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Top Ten Ideas for Summer Appetizers

By: Marly Schuman

We have compiled a list of our top ten sizzlin' summer appetizer ideas to add some flavor to your next get together. These are fun and delicious recipes that are great for easy party appetizers or even for a special dinner at home! You can save these recipes for Father's Day, the 4th of July, or your next birthday party. You can even try making a dinner with friends or family with these crowd-pleasing bites.


1. The Healthy Choice

This Avocado Shrimp Cup is an easy way to make a classy salad for your guests. Avocados are packed with nutrients and flavor, so try this dressed up shrimp cocktail.

2. A Fruity Treat

Baked brie is a sophisitcated and easy appetizer that goes great with crackers or on a sandwich. Dazzle your guests with this Brie Glazed with Kiwi and Cranberry Marmalade and use the leftovers on a savory sandwich for lunch.

3. A Colorful Bite

This recipe for Yellow and Red Peppers Filled with Tuna and Capers packs a lot of ingredients into one bite. You can change up the ingredients to your liking, but these filled peppers will give you a healthy treat, no utensils required.

4. The Crowd Pleaser

Who doesn't like the most classic Italian appetizer-- Summertime Bruschetta? This is so easy to make and requires no cooking at all! The intense flavors of basil and garlic will do all the work for you.

5. For Prosciutto Lovers

This Prosciutto and Mascarpone Pinwheel only requires 4 ingredients and it's another no-bake dish! Serve it solo or use it as a topper on your favorite crackers or toast points.

6. The Kids' Favorite

Get the kids to eat their vegetables with this tasty Veggie Pizza Appetizer. It is semi-homemade, which will help save you tons of time on a pizza you made from "scratch."

7. A Grown-Up Treat

This dish combines sophisticated ingredients to create simple flavors. Everyone will adore these upscale Black Olive and Anchovy Canapes.

8. Add Some Spanish Flair

Spice up your next party with these Stuffed and Rolled Eggplant Tapas. Eggplants are a great vegetable to grill for summer, but you can find them year-round. Top them with some fresh herbs and you've got one flavorful party-starter.

9. Put a Twist on a Classic

Instead of popping the traditional mozzerella sticks into the microwave and dipping them in marinara, try these Herb Fritters with Mint and Apricot Yogurt Dip. The dip incorporates unique ingredients to create a flavor explosion!

10. A Home-Made Restaurant Favorite

Coconut shrimp pop up on every menu, so why not make your own fresh version at home? These Coconut Shrimp with Orange Mustard Sauce make a delicious appetizer or entree for any meal. 

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