Our Top 20 Spring Appetizer Recipes
There's no more exciting time to be in the kitchen then in the first weeks of spring—the days have become longer, temperatures are slowly rising, and there's a bounty of fresh ingredients in season. The prospect of bright flavors gets home cooks excited to serve colorful dishes that really capture the joy of springtime.
There are so many events where you may need a plate of delicious appetizers. Whether you're gathering friends and families for an Easter celebration, a Passover seder, a baby shower, or even a garden soirée, serving seasonal flavors in the form of a shareable, passable appetizer is the most delicious way to celebrate. One way to serve spring's finest foods is over little toasts: We like tartines with leeks and snap peas, a crostini with ham and peas, or bruschetta with roasted globe artichokes and green garlic, which should be available at your favorite market. We have other ways to incorporate finds from the farmers market into a first course, including mushroom and spinach tart and a flatbread topped with shaved asparagus and potatoes.
If you're hunting for potluck inspiration, you'll be pleased to know that veggie-forward dips and hummus are easy make-ahead recipes that are simple to transport and are always a hit at parties. Serve them with plenty of colorful crudités, crisp toasts, crackers, or an assortment of all three. And don't forget eggs, they're also such a springtime ingredient (and not just the chocolate variety!). Our deviled egg recipes are just right for a spring menu as are the "eggs" made of goat cheese.
In short, get seasonal with your starters; our 20 favorite spring appetizers will set the tone for your dinner or party.
Roasted-Spring-Onion and Goat-Cheese Eggs
Green Goddess Dressing and Dip
Make this classic dip for guests and store extra in your refrigerator to use as a dresssing. The tangy sour cream-and-mayonnaise base is accentuated by fresh scallions and anchovies; serve with a seasonal array of fresh vegetables.
New Potatoes with Aioli and Preserved Lemons
This zingy appetizer is easy to make especially if you use store-bought preserved lemons.
Miso-Sirarcha Deviled Eggs
Minted Pea and Prosciutto Crostini
Salty prosciutto complements sweet spring peas in this elemental hors d'oeuvre.
Grilled Artichoke, Green Garlic, and Goat Cheese Bruschetta
If you're unfamiliar with green garlic, it looks somewhat like scallions—ask your grocer for help identifying them in the produce aisle, although the best varities are found at farmers markets throughout the spring season. In a pinch, you can substitute cloves from the head of a regular garlic as well as the green top of a scallion.
Skewered Greek Meatballs
Cantaloupe and Mozzarella with Prosciutto and Basil
Paint a portrait in spring pastels with this inviting arrangement of antipasti.
Fava Bean and Goat Cheese Dip with Radishes
Lemony White-Bean Hummus
Radish stars in this robust dip, which features fresh julienned radish, feta cheese, lemon juice and zest, sour cream, and another springtime favorite, dill. You can serve it with toast, crackers, or crudités—or slices of whole radishes.
Spiced Carrot Spread
Fried Baby Artichokes
Savor the delights of spring's first artichokes in this preparation, which calls for a quick poach before frying the thistles in the same pan along with fragrant cloves of garlic.
Pickled Spring Onions and Asparagus
Smoked Trout Three Ways
Try one or all of this trio of elegant and easy canapes starring smoked trout: with avocado mousse on endive; combined with crème fraîche and pickled onions; or blended with cream cheese and shallots for a simple pâté.
Add a little sweetness to your appetizer menu with this time-honored combination of chocolate and fresh strawberries. Roll them in chopped pistachios, almonds, or even pastel sprinkles for a fun look.