Healthy Appetizer Recipes

Whether you're looking for low-calorie, low-fat, or low-sodium options, we have delicious appetizer recipes that don't sacrifice taste. Think: lettuce wraps, black bean hummus, and kale chips!

Staff Picks

How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Rating: 3.25 stars
Get a perfect hard-boiled egg every time with these simple tips. With hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator, you always have the components of a satisfying meal.

Strawberry Salsa

Strawberries are a satiating and exciting alternative to tomatoes in this bright and fruity salsa; they pack an extra gram of fiber per cup. Serve it with chips or use it as a topping to grilled fish or chicken.

Asparagus Gruyere Tart

Rating: 3.41 stars
Especially when made with plump, in-season asparagus, this dish makes for a sophisticated, visually pleasing appetizer.

New Greek Salad

Rating: 3.93 stars
Golden croutons made from olive bread boost the presence of the Kalamata olives, both of which are fried in this rendition of the salad. Cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion—tumbled over slices of feta—are all here. Dill adds a bright spring grassiness to this new rendition of Greek salad.

Spiced Walnuts

Rating: 3.11 stars
Cayenne pepper gives these slightly sweet walnuts a piquant kick.

Spiced Nuts

Rating: 3.1 stars
A perfect spicy snack for the holidays.

Greek Layer Dip

Serve this zesty Mediterranean spin on traditional seven-layer dip with pita chips for a delightful party starter.

Steamed Artichokes with Lemon-Garlic Aioli

Rating: 2.85 stars
Steaming the garlic with the artichokes mellows its flavor in this easy hors d'oeuvre. This recipe is included in Butterflied, Rolled, and Roasted Leg of Lamb.

Seasoned Roasted-Corn Salad Cups

This is a fresher take on esquites, Mexican street corn cups. Individual cups work well for entertaining, but the corn salad can also be made in a large serving bowl.

Quick Pickles

Rating: 2.83 stars
These crunchy cucumbers are a welcome addition to any meal.

Roasted Spiced Chickpeas

Craving something crunchy? These spicy roasted chickpeas will give you healthy satisfaction without too much salt or saturated fat.

Mushroom Ravioli

Martha and her young friend Alex Connolly made this delectable version of ravioli. A variety of fresh mushrooms, ranging from the mild-tasting button to the intense porcini, are mixed with Parmesan and ricotta cheeses to make a robust filling for this classic Italian dish. To complement the filling, a delicate sauce of butter and sage is all that is needed.

Inspiration and Ideas

Roasted Radishes

Rating: Unrated
One of the first crops of spring, French breakfast radishes have red shoulders, white tips, and varying degrees of spiciness.

Basil Pesto

Rating: Unrated
This simple Italian sauce brings summery flavor to all sorts of dishes, including our Pesto Pizzas and Chicken Fettuccine with Pesto Cream Sauce. Pesto is traditionally made with cheese, but it's just as good without (it freezes better, too).

Strawberry, Mango, and Yogurt Smoothie

Rating: 3.75 stars

This healthy and refreshing smoothie is made with only four ingredients—apple juice, low-fat yogurt, strawberries, and mango chunks. You can use fresh or frozen fruit in this smoothie and substitute orange juice for the apple.