Low-Calorie Appetizer Recipes

Some of our most delicious appetizers--salsas, hummus, spring rolls, carrot chips--are also light and healthy. Browse 260+ trusted low-calorie appetizer recipes.

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Artichoke Salsa

Rating: 4.5 stars 174
A wonderful, light salsa recipe given to me by my friend J.C., who claims she can't cook!
By Julie Dumford

Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

Rating: 4.5 stars 39
A recipe I put together for a bridal shower. Everyone enjoyed them and I hope you will too

Prosciutto e Melone (Italian Ham and Melon)

Rating: 4.5 stars 31
This easy and refreshing starter featuring cantaloupe and cured ham (Parma ham for instance) can also be served as an appetizer: just cut the cantaloupe into bite-size pieces, wrap them with ham and spear them on skewers for a colorful snack! Use superior quality Italian ham for best results.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Rating: 4 stars 28
I love these, they're really addictive and healthy!
By ItalianGirlCristina

Sweet Potato Hummus

Rating: 4.5 stars 35
I wanted something easy and fitting for an autumn gathering. I found this recipe and altered it to make it even easier to make. It is a nice combination of naturally sweet and typically savory. Serve with pita wedges, crackers, or cut veggies.

Carrot Chips

Rating: 3.5 stars 25
This is a healthy alternative to potato chips and taste salty and sweet like sweet potato fries. This recipe is inspired by other recipes on the internet that I have played with. The thinner the slices, the crunchier the chips.

Tomato Salsa without Onions

Rating: 4.5 stars 17
My mother-in-law loves Tex-Mex but has an onion allergy. After several attempts, I invented an authentic tasting salsa that derives some of it's smokey flavor from the roasted pepper. I've taken to roasting the peppers in bulk so I can always have some on hand.


Rating: 4.5 stars 9
I learned to make this on Guam. This is an all purpose sauce and can be used as a marinade, or poured over rice or cooked meat. You can make it as hot or mild as you like. The longer you let it sit the hotter it gets!

Fruit Skewers with Apple Cinnamon Dipping Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
Make breakfast or a snack just a little special by serving this healthy yogurt dipping sauce with fresh fruit skewers. Use any fruit for the fruit skewers.

Cajun-Spiced Popcorn

Rating: 4.5 stars 26
Popcorn is roasted with butter and a blend of spices to make an addictive snack. I make this for watching movies or even sports.

Elegant Fig Appetizers with Goat Cheese and Almonds

Rating: 4.5 stars 65
This is a combination of several fresh fig appetizer recipes. The flavors of fresh figs, tangy goat cheese, salty almonds, sweet honey, and balsamic vinegar contrast to make these a delicious and very pretty appetizer. Arrange figs in a circle, tops facing in, for a flower effect and this will be a lovely addition to a bridal shower menu! If you can find Marcona almonds, use them! They are a Spanish almond that tastes like a cross between an almond and a cashew.

Shrimp Salsa

Rating: 5 stars 140
This is an awesomely simple, light, and refreshing salsa that goes great with tortilla chips.

Inspiration and Ideas

12 Healthy Make-Ahead Appetizers to Always Keep on Hand
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Buffalo Cauliflower
Rating: Unrated 314
"This came out absolutely scrumptious! I cut my florets in half so they lay flat side on the pan and they came out good and crispy!" -- Samantha Frye
Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls
Rating: 4.5 stars 729

With fresh vegetables wrapped in rice paper, these Vietnamese spring rolls are a refreshing appetizer for an Asian-inspired meal.