12 Healthy Appetizers That Are Delicious and Easy to Whip Up Fast

You'll want to plan a party just so you can make these!

healthy appetizers to feed a crowd
(From left): Yummy Addiction, Grab A Plate, Kim's Cravings

Fact: Appetizers are the best part of any meal or get-together. Unfortunately, they usually involve mounds of cheese, fried dough, or other not-so-healthy ingredients. It's ridiculously easy to load up before the main course even arrives—meaning you're probably missing out on satisfying protein, filling fiber, and your daily dose of veggies. So why not opt for a lighter, yet equally delicious option that won't leave you feeling sluggish? We've rounded up some of our all-time favorite healthy appetizers from food bloggers to make planning your menu (or what to bring) to your next party so much easier.

smoked salmon and cream cheese cucumber bites
Baker By Nature
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Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites

Refreshingly simple yet addictively delicious, these cute little bites combine crunch with tangy, savory flavor. High-protein salmon and mineral-rich cucumber are sandwiched together with a tiny dollop of cream cheese, which is seasoned with dill and horseradish. Yielding 40 bites in just 10 minutes, this one's an easy solution for feeding a crowd.

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cranberry chicken salad on apple slices
Yummy Addiction
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Cranberry Chicken Salad on Apple Slices

This might be one of the most genius (yet totally simple) healthy appetizers we've seen! Instead of using crackers, this blogger piled a bit of chicken salad on top of thin apple slices—same crunch, but you'll get more vitamins and minerals, fiber, and natural sweetness. Substitute the mayo in this recipe with Greek yogurt for fewer calories and a boost of protein and calcium.

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buffalo cauliflower bites
Real Housemoms
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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Forget chicken wings—these cauliflower bites are all you need to keep guests happy. Weighing in at 150 calories and 6 grams of fat per 1 cup serving, these fiber-filled bites are much less of a gut bomb than traditional wings. Serve them alongside your favorite dipping sauce and other veggies like celery and carrots.

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turkey meatballs with cucumber mint sauce
Plating Pixels
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Greek Turkey Meatballs with Cucumber Mint Sauce

Your friends and family won't even miss the beef or pork with these Greek turkey meatballs, which incorporate fresh flavors like cucumber, mint, and lemon. Drizzled with a simple cucumber mint sauce and served alongside healthy Greek yogurt-based tzatziki for dipping, these meatballs are the definition of satisfying.

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rainbow salsa
Gimme Some Oven
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Rainbow Salsa

Not only is this colorful salsa absolutely gorgeous, it packs some pretty serious nutrition. Take a look: roma tomatoes are loaded with potassium and disease-fighting lycopene, black beans offer protein and fiber, and bell peppers are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, and other minerals. Set out a bag of your favorite tortilla chips and watch this salsa disappear quickly.

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Healthy Chimichurri Shrimp Appetizer
Kim's Cravings
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Chimichurri Shrimp

This is basically the easiest appetizer ever; plus, shrimp delivers an excellent dose of protein and key nutrients like selenium, vitamin B12, and phosphorus. Just cook and coat these babies in a fresh sauce of herbs and spices, then serve them with toothpicks. The best part: They take less than 20 minutes from start to finish.

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Crispy Garlic Brussel Sprouts with Sriracha Aioli
Minimalist Baker
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Crispy Garlic Brussels Sprouts with Sriracha Aioli

Is there anything more heavenly than roasted brussels sprouts? Tossed in avocado oil, which is high in heart-healthy fats, these veggie dippers pair perfectly with creamy aioli. The flavorful sauce substitutes mayo for hummus and adds a spicy kick of Sriracha. Top with Parmesan and fresh herbs, and you've got the ultimate party snack.

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sun-dried tomato, basil and spinach pinwheel
Oat & Sesame
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Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil, and Spinach Pinwheels

Ah, pinwheels—a classic party appetizer, but far from the healthiest. This lighter alternative swaps out the cream cheese for a hummus-like spread of white beans, lemon zest, garlic, and olive oil. A flavorful combo of spinach, basil, sun-dried tomatoes and crushed toasted pine nuts makes this app feel way fancier than it is.

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spiced edamame hummus
Grab A Plate
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Spiced Edamame Hummus

Who said hummus had to be made from chickpeas? If you love the taste of edamame, you won't be able to get enough of this spicy hummus, which is both vegan and gluten-free. Plus, edamame is packed with plant protein. Serve alongside your favorite veggies, crackers, or pita bread, and your guests will quickly gobble up this delicious dip.

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Quinoa Spinach Stuffed Mushroom
Lauren Kelly Nutrition
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Quinoa Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms usually include some mixture of cream cheese and sausage, but these veggie-quinoa bites are the whole package: simple, nutritious, and absolutely delicious. Baked together with the hearty umami flavor of mushrooms, this superfood duo (iron-rich spinach and fiber-filled quinoa) can't be beat.

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Marinated Mini Sweet Peppers Recip
Natasha's Kitchen
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Marinated Mini Sweet Peppers

Besides having a host of health benefits—vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin B6, to name a few—sweet peppers are just fun to crunch on, even when they're raw. Take these colorful garden veggies to the next level by marinating them in olive oil, parsley, dill, and other spices. To make your life even easier, there's no slicing, dicing, or seeding required in this recipe.

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blackberry cucumber caprese skewers
The Sweetest Occasion
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Blackberry Cucumber Caprese Skewers

In the world of party apps, it doesn't get much simpler than skewers, and this fresh combo is so perfect for outdoor parties during the spring and summer. Juicy blackberries, crunchy zucchini, fresh basil and chewy mozzarella balls, all drizzled with balsamic glaze—anyone else drooling yet?

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