The Best Healthy Appetizer Recipes for a Party
Try this recipe: Pickled Shrimp
Shrimp cocktail is a party staple, but your guests will love this updated take on the classic dish, which is pickled with yummy flavors like celery seeds and paprika.
Ingredients: Celery seeds, cayenne pepper, paprika, deveined large raw shrimp, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, garlic, mustard seeds, kosher salt, crushed red pepper, ground allspice, bay leaves, shallots
Mini Elote Chiles Rellenos
Try this recipe: Mini Elote Chiles Rellenos
These super-healthy bites are packed with flavor from Cotija cheese, lime zest, cayenne pepper, and chopped cilantro. Also good: They're a great source of fiber.
Ingredients: Sweet bell peppers, pearl barley, grapeseed oil, frozen yellow corn kernels, zucchini, Cotija cheese, salt, lime zest, fresh lime juice, cilantro, cayenne pepper, whole-milk Greek yogurt
Creamy Butternut Squash-Stuffed Mushrooms
Try this recipe: Creamy Butternut Squash-Stuffed Mushrooms
Two classic cold-weather comfort foods join forces in this savory appetizer recipe.
Ingredients: Butternut squash, grapeseed oil, soft goat cheese, unsalted butter, black pepper, salt, whole-wheat panko, fresh thyme, cremini mushrooms
Smoked Salmon Canapes
These small bites will make great hors d'oeuvres at your next party.
Try this recipe: Chorizo-Stuffed Dates
Ready to serve in just 20 minutes, these bite-sized Medjool dates are packed with flavorful herbs like cilantro and parsley, plus chicken chorizo for a hit of filling protein.
Ingredients: Grapeseed oil, chicken chorizo, flat-leaf parsley leaves, red wine vinegar, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, salt, pitted Medjool dates
Crispy Brussels Sprouts With Miso Dressing
Try this recipe: Crispy Brussels Sprouts With Miso Dressing
File under "the best new way to cook Brussels sprouts": Scooping out the insides of your go-to veggie, then roasting them at high heat, turns Brussels sprouts into crispy chip-like bites that are ideal for dipping into the flavor-packed miso dressing on the side.
Ingredients: Brussels sprouts, grapeseed oil, fine sea salt, black pepper, avocado oil mayonnaise, rice vinegar, white miso, honey, low-sodium soy sauce
Yellow Tomato Gazpacho in Cucumber Cups
Try this recipe: Yellow Tomato Gazpacho in Cucumber Cups
Using cucumbers to serve this tomato gazpacho make for a clever vegan treat.
Ingredients: garlic, scallion, yellow tomato, yellow bell pepper, unseasoned, kosher, black pepper, cucumbers
Mini Nicoise Sandwiches
Try this recipe: Mini Nicoise Sandwiche
This creative twist on the classic Nicoise salad combines tuna and eggs for a hearty appetizer high in protein, fiber, and good-for-you fats.
Ingredients: ahi tuna, vegetable oil, kosher salt, black pepper, grape tomatoes, hard-cooked eggs, ciabatta loaf, mayonnaise, tomato, olive tapenade
Greek Nachos With Feta
Try this recipe: Greek Nachos With Feta
Trade in the usual cheeses for feta with this healthier take on nachos, that also swaps in low-fat Greek yogurt in place of sour cream.
Ingredients: tomatoes, red onion, garlic, cucumber, kosher salt, pita chips, feta cheese, 2% reduced fat Greek yogurt
Grilled Shrimp With Lime, Orange, and Basil Oil
Try this recipe: Grilled Shrimp With Lime, Orange, and Basil Oil
When looking for a low-fat, iron-rich snack, it tough to beat grilled shrimp.
Ingredients: orange zest, lime zest, olive oil, basil, peeled and deveined shrimp, kosher salt, black pepper
Grilled Halibut, Bay Leaf, and Lemon Kebabs
Try this recipe: Grilled Halibut, Bay Leaf, and Lemon Kebabs
This heart-healthy appetizer is low in cholesterol and, thanks to the halibut, high in selenium.
Ingredients: halibut filet, lemons, bay leaves, water, olive oil, salt, black pepper
Tandoori Chicken Bites With Mango Chutney
Try this recipe: Tandoori Chicken Bites With Mango Chutney
Mangoes offer a burst of healthy sweetness and low-fat yogurt with curry powder makes for a flavor-packed marinade that won’t hurt your waistline.
Ingredients: plain low-fat yogurt, garlic, curry powder, lime juice, kosher salt, black pepper, chicken tenders, cooking spray, mango chutney
One-Bite Wedge Salad With Blue Cheese and Bacon
Try this recipe: One-Bite Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese and Bacon
Mixing low-fat yogurt and blue cheese crumbles cuts back drastically on the fat in most store-bought blue cheese dressings.
Ingredients: plain low-fat yogurt, blue cheese, kosher salt, black pepper, cooked bacon, iceberg lettuce
Barbecued Spicy Apricot-Glazed Chicken Wings
Try this recipe: Barbecued Spicy Apricot-Glazed Chicken Wings
Sweet and spicy are a perfect match. This zesty glaze packs as much flavor as the usual barbecue sauce, while remaining friendlier to your waistline.
Ingredients: apricot jam, garlic, crushed red pepper, Dijon mustard, kosher salt, chicken wings
Try this recipe: Cumin-Spiced Chickpeas
Chickpeas boast a slew of nutritious elements from resistant starch and fiber to protein healthy fats.
Ingredients: garbanzo beans, ground cumin, kosher salt, vegetable oil
Grilled Zucchini With Parmesan Pesto
Try this recipe Grilled Zucchini with Parmesan Pesto
Pine nuts pack heart-healthy fatty acids that quell hunger hormones and burn belly fat.
Ingredients: basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, salt, black pepper, zucchini
Mint-and-Pea Hummus on Flatbread
Try this recipe: Mint-and-Pea Hummus on Flatbread
Using peas instead of the usual chickpeas makes this hummus a lighter, yummy take on a classic snack.
Ingredients: water, green peas, tahini, mint, kosher salt, flatbread crackers
Salami With Manchego Cheese
Try this recipe Salami with Manchego Cheese
Fava beans, salami and rich manchego cheese are what make this savory bite-size appetizer more filling than it looks.
Ingredients: fava beans or shelled edamame, salt, water, Manchego cheese, salami
Cherry Tomato Towers With Goat Cheese Aioli
Try this recipe: Cherry Tomato Towers with Goat Cheese Aioli
Tomatoes and goat cheese make for a healthy, vitamin-packed appetizer bursting with flavor.
Ingredients: goat cheese, garlic, mayonnaise, kosher salt, yellow, orange, and red cherry tomatoes
Grilled Lamb Sliders With Mint Yogurt
Try this recipe: Grilled Lamb Sliders With Mint Yogurt
Lamb may be leaner than beef, but these lamb sliders still bring the flavor with a Mediterranean twist.
Ingredients: ground lamb, kosher salt, black pepper, plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt, lemon juice, mint, mini slider buns