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: Unrated
20
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: Unrated
5
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.
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Bruschetta with Shallots

Rating: Unrated
81
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: Unrated
10
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.
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Spicy Watermelon

Rating: Unrated
14
This Latino dish makes a refreshing summer snack with a surprising combination of flavors! Children love it.

Grilled Shrimp Scampi Cocktail

Rating: Unrated
2
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: Unrated
98
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!

Magaricz

Rating: Unrated
14
This is my Russian grandmother's version of Italian caponata. Serve with your favorite bread or crackers--we like rye bread!

Banana Banana Bread

Rating: Unrated
11839
Why compromise the banana flavor? This banana bread is moist and delicious with loads of banana flavor! Friends and family love my recipe and say it's by far the best! It's wonderful toasted!! Enjoy!
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Guacamole

Rating: Unrated
4812
You can make this avocado salad smooth or chunky depending on your tastes.
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Balsamic Bruschetta

Rating: Unrated
742
Simple appetizer - the balsamic vinegar gives it a little kick. Best if the mixture has 1 or 2 hours to blend flavors before serving.

Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

Rating: Unrated
521
These spring rolls are a refreshing change from the usual fried variety, and have become a family favorite. They are great as a cool summertime appetizer, and are delicious dipped in one or both of the sauces.
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Inspiration and Ideas

All Summer in a Bite

"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

"Great appetizer to share or inhale on my own with a side of tortilla chips!" – Aja

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

Rating: Unrated
60

Best poppers you'll have off your grill! Any left over cheese mixture makes a good spread for crackers while you're waiting.