Healthy Goat Cheese Appetizer Recipes

Find healthy, delicious goat cheese appetizer recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Fig & Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Roll

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.
By Victoria Seaver, M.S., RD

Fruit & Cheese Bistro Lunch Box

This fruit, cheese and cracker box inspired by Starbucks' bistro boxes is a fun and healthy alternative to your standard sandwich. It's the perfect personal-size cheese plate to pack for a work lunch or a picnic in the park.

Goat Cheese & Chive Guacamole

Rating: 5 stars
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In this easy guacamole recipe, we mix in a little creamy goat cheese for a tangy version of a classic favorite. Serve it with tortilla chips and crunchy vegetables like kohlrabi and carrots.

Grilled Figs with Honeyed Goat Cheese & Thyme

This recipe is the perfect easy dinner party-worthy appetizer: it's quick to make and calls for a short list of ingredients. You can even make it ahead of time--simply mark the figs on the grill and reheat them in the oven just before adding the cheese and serving. Most importantly, the flavor combination is divine--figs get a smoky char from the grill before they're topped with a tangy, slightly sweetened goat cheese.

3-Ingredient Goat Cheese & Sun-Dried Tomato Bites

Rating: 5 stars
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These pretty hors d'oeuvres are perfect for holiday parties. And they're super-easy to make, thanks to premade pie dough. Simply press the dough into mini muffin tins to make tart shells, then fill with goat cheese and sun-dried tomato tapenade. (If you can't find sun-dried tomato tapenade, you can use sun-dried tomato pesto instead.) Chopped parsley is a pretty garnish if you're open to adding a fourth ingredient.

Goat Cheese Crostini with Fig Compote

Rating: 5 stars
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Here, dried figs are simmered in just enough liquid so they soften into a thick jam. Try stirring the leftover compote into your yogurt or oatmeal the next day.

Olive & Goat Cheese Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Rating: 4 stars
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This olive-and-goat-cheese-stuffed cherry tomato recipe makes a great pop-in-your-mouth appetizer. Scooping out the insides to stuff the tomato can be a little tricky without the right tool--a 1/4-teaspoon measuring spoon works very well for the job.

Green Chile & Goat Cheese Dip

Rating: 3 stars
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This creamy, cheesy dip is spiked with green chiles and smoky chipotle pepper. Be sure to drain the ricotta the day before you want to serve the dip. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.

Endive with Goat Cheese, Strawberries & Walnuts

Rating: 5 stars
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Vary this quick-to-assemble vegetarian appetizer recipe with the season. Try sliced nectarines in place of the strawberries in the summer and halved grapes in the fall. Chopped pecans, pistachios and macadamia nuts are all delicious in place of the walnuts as well.

Tomato and Basil Chèvre Spread

The delightful flavors of goat cheese and dried tomatoes make a spread that's perfect on crackers for an appetizer or a snack.

Goat Cheese Crispbread with Raspberries

Start with a fiber-rich crispbread base and add some creamy goat cheese and a sprinkle of fresh lemon zest and herbs for an easy snack we can't get enough of. And, of course, some juicy raspberries for good measure.

Goat Cheese & Veggie Morsel

Crackers topped with tangy goat cheese and a confetti of vegetables make a terrific vegetarian appetizer. Use soft goat cheese, plain or herbed, for easy spreading.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Goat Cheese in a Cranberry-Pecan Crust
Rating: Unrated
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Rolling goat cheese in dried cranberries and pecans makes a festive hors d'oeuvre. Serve with crackers and a glass of port.
Herb-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
Prepare these bite-size gems up to 2 hours in advance, then cover and chill until serving time. For a colorful variation, use a combination of red, yellow, and orange cherry tomatoes.

Goat Cheese Kisses

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Each of these bite-size savory treats has a bit of dried fruit tucked inside for a slightly sweet surprise. They make wonderful holiday gifts as well as elegant little hors d'oeuvres.