30 of Our Best No-Cook Appetizers for Super-Easy Entertaining
As the weather becomes warmer outside, we want to host friends and family for picnics, barbecues, and more. As you light up your grill and start churning homemade ice cream, add no-cook appetizers, such as the Raw-Beet and Celery-Root Salad pictured here, to the menu.
If you're dining on the beach, shuck a few dozen oysters and serve them with three different sauces so everyone can try something new. From classic horseradish sauce or red wine mignonette to a lively jalapeño mignonette, there's a tangy, zesty accouterment for everyone. And the best part is there's no cooking required.
We also love a casual approach to salads and sandwiches. Instead of preparing dainty tea sandwiches, make open-faced tartines, which look beautiful and are a creative way to use the abundance of seasonal produce. Tomato, Peach, Buffalo Mozzarella, and Bresaola Tartine is a heartier take on a classic Caprese sandwich that uses colorful heirloom tomatoes and sweet peaches for a summery twist on the Italian trio. Or assemble our recipe for a Greek-Taverna Salad, which lets party-goers build the salad of their dreams. Chopped vegetables are arranged with feta cheese and a light lemon vinaigrette made with mint and oregano.
And on a hot summer day, there's nothing more refreshing than this Spanish Gazpacho, which is made with orange juice, tomatoes, garlic, red pepper, and red onion. It takes just 15 minutes of prep work, but is made ahead so the flavors can mingle. Make it up to three days in advance, then store it in the refrigerator until party time.
From casual gatherings to more formal fêtes, these no-cook appetizer recipes are perfect for spring and summer entertaining.
Citrus and Green Olives with Goat Cheese
Bright and briny, this eye-catching appetizer encourages guests to mix and match ingredients atop thick slices of rustic Italian bread. Layer segmented mixed oranges with green olives, goat cheese, and good quality olive oil for an appetizer that will instantly transport you to Italy.
This steakhouse starter is made with raw beef tenderloin and eggs, so be sure to use high-quality, organic ingredients. Chopped shallots, capers, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard are the signature savory ingredients in this French bistro classic.
Tomato, Peach, Buffalo Mozzarella, and Bresaola Tartine
Serve this soup on a hot summer day and everyone will savor the cool, flavorful taste. It couldn't be easier to make—just combine all of the ingredients (heirloom tomatoes, red bell pepper, vinegar, and aromatics) in a blender and purée until silky, then chill and serve to a deserving crowd.
Shucked Oysters with Three Sauces
Creamy Artichoke Ranch
Zucchini, Avocado, and Jalapeño Tartine
If you're hosting a dinner with picky eaters, or just want an appetizer that's a bit more interactive, make this DIY salad so everyone can choose exactly what they want—and don't want. It's made with bite-sized vegetables including cocktail tomatoes, mini cucumbers, bell peppers, and crumbled feta cheese.
Spring Pesto Dip
Instead of red peppers, which are the traditional ingredient used in this Middle Eastern dip, we're using vibrant red beets, which add an earthy flavor and stunning purple color. When combined with walnuts, spicy Aleppo pepper, and pomegranate molasses, they create a dip that everyone will be going back for more of.
Vegan Green-Goddess Dip
Start the party with this simple, six-ingredient dip. It gets its bright green color and seasonal flavor from avocado, lime zest, and fresh herbs such as cilantro or parsley.
Pea, Almond, and Ricotta Spread
Nutty, creamy, and all-around delicious, this green spread is delicious by the spoonful, served with vegetables for dipping, or spread onto toast. Combine toasted almonds, peas, ricotta, Parmigiano-Reggiano, olive oil, and lemon zest in a food processor until the mixture comes to a hummus-like consistency.
Marinated Peppers With Mint and Sesame
Sliced roasted peppers tossed with olive oil, lemon, mint, and toasted sesame seeds are delicious spooned over toast. Don't leave behind any of the delicious juices that settle at the bottom—they have lots of flavor.
Smoked-Salmon Lettuce Rolls with Avocado and Tahini
Smoked salmon and sliced avocado are wrapped in tender lettuce leaves and served with a lively tahini sauce in this Southeast Asian-inspired appetizer.
Dates and Blue Cheese
You only need four ingredients—dried dates, Gorgonzola piccante, toasted almonds, and honey—to make these sweet-and-savory hors d'oeuvres. They'll be the first to disappear at your next cocktail party, guaranteed.
Whipped Hearts of Palm and Feta Dip
Radishes and Peanut Butter
Avocado Ranch Dip
Ranch is always a crowd-pleaser! This kid- and adult-approved version gets its creamy texture from avocado instead of the usual mayonnaise.
Take your cheese-and-charcuterie platter to new heights by bathing fresh mozzarella in olive oil, fresh herbs, and red-pepper flakes. Make it the star, then bring in salami and olives as supporting players.
Avocado & Honeydew Melon
Choose unexpected crudites for this za'atar-laced yogurt dip, such as endive, fennel, cauliflower, and broccolini. It pairs well with just about any vegetable.
Grape Pico de Gallo
Don't let tomatoes have all the salsa fun! Swap them out for seedless green grapes, then add the usual jalapeño, red onion, cilantro, and lime juice.
Tofu with Tomatoes, Basil, and Mint
Upend your summer Caprese salad routine with this Asian-inspired version. Ripe tomatoes join soft tofu, fresh herbs, and toasted sesame seeds in a soy sauce-sherry vinaigrette.
Smoked Salmon Dip with Bagel Chips
We've transformed our favorite bagel toppings into a sensational cream cheese-based dip.