4 Healthy Appetizer Ideas to Try This Summer
Summer is prime time for the social butterflies. If you’re hosting, it’s time to switch it up from the classic cheese and crackers. There’s nothing wrong with a little brie, but there are a lot of simple ways to healthify your servings without making your guests feel like you’re putting them on a diet plan.
Carrots and celery are so summer 2014. Give your crudité platters a little spice with radishes, jicama, purple cauliflower, heirloom cherry tomatoes, and sugar snap peas. And even though it’s not all about looks, it kind of is… So try serving in pretty mason jars.
At Foodtrainers, we’ve always been faithful to this Rosa Mexicana guacamole recipe… That is until we discovered this ABC Cocina spring pea guacamole. A little tweak on the classic is always refreshing, and we won’t tell anyone that it might cut down calories a little too.
I’m also loving pesto right now as a dip. Combine three tablespoons of fresh pesto—I'll be honest, I buy “fresh-ish” pesto at Whole Foods—with two avocados, mash them up, and you have an avocado dip people will be repeating at home.
Hot temperatures and cold fish: The pairing always works—especially with a little bubbly. Make a shellfish platter with funky toppings; I recently had oysters with a watermelon cucumber relish that was a game changer. Ceviches and tuna poke are always a hit too, so make a little more than you think you should! Of course, food safety is essential: If you’re going raw, purchase from a trusted and reliable vendor.
Who doesn’t love taking a shot? Booze is optional. Serve cold gazpacho or another chilled soup in a shot glass and watch your friends and family throw ’em back.
So what’s your favorite healthy app or hors d’oeuvre?