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This compilation of healthy appetizers, including everything from low fat to low carb to baked versions, is perfect for any big gathering or party and won’t undo all of your fit eating choices!

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Collage of healthy appetizer recipes.

We Love Healthy And Flavorful!

Healthy food is a bit subjective depending on the way you choose to consume your macronutrients.

Some people choose a high protein, low fat, low carb diet, whereas others may choose high healthy fats, low carb, low sugar diet. Or maybe you prefer plant-based or organic foods.

Why we love them:

  • Tasty. No matter the diet, I have a few healthy appetizers that won’t skimp on taste, and are sure to whet your appetite!!
  • Quick and easy. Many of these appetizers can be made ahead of time, or prepped in minutes!
  • Variety. We have everything from hot and cold, dips, and more!
Peach Salsa in a white bowl on a wooden plate.

the most popular healthy appetizers

Just because you’re looking for healthy appetizers to serve doesn’t mean you have to skip the classic appetizers that we all love.

  1. Buffalo Wings are a must at my house. They’re full of protein and buffalo sauce has no fat or sugar, just watch the sodium level.
  2. Meatballs are another high-protein dish. Use lean beef, chicken, or turkey. Fill them with savory herbs and spices and avoid sugar sauces.
  3. Salsa is another family favorite. It’s full of vitamins due to the nutritious produce used to make it.
  4. Charcuterie Boards have made an increasing presence at our parties over the last few years. They are so easy to customize with all your favorite healthy ingredients.
A charcuterie board with fruits and vegetables, making for a healthy appetizer.

appetizer Planning Tips 

When picking out your menu, try to provide an appetizer from different categories that way there is a little something for everyone. 

  • Have 2-3 different appetizers for fewer than 10 guests.
  • Add another appetizer option for every 5-8 more guests.
  • If appetizers are the only food on the menu then plan for each person to have 10-12 pieces during the first 2 hours. Add 5 more pieces per person for every hour after.
  • If they are being served before a meal, then plan for each guest to have 3-5 pieces total per person.
Baked kale chips in a white ramekin.

healthy Finger Foods

Finger foods, also known as hors d’oeuvres, are slightly different from appetizers. They are individual portions that can be eaten without utensils, are mess-free, and are easily consumed when standing and mingling with others.

  • Tea sandwiches are a favorite like these Greek Cucumber Cups.
  • I like using toothpicks to be able to serve some favorite foods like these Buffalo Chicken Meatballs.
  • Filling up hollowed-out vegetables with tasty healthy ingredients works well. These recipes will often have “stuffed” or “cup” in the title.
  • Flatbread Pinwheels are another good example. Choose a healthy flatbread and fill it with your favorite healthy combinations. 

Best Healthy Appetizers

These favorites are healthy appetizers we include in every spread. Start here for your best list of tasty options!

1 How to Make a Charcuterie Board

Appetizer How to Make a Charcuterie Board
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 5 votes
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2 Veggie Tray Recipe

Appetizer Veggie Tray Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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3 Easy Bruschetta Recipe

Appetizer Easy Bruschetta Recipe
Total Time: 14 minutes

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5 from 28 votes
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4 Pico de Gallo Recipe

Appetizer Pico de Gallo Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 2 votes
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5 Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups Recipe

Appetizer Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 8 minutes

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5 from 30 votes
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6 Burrata Board Recipe

Appetizer Burrata Board Recipe
Total Time: 26 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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7 Homemade Hummus Recipe

Side Dish Homemade Hummus Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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8 Black Bean Corn Salsa

Appetizer Black Bean Corn Salsa
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 17 votes
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9 Salsa Recipe

Appetizer Salsa Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 112 votes
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10 Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Appetizer Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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4.90 from 47 votes
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Baked, Not Fried

Baking is generally an alternative to all fried appetizers and many can be cooked this way as a healthy option. You’ll love these baked, not fried, crispy choices.

11 Baked Chicken Taquito Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course Baked Chicken Taquito Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 23 votes
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12 Zucchini Chips Recipe

Side Dish Zucchini Chips Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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13 Baked Buffalo Wings Recipe

Appetizer Baked Buffalo Wings Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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14 Baked Cream Cheese Rangoon Recipe

Appetizer Baked Cream Cheese Rangoon Recipe
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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15 Baked Chicken Wings Recipe

Appetizer Baked Chicken Wings Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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16 Sweet Potato Fries recipe

Side Dish Sweet Potato Fries recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
4.75 from 4 votes
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17 Baked Tortilla Chips Recipe

Appetizer, Side Dish Baked Tortilla Chips Recipe
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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18 Baked French Fries Recipe

Appetizer, Salad Baked French Fries Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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19 Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe

Appetizer Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

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5 from 14 votes
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20 Kale Chips Recipe

Snack Kale Chips Recipe
5 from 9 votes
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21 Zucchini Fries Recipe

Side Dish Zucchini Fries Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 28 votes
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Keto-Friendly Appetizers

Keep it keto with these tasty appetizers that won’t ruin your health goals!

Those who may eat a keto diet will prefer low-carb, low-sugar appetizer options. This does mean they’re typically higher in fat and protein.

22 Easy Meatball Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course Easy Meatball Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 203 votes
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23 Loaded Pulled Pork Cups Recipe

Appetizer Loaded Pulled Pork Cups Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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24 Sausage Stuffed Jalapeños Recipe

Appetizer Sausage Stuffed Jalapeños Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 54 votes
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25 Buffalo Wings Recipe

Appetizer Buffalo Wings Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

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5 from 11 votes
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26 Sweet Potato Skins Recipe

Side Dish Sweet Potato Skins Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 13 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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27 Deviled Eggs Recipe

Appetizer Deviled Eggs Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 53 votes
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28 Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe

Appetizer Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

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5 from 16 votes
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29 Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Recipe

Appetizer Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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30 Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Recipe

Appetizer Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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31 Steak Bites Recipe

Main Course Steak Bites Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 11 minutes

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5 from 3 votes
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More Healthy Appetizer Recipes

You won’t be sacrificing any flavor with these appetizers!

32 Caprese Kabobs Recipe

Appetizer Caprese Kabobs Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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33 Fruit Kabobs

Side Dish Fruit Kabobs
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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34 Veggie Cups Appetizer

Appetizer Veggie Cups Appetizer
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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35 Cucumber Salsa Recipe

Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack Cucumber Salsa Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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36 Caesar Salad Cups Recipe

Appetizer, Salad Caesar Salad Cups Recipe
Total Time: 14 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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37 Buffalo Chicken Taquitos Recipe

Appetizer Buffalo Chicken Taquitos Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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38 Strawberry Salsa

Appetizer Strawberry Salsa
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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39 Mango Salsa Recipe

Appetizer Mango Salsa Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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40 Peach Salsa Recipe

Appetizer Peach Salsa Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 21 votes
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Our Favorite Platter

A go-to for every party and get-together is a Charcuterie Platter.

We can customize it for every occasion with the foods and produce that are in season as well as the ones we love most. Include a mix of crackers, cheeses, meats, and dips along with vegetables and fruits.

They are so easy to make and can be assembled any way and are always a hit.

Here is the recipe:

5 from 4 votes

40+ Healthy Appetizers – Charcuterie Platter

By: Lil’ Luna
Who doesn't love appetizers, especially when they're healthy? This charcuterie platter is a great way to add some healthy snacks to the mix!
Servings: 12
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Equipment

  • Large Wooden Serving Board

Ingredients 

  • 2 small cups dip I like Ranch and Veggie Dip
  • 15 slices deli pepperoni
  • 8 slices Prosciutto
  • 9 slices deli salami
  • ¼ cup Colby jack cheese cubes
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese cubes
  • 1 small cucumber sliced
  • handful blackberries
  • cup broccoli florets
  • 8-10 grape tomatoes any color
  • 1-2 apples cubed
  • 12-15 sugar snap peas
  • 6 strawberries
  • 12-15 baby carrots
  • ¼ cup nuts
  • handful pita chips
  • 8 round crackers such as Ritz, Toasteds, Multigrain
  • 4-5 grissini breadsticks
  • ¼ cup pretzel snaps or sticks or twists
  • Have serving prongs or toothpicks near the tray

Instructions 

  • This board can be assembled any way you like, but here is how we do it:
  • Place the small bowls of dip on opposite sides of the board.
  • Fold, or roll the deli meats. Place the pepperoni along one side of the tray. Put the salami along a different side and the prosciutto on a third side.
  • Add the different cheese cubes on opposite sides of each other.
  • Place the different types of crackers and pretzels around the board.
  • Finally, fill in any empty spots with the nuts and produce.
  • Be sure to place out serving prongs or toothpicks near the tray.

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Notes

If you don’t have a wooden charcuterie board, any flat tray or platter will work.
Have extra ingredients on hand to refill the board as needed. 

Nutrition

Calories: 173kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 421mg, Potassium: 176mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1564IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 74mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Whether it’s to serve for a party, family get-together, or even as a side dish, these tasty appetizers are sure to please a crowd!

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  1. Great ideas. I will definitely use some of these options in the future. There are some appetizers on here however like buffalo wings and charcuterie boards that definitely aren’t healthy so I wouldn’t advertise them as such.