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
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.

Greek Layer Dip

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

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.

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.

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.

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).

Spiced Nuts

Rating: 3 stars 594
A perfect spicy snack for the holidays.

Spiced Walnuts

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

Roasted Spiced Chickpeas

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

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.

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.

Strawberry, Mango, and Yogurt Smoothie

Rating: 4 stars 105
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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Pickled Zucchini Ribbons
Rating: Unrated 58
Bright-hued sweet vegetable pickles are a welcome change from typical sandwich toppers. Paper-thin zucchini ribbons are tender-crisp.
Roasted Eggplant Dip
Rating: Unrated 34
Roasting the eggplant in its skin steams the flesh, turning it soft and silky—great for a dip to serve with pita wedges as an appetizer.
Minty Pea Dip

This is a tasty dip you can pair with a few crudites and take it with you for a snack on the go.