3 Totally Tasty Appetizers That Are Actually Pretty Healthy

Updated 07/25/17

I like to think that hors d’œuvres are the number one part of any solid get-together. Why? Because you usually have a better conversation when you’re eating in a more casual way, and foods made for snacking on—including the best appetizers you can whip up—tend to help. (Worst-case scenario? Your topic of discussion can be how tasty the hummus is.)

Oftentimes, these munchie-type foods are unhealthy and make you kind of sick even before you get to your entrée. But you’ll totally impress your guests (and delight their taste buds) with some easy, good-for-you options that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. From a gorgeous homemade hummus dip to a roasted cauliflower and chickpea salad to a Paleo pizza with pesto sauce, we have got you covered.

Say goodbye to the days of boring mini plates and hello to the best appetizers that will have your guests calling you the next day begging for the recipes. 

Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad

roasted cauliflower and chickpea salad
The Beach House Kitchen

The Hero Ingredient: Dijon mustard serves as the base of a delectable homemade mustard vinaigrette.

The Recipe: Simply roast cauliflower florets rubbed with olive oil until they start to brown; add chickpeas, and bake a bit longer. Finally, toss in the mustard vinaigrette that’s made a bit tangy with a hint of red wine vinegar. 

The Clincher: This app tastes as good warm as it does at room temperature, so don’t worry about having to constantly heat it up (or keep it cool for that matter). 

Farmers Market Hummus

healthy, farmers market hummus dip
Half Baked Harvest

The Hero Ingredient: Slices of fresh peaches not only look beautiful, they add some sweetness to a typically savory-only recipe. We so love a switch-up.

The Recipe: Your average hummus gets jazzed up with an array of toppings—zucchini, squash, peach, cherry tomatoes, corn kernels, watercress, fresh basil, feta, toasted pepitas, and sesame seeds. Simply make your hummus, toss in your extras with some olive oil, and mix it up for maximum goodness.

The Clincher: This dish is kind of the hummus version of a beautiful cheese plate—everyone’s going to want to snap a pic for their Instagram (especially before you dig in).

Mini Paleo Chicken Pesto Pizzas

mini Paleo chicken pesto pizzas
Fed + Fit

The Hero Ingredient: Chopped and steamed cauliflower makes a mean Paleo pizza crust in this appetizer

The Recipe: Begin by making the pizza crust by baking dough made from dehydrated cauliflower, egg, and salt. Let them cool, and then top them with your favorite Paleo pesto and some shredded chicken; bake until warmed through.

The Clincher: Make the pizzas bite-size for easy munching—no cutting necessary.

Do you have a favorite healthy appetizer you serve when you have guests? Be sure to tell us in the comments.

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