Diabetes-Friendly Appetizer Recipes

Find healthy, delicious diabetes-friendly appetizer recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at Eating Well.

Staff Picks

Air-Fryer Green Bean Fries

These crispy air-fryer green bean fries come with a zesty dipping sauce flavored with harissa paste and roasted red peppers. Panko breadcrumbs give them a crunchy outer coating, and smoked paprika adds a smoky flair.
By Laura Kanya

Air-Fryer Crispy Chickpeas

Rating: 3 stars 3
Air-fried chickpea snacks are intensely flavored and incredibly crunchy. Drying the chickpeas is essential to a good crunch, so don't skip this step. If you have time, leave them out on the counter to dry for an hour or two before frying.

Garlic Hummus

Rating: 5 stars 8
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

Air-Fryer Blooming Onions

These air-fryer blooming onions are tender on the inside with a combination of spices and a slight amount of heat adding to the crispy outside. The creamy sauce is perfect for dipping.
By Devon O'Brien

Mediterranean Tuna Antipasto Salad

Rating: 4.5 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.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Caprese Skewers

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
We take all the ingredients of a classic caprese salad and layer them onto skewers for a quick appetizer. These tomato-mozzarella-basil skewers are easy to assemble and perfect for a party.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

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.

Tomato-Cheddar Cheese Toast

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
A perfect soup pairing or an easy snack, this healthy cheese toast recipe features fresh tomatoes, salty Cheddar cheese and cracked pepper atop slices of crusty bread
A portrait of Breana Killeen, M.P.H., RD
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Cheesy Black Bean Dip

Impress your guests with this irresistibly cheesy dip that requires minimal effort in the kitchen. Serrano pepper adds a pleasant kick of heat, while sour cream makes things extra creamy. Serve with fresh veggies or tortilla chips for scooping.
By Wendy Lopez

Baked Broccoli-Cheddar Quinoa Bites

Rating: 5 stars 9
These savory muffin-like quinoa bites are low in carbs and a good source of protein--plus we love their cheesy flavor.

Air-Fryer Cauliflower Gnocchi with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 1
These tasty bites are perfect for anytime you need an easy appetizer or side dish. Cauliflower gnocchi get a crispy, cheesy coating on the outside and a tender middle in an air fryer. Marinara is the perfect complement for dipping.

Yogurt with Blueberries

Blueberries add all the sweetness you need, naturally, to protein-rich Greek yogurt in this satisfying snack.
A portrait of Victoria Seaver, M.S., RD
By Victoria Seaver, M.S., RD
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Inspiration and Ideas

Mushroom Pate
Rating: Unrated 2
Serve this vegetarian pâté recipe as an appetizer with crackers and pickled onions or try it as a sandwich spread. Nutritional yeast, rich in vitamin B12, adds a cheesy flavor without any dairy. Look for the yellow yeast powder or flakes in natural-foods stores.
Yogurt with Blueberries & Honey
Rating: Unrated 3
A simple combination of Greek yogurt and blueberries gets an extra touch of sweetness from golden honey. It's the perfect balance of protein and fiber to keep you energized.
Air-Fryer Sweet Potato Chips

Thinly sliced sweet potatoes fry to a crispy crunch in the air fryer. These homemade chips also use much less oil, which cuts down on calories and fat. They're a naturally sweet side for sandwiches, burgers, wraps and more.