55 Best Healthy Appetizers Recipes – Ideas for Healthy Hors D'oeuvres – Delish

Dietary restrictions should never stand in the way of a party.
If you’re throwing a party, you know it’s only as good as the appetizers you serve. And as far as we’re concerned, healthy appetizers do not have to be boring or involve sad “health” food. “Healthy” can mean so many different things too, so we made sure to prioritize flavor in all of our healthy app recipes, whether you’re dealing with gluten-free, keto, or vegan diets or simply just trying to add a bit of healthy variety to your diet. With appetizers like harissa deviled eggs and cranberry whipped feta dip, you won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything at the snack table!
One of our favorite easiest ways to keep everyone at the party happy is setting out all kinds of dips. Let’s be real, can anyone resist a dip? Thankfully, you can make them great for any dietary restrictions by adjusting your dip vehicle (we like cucumbers, carrot sticks, and even sweet potato chips). Whether you want something a little decadent or something bright and light, we’ve got tons of dip options. Some of our favorites? Our recipes for avocado hummus, cowboy caviar, and veggie dip are undisputed favorites, and our chipotle vegan queso has even fooled a few non-vegans.
Want to keep this party going? We’ve got even more appetizer inspiration, including perfectly portioned bite-sized appetizers and easy last-minute apps. And don’t forget the cocktails either! These holiday cocktail recipes and classic cocktails are just the right kind of balanced for us.
These loaded zucchini skins are a fresh twist on potato skins. They’re stuffed with cheddar, tomato, and avocado for intense flavor you’re gonna love.
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This cranberry-topped whipped feta dip is here to save your holiday appetizer planning. Fresh feta cheese is combined with herbs, garlic, and cream cheese, whipped until super-smooth, then topped with tart homemade cranberry sauce, toasted pistachios, and honey. The result is a salty, creamy, sweet, tart, and absolutely irresistible dip.
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Bacon-wrapped scallops are one of those dishes that wow guests but secretly are so easy to make (only 5 ingredients!). For best results, use big sea scallops and thin-cut, conventional bacon, but feel free to swap out the herbs for whatever you like.
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Some call it Cowboy Caviar; others call it Texas Caviar. Different names, same idea, and lots of variations—we love ours for how delicious and health-supportive it is. Black-eyed peas contain vitamin K, black beans aid in lowering blood pressure, and avocados contain omega-3 fatty acids. 😍
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Meet the love child of two iconic breakfasts: toasted everything bagel with cream cheese and savory avocado toast. Their superpowers combine in these irresistible avocado fries, which rely on the magical air fryer for their crisp texture rather than deep-frying. Enjoy them as an app or snack any time of day.

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This cauliflower is the perfect answer when you have Buffalo wings on the brain, but want to eat more vegetables. All the Buffalo flavor you love coat these florets, which are then air-fried to perfection. It all comes together when you dip one into our perfectly creamy blue cheese dressing (but feel free to go with ranch dressing if you prefer!).
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Bacon + guacamole = our ideal combo always. Put them in bite-sized form like these in these snack bombs, and we truly can’t get enough. Homemade guacamole is rolled into pieces of bacon in these keto-friendly apps that are just as perfect for snacking on throughout the day as they are at your next party.
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Here, we set out to make crispy delicious green beans, minus the deep-frying. Our solve? Panko bread crumbs and your air fryer, which give the benefit of tempura’s delicious crunch, without the need for a pot of hot, spattering oil or a classic tempura batter (since wet batters don’t do well in the air fryer).
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Simple, steamed edamame is an amazing snack that is nutritious and comes together really quickly. The little soybeans are endlessly poppable and are a fun, hands-on hors d’oeuvre (especially with the addition of our homemade chicken-salt).
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The bite-sized party classic gets a smoky kick from harissa (Tunisian chili pepper paste) in this simple but flavorful deviled eggs recipe. Topped with crispy fried shallots and fresh cilantro, it may stray pretty far from the original, but it’s just as delicious.
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Skordalia is a creamy, garlicky Greek dip we love to serve at parties. Made from potatoes and walnuts, this dip is smooth and creamy and always a surprise hit. Serve it with toasted pita or veggies for a new favorite!
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These snackable chickpeas are delicious on their own or as a crunchy topper for salads, creamy soups, or grain bowls. You can also toss them with hot popcorn for a protein-packed movie snack.
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Though they’re typically twice fried, these tostones are as crispy as the classic version with a fraction of the fat—and there’s no scary pot full of hot oil! The mojo-inspired sauce is so good and easy, you’ll want to make it with or without the tostones. Keep it in your back pocket when you need a quick dip for veggies or chips.
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Anything wrapped in bacon is instantly 1,000 times better, including summer squash! These ‘fries’ are simply roasted zucchini wedges wrapped in bacon—squash has never looked better. Make a simple homemade ranch for an easy dipping sauce too.

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However old-fashioned it may seem, shrimp cocktail is a classic. We’ve updated this party standby with a zesty homemade sauce that packs a flavorful punch thanks to ketchup, chili sauce, and Worcestershire sauce (all gluten-free!).

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These poppable snacks harness umami to the power of three. Savory mushrooms, sweet and tangy sun-dried tomatoes, and nutty Parmesan combine for irresistible bites you’ll be craving long after they’re gone (so make extra!).
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The classic sweet and salty combination of cantaloupe and prosciutto will never go out of style. The addition of fresh basil and creamy mozzarella makes a good thing even better. If you’re feeling fancy, make the balsamic glaze from scratch! We love this recipe from our balsamic-glazed carrots.
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This vegan version is so good it’s hard to decipher from regular queso dip. Made with cashews in place of cheese, it’s awesome with far more than chips. Drizzle the “cheesy” sauce inside a burrito or over nachos or tacos next!
Get the Chipotle Vegan Queso recipe.
These little guys are the perfect healthy summer appetizer. As the zucchini becomes tender, the spinach and artichoke topping gets nice and melty. If you want a little extra color on your bites, switch the oven to broil on medium and cook them a couple minutes more. (Just keep an eye on them.)
Get the Spinach Artichoke Zucchini Bites recipe.
This crunchy cucumber snack is inspired by a popular (but not traditional Japanese) type of sushi popular in the states, called maki. Got furikake? It’d be delicious sprinkled on top as the final garnish.
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Sticky, crisp, and crunchy, with the neutral flavor of the water chestnut soaking up the sweetness of the syrup and brown sugar, and the savory notes of the garlic powder, herbs, and spices, these are a surefire winner. Go wild with the dipping sauces; we suggest honey-mustard, but really, anything would work!
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This recipe was very loosely inspired by our Korean fried chicken wings, but nothing about this recipe is really traditional at all. The cauliflower florets are battered in a tempura-like batter, which does aid in a wing-like crispy coating, but you’re still going to want to eat these right away—the crunch factor diminishes quickly!
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Start off with something light before the heavier main event (hello, mashed potatoes!). This dip is so easy to make and comes together in minutes. Serve it with all of your favorite veggies, good bread, or crackers.
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We’ve already made a baked bloomin’ onion, but we couldn’t resist trying it out in the air fryer. Even after skipping the deep fry, this monster still comes out as insane as ever. It’s crazy crispy and so fun as a pull-apart shared appetizer.
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These are the perfect holiday appetizer—they’ve got everything you love from green bean casserole, but are SO much easier to make. Hot tip: Make extra, these go fast!
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For when you can’t decide between arguably the two best dips ever: hummus and guacamole. Truly, this dip is the best of both worlds.
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Quicker to make and easier to eat than Buffalo chicken wings, this plant-based version swaps chicken for snackable triangles of tempeh to mimic the crowd-pleasing appetizer.
Get the Tempeh Buffalo “Wings” recipe.
Jalapeño poppers are one of the easiest, most satisfying party apps. Mix cream cheese with pepper Jack, stuff it in jalapeños, and wrap it all in bacon. In the oven, the cheese gets hot and melty and the peppers mellow slightly. The combination is PERFECT.
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How thinly you slice your zucchini will affect how long these flavorful chips will take in the oven. We recommend checking on the chips after about an hour, though it’ll almost definitely take longer than that. Better safe than sorry for this delicious snack!
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We like our eggplant-based baba ghanoush GARLICKY. If you don’t, skip grating the raw clove in at the end. Without it, you’ll have a more subtle (slightly sweet) garlic flavor that will make everyone very, very happy. Accompanied by crudités and pita chips, you really can’t go wrong.
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