savory appetizer that looks and tastes impressive, especially considering it has just three ingredients.
Victoria Seaver
By Victoria Seaver, M.S., RD

3-Ingredient Blue Cheese & Fig Bites

Rating: 5 stars 1
Salty-tangy blue cheese pairs beautifully with sweet fig jam in these easy appetizers, which are perfect for a holiday party. The optional minced chives add a nice pop of color, but these are just as tasty without herbs. Keep the ingredients on hand and you can whip these up for impromptu holiday cocktail parties.
By Carolyn Casner

Jalapeño Popper Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 3
In this jalapeño popper casserole, tender, juicy bites of chicken are slathered in a creamy, slightly spicy sauce with a crunchy topping of panko breadcrumbs and crispy bacon. Enjoy this casserole over rice for dinner or serve it with chips as a game-day appetizer.
Karen Rankin
By Karen Rankin

Easy Stuffed Mushrooms

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
This healthy stuffed mushroom appetizer is a nice balance of soft mushrooms, creamy filling and crunchy topping. This combination tastes downright decadent, but it's actually good for you. Be sure to get all of the moisture out of the chopped mushrooms before moving on to the next step; if not, the filling will be soggy and make the mushroom caps watery.
By Karen Rankin

Cauliflower Chips

Rating: 5 stars 1
These crisp cauliflower chips are low in carbs and can be made in either the oven or your air fryer. Plus, they require just cauliflower, Parmesan cheese and seasonings to make! Swap out the Italian seasoning for ranch seasoning or your favorite spice blend for a different flavor profile.
Melissa Gray
By Melissa Gray

Pomegranate, Cranberry & Brie Bruschetta

Rating: 5 stars 1
Make this simple festive appetizer for your holiday guests. Toasted baguette slices with creamy, melted brie are topped with an orange-cranberry-pomegranate mixture--each bite delivers an explosion of flavor and texture!
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Dill Pickle Dip

If you're a dill pickle lover, this dip recipe is calling your name. It uses both dill pickles and their pickle juice that would normally languish in a jar in your fridge or get tossed. The fresh zing from actual dill makes this dip perfect to serve with veggie chips or straight-up veggies that have been lightly blanched and chilled. Did we mention it's excellent for party platters?
By Carolyn Casner

Cheesy Pull-Apart Broccoli with Cheddar

Cheddar and broccoli are a classic combination—and, here, we pair those flavors for one impressive side or appetizer that will have everyone reaching in for more. Garlic and mustard help amplify the deliciousness.
By Julia Levy

Garlic Hummus

Rating: 5 stars 9
This classic hummus recipe couldn't be easier--just toss a few ingredients in the food processor and whir away! Aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) makes this healthy dip extra smooth and creamy. Serve with veggie chips, pita chips or crudités.
By Devon O'Brien
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Inspiration and Ideas

17 Best-Ever Thanksgiving Hors d'Oeuvres
Set the tone for the big Thanksgiving dinner with easy, delicious hors d'oeuvres. These healthy bites will keep guests out of the kitchen and give them something light to munch on throughout the day.
I'm a Dietitian & These Are My Favorite Appetizers to Bring to Friendsgiving
Try these light and flavorful appetizers to help kick off the holiday fun without ruining the main event.
3-Ingredient Cheddar & Apple Bites
Rating: 5 stars 1

Creamy apple butter and sharp Cheddar cheese are a perfect match in these easy party hors d'oeuvres. This recipe calls for prepared pie crust, which is pressed into mini muffin tins to make little tart shells, so it's super easy to make as well. Add slices of apple for extra crunch, if you'd like, or keep these bites simple. Either way, consider making a double batch--they'll go quickly.