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 4885
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.

Spiced Nuts

Rating: 3.1 stars 594
A perfect spicy snack for the holidays.

Asparagus Gruyere Tart

Rating: 3.41 stars 1068
Especially when made with plump, in-season asparagus, this dish makes for a sophisticated, visually pleasing appetizer.

Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

Rating: 3.44 stars 118
For best results, make this dip a day ahead to let the flavors mellow and blend. Serve with toasted pita triangles.

Spiced Walnuts

Rating: 3.11 stars 130
Cayenne pepper gives these slightly sweet walnuts a piquant kick.

Greek Layer Dip

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

Cranberry-Avocado Salsa

Rating: 3.6 stars 90
This is a delicious holiday salsa to serve with pita crisps.

Wasabi Spring Rolls with Warm Asparagus and Shiitake Mushrooms

Spring rolls, made with moistened rice paper wrappers, are surprisingly easy to assemble -- and are ideal for a buffet or light lunch. The filling for these rolls contains fresh asparagus, mushrooms, fiery wasabi, and healthy miso paste and walnut oil.

Mushroom Ravioli

Rating: 3.67 stars 106
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.

Roasted Spiced Chickpeas

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

Oven-Baked Potato Pancakes

This baked potato cakes are every bit as flavorful as their all-fried counterparts.

Cucumber-Feta Toasts

Rating: 3.16 stars 263
Toasted bread spread with feta and topped with sliced cucumber makes a cool and refreshing appetizer.

Inspiration and Ideas

Upside-Down Mushroom Tartlets
Rating: Unrated 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.
Pumpkin-Chestnut Soup
Rating: Unrated 79
Whole peeled chestnuts add structure to this pumpkin soup, texture that's important if the squash is too watery. 

Shrimp and Crudite Platter with Two Sauces

Our take on the Provencal classic le grand aioli, a bountiful spread of vegetables and seafood served with homemade garlic mayonnaise, ups the ante with two delectable dips: a tonnato sauce made with store-bought mayo and a vegan green goddess dressing.