Dips and bite-sized treats can taste good and be good for you. Try one of these recipes for your next party or get-together.
Appetizers are often just that: extremely tasty, often very rich and caloric, appetizing preludes to a larger meal. But today, with the popularity of the cocktail supper and brunch growing, often, we find ourselves offering a menu that may be entirely appetizers. What is someone who is trying to eat healthily do? Healthy party snacks! While yes, we do love our fried this-or-that, with our favorite light appetizer recipes, you can create a balance. Want to serve only healthy appetizers? We’ve collected enough here for you to do just that. Your guests won’t even miss those calories. We love our Cuban black bean dip, which is so scoopable and delicious, guests will forget that it’s a healthy recipe. Or perhaps shrimp shooters arrayed in elegant glassware? Could there be a prettier, healthier party snack? We’re not sure. But you’ll want to try all of these easy healthy appetizer recipes.
Fresh-Herb Tomato Crostini
Recipe: Fresh Herb-Tomato Crostini
Fresh Herb-Tomato Crostini is a versatile recipe. The tomato topping also serves as an ingredient for tangy tabbouleh salad.
Mini Crab Cakes
Melon, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Skewers
Alternate honeydew and cantaloupe for a colorful platter of Melon, Mozzarella, and Proscuitto Skewers.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Mango Bites
Recipe: Prosciutto-Wrapped Mango Bites
For a simple, fresh appetizer, wrap mango slices and arugula in paper-thin slices of prosciutto. For a slightly different flavor, substitute another fruit, such as pear or cantaloupe, for mango.
Roasted Garlic-Edamame Spread
Recipe: Roasted Garlic-Edamame Spread
We like to eat this cool, creamy spread on toasted crostini or fresh veggies. It’s packed with the goodness of soybeans and tons of flavor from garlic and basil.
Herbed Goat Cheese Bites
Recipe: Herbed Goat Cheese Bites
This scrumptious appetizer is easy to prep. Simply roll a log of creamy goat cheese in fresh chopped thyme, parsley, tarragon, and mint in advance. Then, just before serving, spread onto fresh toasted baguette slices and top with sun-dried tomatoes and basil leaves.
Cuban Black Bean Dip
Recipe: Cuban Black Bean Dip
Start with black bean soup mix to make this zesty bean dip. Serve with slices of cucumber, bell pepper, or your favorite raw vegetable.
Fresh Squash Chips
Pico de Gallo
Recipe: Pico de Gallo
Diced tomatoes and avocado blend with onion, jalapeño, and lime for unbelievably fresh Southwestern flavor. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips, and use leftovers to top a main dish.
Southwest White Bean Spread
Recipe: Southwest White Bean Spread
Cilantro adds a nice hint of spice to this creamy hummus dip. Serve with pita chips and sliced cucumbers.
Recipe: Shrimp Shooters
This refreshing appetizer coats shrimp in a flavorful vinaigrette and showcases them in shooter glasses. Garnish with the leaves of romaine lettuce hearts and serve in an ice-filled tray at a spring or summertime party.
Chili-Roasted Black Eyed Peas
Recipe: Chili-Roasted Black Eyed Peas
Roasting black-eyed peas gives them a crispy, dry texture that’s perfect for snacking. Chili powder and cumin give the beans a flavor-packed coating that won’t disappoint your guests.
Dixie Caviar Cups
Recipe: Dixie Caviar Cups
Black-eyed peas, corn, tomato, peppers, and onions make a festive twist on salsa. Use Belgian endive leaves as a unique and healthy dipper.
Strawberries with Mint Yogurt Dip
Fresh mint, lemon rind, and honey dress up yogurt to make a light yet tasty dipper for strawberries or other fruit. Use Greek yogurt if you want a thicker dip texture without the added straining step.
Mini Caprese Bites
Recipe: Mini Caprese Bites
This appetizer version of a caprese salad sandwiches mozzarella slices between grape tomato halves in an elegant skewer presentation. A drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of fresh chopped basil finishes off the tasty bites.
Red Pepper Hummus
Recipe: Red Pepper Hummus
Roasted red bell peppers add a kick of color and flavor to traditional hummus. Go ahead and double the recipe; leftovers make a tasty sandwich spread.