Healthy Summer Appetizer Recipes

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

Staff Picks

Loaded Sweet Potato Nacho Fries

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Bump up the vitamin A and fiber when you swap tortilla chips for sweet potatoes in this healthy recipe. Serve as an appetizer at your next party or turn it into dinner by adding chicken, tofu, shrimp or more beans for protein.

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

Rating: 5 stars 1
Try this satisfying snack instead of nuts. The tasty legumes are lower in calories and packed with fiber.

Pear & Camembert Crostini

Rating: 4 stars 1
Up your appetizer game with this fruit-topped cheese crostini recipe. Warm preserves give the pears a shiny glaze and prevent them from browning.

Cured or Smoked Salmon Appetizer Platter

Rating: 4 stars 2
This smoked salmon platter requires little effort but the spread makes a big impression. Served with all the fixings--capers, hard-boiled eggs, cucumber and more--a smoked salmon platter is the ultimate make-ahead appetizer. Lay out everything listed in the ingredients below or just a few of the elements along with an assortment of crackers, cocktail bread and/or sliced baguette.

Sausage Balls

These homemade sausage balls are a healthy riff on the original--we add riced cauliflower for moisture and a veggie boost, whole-wheat flour stands in for prepared biscuit mix, and sharp Cheddar adds flavor. Serve these sausage balls for brunch, as an appetizer, or mix them with your favorite marinara for dinner.

Mediterranean Tuna Antipasto Salad

Rating: 4.72 stars 28
Packed with protein and fiber, this tuna and bean salad is ready in a flash. For an extra kick, add a pinch of crushed red pepper or cayenne.

Greek Salad Nachos

Rating: 5 stars 2
This vegetarian nacho recipe is a fun combination of two favorites--nachos and Greek salad. It uses whole-grain pita chips instead of the tortilla chips used in traditional nacho recipes, and it's loaded with the classic fresh vegetables in Greek salad as well as creamy hummus and salty feta cheese. And it doesn't even need the oven! Easily doubled, this makes a great appetizer or light dinner.

Thai Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Rating: 3.8 stars 5
Spicy peanut sauce is the perfect match for these Thai-marinated grilled chicken strips.

Smoked Salmon & Avocado Toasts

Rating: 5 stars 1
They would have been canapés back in 1979--today they're trendy avocado toasts. Let your guests creatively customize their nibbles by setting out an array of garnishes for this healthy appetizer.

Greek-Style Stuffed Mushrooms

Rating: 5 stars 2
Perk up any appetizer buffet or antipasto tray with these tempting mushrooms brimming with broccoli, feta cheese, garlic, and oregano.

Pizza Lettuce Wraps

Rating: 5 stars 1
Go light and fresh when you're craving pizza: these easy lettuce wraps have all the taste with fewer carbs and calories.

Mango Fruit Leather

Rating: 5 stars 1
This no-sugar-added fruit snack is a healthy treat kids and adults will both love. It's perfect for packing in a lunchbox for school or work or just enjoying as a snack or better-for-you dessert at home.
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Inspiration and Ideas

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EatingWell Crudité Vegetable Wreath with Ranch Dip

Rating: 5 stars
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Take your veggies and dip to the next level with this colorful crudité wreath. This vegetable appetizer is a stunner with white cauliflower, red tomatoes and green broccoli, green beans, snap peas, kale and Brussels sprouts. It's also a delicious way to start your celebration with veggies (which there are rarely enough of at parties and holidays). The homemade ranch dip, which uses nonfat Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, takes just a few minutes to make, or you can use a healthy store-bought dip.