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 stars 4885
Make perfect hard-boiled eggs every time with our simple two-step recipe that cooks up to a dozen eggs at once. All you need are eggs, a pan large enough to hold them, and water to cover. Follow our tips for peeling hard-boiled eggs, and then enjoy as a protein-packed snack, or in deviled eggs and egg salad.

Asparagus Gruyere Tart

Rating: 3.5 stars 1068
Especially when made with plump, in-season asparagus, this dish makes for a sophisticated, visually pleasing appetizer.

Spiced Nuts

Rating: 3 stars 594
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.

Spiced Walnuts

Rating: 3 stars 130
Cayenne pepper gives these slightly sweet walnuts a piquant kick.

Steamed Artichokes with Lemon-Garlic Aioli

Rating: 3 stars 39
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.

Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

Rating: 3.5 stars 118
For best results, make this dip a day ahead to let the flavors mellow and blend. Serve with toasted pita triangles.

Upside-Down Mushroom Tartlets

Rating: 3 stars 296
Cut these into quarters for pretty yet simple hors d'oeuvres, or serve them with a crunchy green salad for lunch or a light supper.

Roasted Spiced Chickpeas

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

Baked Chicken Fingers

Rating: 3.5 stars 36
Michelle McCusker Wolff from Grand Rapids, Michigan won over finicky eaters in her house with these healthier chicken fingers.

Basil Pesto

Rating: 3 stars 313
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).

Low-Country Pickled Shrimp

Pre-dinner nibbles should awaken the appetite without filling you up. These pickled shrimp pay tribute to the rich culinary history of the maritime South. They're bright and fresh, with a piquant heat. Serve them in a bowl with some crostini and aioli on the side, and let guests assemble their own perfect bites. 

Inspiration and Ideas

Vegetarian Summer Rolls
Rating: Unrated 87
These cool Vietnamese summer rolls are filled with rice noodles, avocado, carrots, and cucumber. Enjoy them as a vegetarian appetizer or light summer main course.
Creamy Corn-and-Onion Dip
In this light, summery twist on classic French onion dip, sweet corn is sautéed until tender and mixed with tangy Greek yogurt, which brings the richness of a creamy dip without all the fat. 
Mushroom Ravioli
Rating: Unrated 106
Cucumber-Feta Toasts
Rating: 3 stars 263

Toasted bread spread with feta and topped with sliced cucumber makes a cool and refreshing appetizer.