Summer Appetizer Recipes

Looking for summer appetizer recipes? Allrecipes has more than 360 trusted summer appetizer recipes complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

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Maine Wild Blueberry Salsa

Rating: 5 stars 23
An antioxidant powerhouse that tastes incredible. The contrast between the sweet wild blueberries and tartness of the onions, peppers and tomatoes, makes this a great dish on its own with tortilla chips or served alongside beef or chicken.

Fig Brulee with Burrata Cheese

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
These were amazing with the fresh, creamy burrata, but any style cheese plate would benefit mightily from the shiny, sexy fruit. If cheese isn't your thing, go grab a pint of vanilla ice cream, forget all about that sweet-savory thing, and just go full-dessert.

Bruschetta with Shallots

Rating: 5 stars 104
Shallots are the special ingredient in this easy, filling bruschetta. The tomato mixture tastes best when prepared ahead of time and chilled for approximately 1 hour.

Peach Brulee Burrata Bruschetta

Rating: 4.5 stars 12
A slice of toast with a schmear of Burrata is already a beautiful thing, but when you add a nice pinch of Herbes de Provence salt, then a slice of peach brulee, you are talking about a whole new level of beautiful. This is perfect for any kind of entertaining that occurs while fresh peaches are still in season.

Spicy Watermelon

Rating: 4 stars 16
This Latino dish makes a refreshing summer snack with a surprising combination of flavors! Children love it.

Grilled Shrimp Scampi Cocktail

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
A nice twist on a classic favorite. When catering I serve mine hanging from the edge of a HUGE martini glass with crushed ice in the center and a bowl of red cocktail sauce propped in the ice.

Mango, Peach and Pineapple Salsa

Rating: 4.5 stars 134
This fruity and spicy salsa is yummy on just about everything from chips to barbequed chicken, tacos, and even tofu! By the way, pineapple mojitos are a great accompaniment!


Rating: 4.5 stars 19
This is my Russian grandmother's version of Italian caponata. Serve with your favorite bread or crackers--we like rye bread!
By Allrecipes Member


Rating: 5 stars 7589
You can make this avocado salad smooth or chunky depending on your tastes.
By Bob Cody

Balsamic Bruschetta

Rating: 5 stars 1154
An easy recipe for homemade bruschetta, the classic Italian appetizer.
By Allrecipes Member

Jicama Appetizer

Rating: 4 stars 48
This recipe is a great way to serve crunchy and refreshing raw jicama to a large group of people.

Fried Zucchini Flowers

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
In our family, we grow zucchini just for the flowers. This recipe has been our family favorite. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Inspiration and Ideas

All Summer in a Bite
Rating: Unrated 31
"One of my favorite appetizers! I just LOVE the sweetness of the cantaloupe combined with the saltiness of the prosciutto. So refreshing and delicious!" – Christina
City Ceviche
Rating: Unrated 16
"Great appetizer to share or inhale on my own with a side of tortilla chips!" – Aja
Rating: 5 stars 7548

Cilantro and cayenne give this classic guacamole a tasty kick. Serve it smooth or chunky.