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20 Healthy Appetizer Recipes

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Get ready for game day, holiday parties, and everything in between with 20 easy, healthy and delicious appetizer recipes perfect for entertaining!

Ready or not, the holiday season is in full swing. While gatherings this year might be small, flavors should remain big, am I right?

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As much as I love go-to appetizer classics like chips and salsa, the holidays are a fun excuse to kick things up a notch in the kitchen. Don’t worry, impressing your loved ones doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult. Wow your friends and family with easy, simple, and tasty appetizer recipes such as these Baked Turkey Meatballs with Guacamole, 5-Ingredient Baked Hummus Dip, and Baked Vegetable Egg Rolls with Bacon.

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Hosting Tips

When hosting it is so easy to get caught up serving everyone else. As a result, I spend the whole time in the kitchen and don’t get to actually enjoy the festivities myself. Therefore, I’m sharing my best tips so you can get out of the kitchen and into the party!

  • Prepare Food Ahead of Time: Do as much prep work in advance as possible. For example, slice all veggies, arrange baking trays, and prep any items that can be stored safely. Then, all you have to do is add finishing touches to all your recipes.
  • Ask Others to Pitch-In: Don’t be shy to ask for help! More often than not, people are more than willing to bring along a dish of their own. This is a great way to reduce your workload and offers a chance for everyone to try new recipes.
  • Keep Items Bite-Sized: When planning the menu, consider items that can be eaten in one or two bites such as my Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites.
Baked Brie with Rosemary Wonton Crisps - a fast appetizer recipe

Frequently Asked Questions:

How many appetizers should I serve per person?

In general, a good rule of thumb is to provide a selection of 6 appetizers per person for a dinner party and 12 appetizers per person when hosting a cocktail party. This allows guests to explore a variety of fun flavors.

What are the best appetizers to prep ahead of time?

Any appetizer that can be stored is ideal for prepping ahead of time. Dips, baked goods, fruit skewers, etc. all fall into this category. Avoid prepping items such as sandwiches with heavy spreads or vegetables that may become soggy too far in advance.

What are some gluten-free appetizer ideas?

Recipes like Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups, 5-Ingredient Pizza Skewers, and Seven Layer Taco Dip are fantastic gluten-free options every guest will love.

What are the best portable appetizer recipes to bring to a loved ones house?

When it comes to transportable appetizers, simple recipes are your go-to. Dips, skewers, and items such as Indian Spiced Nuts or Baked Corn Tortilla Chips homemade chips that can be placed in a single container are your new best friend!

Your fork is waiting.

Mexican Layered Hummus Dip

4.34 stars average
25 minutes
Filled with creamy hummus, ground sirloin, and plenty of cheese, this warm Mexican Layered Hummus dip is a total crowd-pleaser and the ultimate party dip!
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Cheese Mexican Layered Hummus Dip

Roasted Garlic Hummus

5 stars average
1 hour
The absolute BEST homemade hummus recipe! Garlic is roasted until sweet and caramelized then pureed into hummus with chickpeas, tahini and lemon.
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Roasted Garlic Hummus Recipe Easy

Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps with BBQ Pork Meatballs

5 stars
40 minutes
These light and flavorful Vietnamese lettuce wraps are filled with BBQ pork meatballs, crunchy vegetables, and fresh herbs.
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Vietnamese Pork Lettuce Wrap Recipe

White Bean Dip with Feta and Herbs

4 stars average
10 minutes
This fresh and flavorful white bean dip recipe is made with creamy feta, fresh herbs, lemon and garlic. Ideal for entertaining!
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Easy Feta and Herb Bean Dip Recipe

Vegan Hummus Quinoa Patties

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30 minutes
These protein-packed hummus quinoa patties are naturally vegan and made with creamy hummus, corn, and jalapenos.
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Hummus Quinoa Patties with Corn and Jalapenos

Air-Fried Pickle Chips with Cajun Buttermilk Ranch

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23 minutes
These air-fried pickle chips come out flavorful and crisp, without all the oil. Perfect with a burger or served as a fun, unique appetizer.
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Air Fried Pickle Chips Recipe with Cajun Ranch Dressing

Paleo Baked Chicken Tenders with Sriracha Ketchup

5 stars average
40 minutes
Naturally gluten free and paleo, these crispy, oven-baked chicken tenders are made with almond meal. No oil or butter required!
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Oven Baked Crispy Chicken Wings

4.22 stars average
1 hour 10 minutes
Addictively crispy and easy to make these baked chicken wings are glazed with a sweet and sticky honey chipotle sauce. Perfect for your next gathering!
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oven baked crispy chicken wings

Sweet and Savory Mixed Nuts

5 stars average
25 minutes
The ultimate party appetizer or edible gift, these sweet and savory mixed nuts are always a crowd pleaser! 
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Sweet and Spicy Nuts in a mason jar

Bacon Wrapped Potato Bites

4.50 stars average
45 minutes
These easy two-ingredient bacon wrapped potato bites make the perfect party appetizer! Served with a simple honey mustard dipping sauce.
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Sweet Potato Skin Nachos

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1 hour 20 minutes
For these nachos, I crisp the skins of sweet potatoes in the oven and then top them with all the good stuff: cheese, jalapeños, beans, tomatoes and avocado.
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Sweet Potato Skin Nachos from Inspiralized

Zucchini Scallion Pancakes with Soy Dipping Sauce

4.54 stars average
15 minutes
These light and flavorful scallion pancakes are made with zucchini and served with a sweet and tangy Asian inspired dipping sauce.
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Zucchini Scallion Pancakes with Dipping Sauce Recipe

Lebanese Meat Stuffed Grape Leaves

4.25 stars average
1 hour 10 minutes
Very popular in several Mediterranean countries and a family favorite, these Lebanese stuffed grape leaves are filled with meat, rice and lemon juice.
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Meat Grape Leaves on a plate

Baked Brie Appetizer with Caramelized Onions

4.68 stars average
40 minutes
An easy appetizer recipe for entertaining, brie is topped with caramelized onions and pepper jelly before baked until warm and creamy.
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Baked Brie with Rosemary Wonton Crisps - a fast appetizer recipe

Pesto Potato Caprese Skewers

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25 minutes
These crowd-pleasing Pesto Potato Caprese Skewers are the ultimate fast and easy appetizer recipe!
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Pesto Potato Caprese Skewers - an easy appetizer recipe

Little Hasselback Potatoes with Tahini Sauce

5 stars average
35 minutes
The ultimate appetizer or snack recipe, little potatoes are sliced Hasselback style, roasted until golden then drizzled with a lemon-garlic tahini sauce.
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Baby Hasselback Potatoes with Tahini Sauce recipe

Vietnamese Shrimp Salad

5 stars average
15 minutes
This light and refreshing Vietnamese Shrimp Salad is made with crisp cucumber, meaty shrimp, and tangy chili paste to emulate your favorite fresh rolls in a bowl!
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Cucumber Hummus Bites with Pickled Ginger

4.50 stars average
10 minutes
These sushi-inspired Cucumber Hummus Bites are scented with toasted sesame oil then topped with pickled ginger and roasted sesame seeds. The ultimate healthy snack recipe! 
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Hummus Cucumber Bites - a healthy appetizer recipe

Hummus Flatbread Pizzas with Fattoush and Feta

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19 minutes
These bright and fresh hummus flatbread pizzas are perfect for entertaining but healthy enough for a quick snack or light meal.
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Hummus Flatbread Pizzas with Fattoush - an easy healthy appetizer recipe

Best Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

5 stars average
31 minutes
The easiest appetizer you'll ever make, these 3-ingredient stuffed mushrooms are packed with smoky bacon and feta to create the perfect one-bite dish.
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Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

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