15 Healthy Appetizers You’ll Want to Eat
Throwing a party? Try one of these unusual, healthy appetizers.
Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins
This loaded potato skins recipe from blog Half Baked Harvest uses sweet potatoes as a base for chicken and spinach that are then dressed in spicy chipotle, cumin, and lime.
Creamy Brussels Sprouts and Shallot Dip
It looks decadent, but this recipe from Minimalist Baker folds in low-fat sour cream and cheeses around the hearty sprouts. Baked tortilla or pita chips, or whole-grain bread, make great dippers.
This recipe from Oh She Glows swaps chickpeas with edamame (check your freezer aisle). Serve with multigrain or whole wheat pita chips for added fiber.
Who needs taters? This recipe from The Two Bite Club uses just five ingredients, and it’s baked in a mini muffin pan.
Roast Pork Sliders
Give a Latin accent to this slow-roasted pork sliders recipe from Laylita with a creamy avocado spread, pickled red onions, and cilantro hot sauce.
Crispy Polenta Fingers
With herbs and sun-dried tomatoes, this polenta recipe from Lulullian Delights bakes up golden brown.
Grilled Veggie and Hummus Tart
Grilled vegetables and garlicky hummus top this tart recipe from ecurry.com, made with a simple butter-free dough.
Feta-Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Craving buffalo wings? This recipe from Iowa Girl Eats replaces traditionally heavy blue-cheese dressing with tiny bites of feta tucked inside bite-size chicken meatballs.
Asian Salmon Sliders
Ginger and sesame oil add flavor to this low-fat slider recipe from Pass the Sushi; spread a chipotle or wasabi mayo on top for an extra kick.
Quinoa Samosas with Cilantro-Ginger Sauce
Samosas are a popular appetizer in Indian cuisine, and they’re usually fried. This recipe from Olives for Dinner, filled with with nutrient-rich quinoa, is baked to avoid additional oil.
Spinach and Feta Pie
This Greek-inspired recipe from Skinny Taste goes crustless, lightening up a classic. For parties (and portion control), cut into small squares or circles with a cookie cutter, and spear with toothpicks.
Baked Eggplant “Fries”
Panko-crusted eggplant fries are baked in this recipe from Oh My Veggies, then paired with blended cashews for a curried aioli dipping sauce that’s mayo-free.
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
Dusted with cayenne and roasted in the oven until crispy, this recipe from Snack Girl might replace your ubiquitous party bowl of chips.
Roasted Tofu Pesto Pops
This recipe from Chow Vegan calls for baking the tofu (which gives it a slight crunch), then topping the cubes with a basil-walnut pesto.
Egg Salad Bites
For a mayo-free egg salad recipe that gets its creaminess from low-fat Greek yogurt and hummus, try this one from The Clean Dish. Serve on or alongside wedges of whole-grain toast or pita, or endive leaves.