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These summer appetizers highlight the best produce of the season! Everyone will love these dips and finger foods.

Summer appetizers, appetizers for the summer

Throwing a party, or need a great way to start a meal? Here are our top ideas for summer appetizers! This season is ripe for parties, with the abundance of fresh produce and great weather for eating al fresco. These appetizers for the summer capitalize on seasonal produce: juicy tomatoes, sweet peaches, and sunny sweet corn. Make a few dips, or go big on finger food with skewers, bruschetta or crostini. Anything goes in summer!

And now…our top ideas for summer appetizers!

More appetizer ideas

Want more recipe inspiration? Here are a few more ideas to choose from:

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Caprese Skewers

25 Fun Summer Appetizers: Caprese Skewers & More!

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 skewers 1x


Caprese skewers are a fun and easy summer appetizer! This spin on the classic salad is ideal to impress guests or for a meal al fresco. For all summer appetizers, see the recipe links above. 


  • 16 small fresh mozzarella balls (Ciliegine), drained
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 32 round cherry tomatoes
  • 32 small fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic reduction (purchased or homemade)
  • 16 short skewers


  1. Dry the mozzarella and toss in bowl with the olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and kosher salt.
  2. Thread each skewer as follows: cherry tomato, basil leaf (folded in half), mozzarella ball, basil leaf, cherry tomato. Place all skewers on a platter and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Serve immediately. Skewers can sit at room temperature up 2 hours (you can refrigerate leftovers but the basil can turn dark over time.). If making ahead, make no more than 3 hours in advance.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Summer
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Summer appetizers, appetizers for the summer

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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