Here are the best easy appetizer recipes you can whip up for parties! They’re full of healthy ingredients and taste incredible.
It’s hard to find great appetizer recipes: right? For Alex and me, it’s taken quite a while to figure out what guests will love and what’s easy enough to make while juggling cooking the main meal. Make that healthy appetizer recipes and it’s triply difficult! So, A Couple Cooks to the rescue! Here, we’ve put together the best appetizer recipes that both we and our guests consistently enjoy.
What’s healthy? To us, healthy is not so much about calorie-counting. It’s eating whole foods with lots of nutrients, heavy on the vegetables. Many of the recipes below are made with nutrient-rich ingredients and are plant based or vegetarian. Of course, all of them are 100% delicious and total crowd pleasers! Ready to get to the recipes?
And now…the best healthy appetizer recipes!
First up in our best appetizer recipes: bean dip! This refried bean dip is seriously tasty, and guess what? It has no cheese to speak of. It's a healthy version of cheesy Mexican dip without the extra calories. You can use our homemade Instant Pot refried beans, homemade refried beans, or canned as the base. Top it with salsa fresca and it's a healthy spin on a bean dip that's seriously satisfying.
This baked goat cheese appetizer recipe is a total crowd pleaser! Every time we serve it, people literally cannot stop eating it. It features a tangy homemade marinara sauce, simmered until perfectly flavored, then baked with creamy, tangy goat cheese. Dip in crostini or crusty bread, and it's to die for. It's one of the most popular healthy appetizers on our website.
Another favorite appetizer recipe: sweet potato rounds! This one's almost like a bruschetta that swaps in roasted sweet potatoes for bread. You'll top those roasted potato rounds with everything a loaded baked potato would love: sour cream, cheese, green onion, and a dollop of hot sauce. The flavor loaded into one bite is unreal! We make these often and guests gobble them down quickly.
Wait chocolate hummus? That's what our guests wonder, and then they try it and become instant believers. This sweet version of hummus is made with cocoa powder, chickpeas, and maple syrup. It turns into the best dark chocolate-y dip for strawberries, green apple slices and pretzels. (oh, the sweet and salty combo!). It's like a healthy spin on a fruit dip recipe, but tastes even better.
Instead of buffalo chicken wings, the healthy version of this appetizer recipe is buffalo cauliflower! That's right, here nutrient-rich cauliflower stands in for the typical wings. It's roasted and doused in homemade buffalo sauce, then served with a Greek yogurt-based blue cheese dip. It's a healthy whole food take on the classic.
Here's an old school appetizer recipe that never goes out of style: shrimp cocktail! It might not be first on your list of healthy appetizers, but did you know shrimp is a relatively low calorie food? 1 medium shrimp is only 7 calories, and 1 jumbo shrimp is 14 calories. Not to mention that shrimp are packed with nutrients and lean protein! Combine that with tomato-based cocktail sauce, also relatively low calorie, and you've got a pretty darn good-for-you appetizer.
This easy healthy appetizer recipe comes together in just 5 minutes! This one is a seriously quick go-to that works for last minute party appetizers. Simply mix together plain yogurt, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup, and it comes together into the tastiest fruit dip imaginable! You'll never need to buy that overly sugary store-bought dip again.
What's more fresh and delicious appetizer than Caprese salad? This recipe works best in the summer when you've got beautiful ripe tomatoes and peaches. Here they're combine with burrata cheese, fresh mozzarella cheese filled with cream, and topped with fresh basil and chopped peanuts for a unique crunch. It's unfathomably good.
This healthy appetizer recipe is 100% green veggies, and people can't get enough of it! Every time we serve this one, someone asks for the recipe. When we tell them it's just green peas, cilantro, and salsa verde, they don't believe it! Here's a great way to eat your green veggies: on top of tortilla chips.
And last up in our best appetizer recipes: pinwheels! The pinwheels are packed with healthy veggies: bell peppers, spinach, and black beans. They're mixed with Mexican spices and rolled into a tortilla with a bit of hummus and a little cheese. MAN, they are so tasty! Serve with salsa as a dip on the side.
These loaded sweet potato rounds are the most delicious, crowd pleasing healthy appetizer out there! The roasted sweet potato base is topped with sour cream, cheese, and green onion.
- 2 pounds sweet potatoes
- 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Hot sauce
- Monterrey Jack and cheddar shredded cheese (Mexican blend)
- 3 green onions
- Sour cream
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- Cut the sweet potatoes into ¼-inch slices. Place the slices in a large bowl, sprinkle with 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon chili powder, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and stir to thoroughly coat both sides of all slices. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, taking care that the rounds do not overlap (if possible). Bake 10 minutes on one side, then remove from the oven, flip all rounds, and bake another 10 minutes until soft.
- While the potatoes bake, thinly slice the green onions.
- When the potatoes are done, remove them from oven and add a dot of hot sauce on each round (or more if desired). Top each round with shredded cheese and wait a few minutes for the cheese to melt (the potatoes will be hot enough at this point to melt the cheese).
- To serve, place the rounds on a platter. Add a dollop of sour cream on each round, and garnish with sliced green onions. (Tip: To make the sour cream easier to dollop, mix it in a bowl with a few drops of water to loosen it).
Note: This recipe makes enough for about 1 baking sheet of rounds; we had a few rounds left over that spilled onto a second sheet.
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: Mexican
Keywords: Healthy Appetizers, Healthy Appetizer Recipes
More entertaining resources!
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- 62 One-Bite Appetizers
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- How to Throw a Pizza Party
- How to Host a Simple Backyard Party
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.