By Vicky McDonald
March 15, 2017

It's fun to entertain in the summer, but it's also fun to take a break from your hot kitchen. So, with that in mind, we've come up with 10 easy, summer appetizers that don't require any cooking at all — letting you spend more quality time outside. These simple recipes are big on flavor, and look beautiful, thanks to all that sweet summer produce. All of these recipes can be made ahead of time, and stored in the fridge so that they're perfectly chilled (and you'll be too!) when it's time to serve.

Jalapeno and lime give this fresh summer salsa just the right amount of zing. Serve with some crisp tortilla chips and an ice-cold beer.


If you're looking to impress without too much effort, these cute Caprese sticks are exactly what you need.

Photo by KGora

This fancy fish appetizer definitely has that wow factor, but it's actually pretty simple to put together.

Photo by Aja

It doesn't get any easier than this — sweet sun-ripened melon and salty Prosciutto. Serve with a glass of sparkling Prosecco, and you'll feel like you're in Italy.

Photo by Melissa Goff
| Credit: Melissa Goff

Just like the sandwich, but without the bread! Serve with some bread sticks on the side for a little extra crunch.

Photo by KGora

This deliciously cool gazpacho is spicy, sweet, and salty, and so refreshing for a summer picnic or BBQ.

Photo by Jennifer Baker

Ripe, juicy peaches snuggle into creamy Burrata cheese, with a sweet/tart balsamic syrup drizzled over the top. Scoop up this easy and impressive appetizer with slices of Italian bread.

Peaches with Burrata, Basil, and Raspberry Balsamic Syrup | Photo by Buckwheat Queen

One of the best ways to enjoy watermelon this summer is this salty, sweet salad.

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

The key to this recipe is the mint which makes the tomatoes and cucumber taste extra sweet and delicious.

Photo by LilSnoo

If you like your salads a little more protein-packed, you can't beat this crunchy garbanzo bean salad with summer veggies.

Photo by Chibi Chef

Explore our complete collection of Summer Appetizer Recipes.