50 Easy Party Appetizers

These 50 easy appetizers will blow guests away at your next party! With everything from dips to finger food, you're sure to find one you'll love.

Easy appetizers

Do you have any go-to easy appetizers? When I’m entertaining, I often turn to a simple, seasonal crostini or cheese board, but at this time of year, when we’re hosting or attending parties more often, I start to crave new appetizer recipes.

If, like me, you look for fresh, inventive party appetizers around the holidays, check out the list below. With 50 appetizer ideas ranging from reimagined classics to new, creative appetizer recipes, you’re bound to find something you (and your guests) will love! Happy holidays!

Dip Appetizer Recipes

Butternut Squash Hummus (pictured above)

One of my favorite holiday appetizer recipes! Sprinkled with feta, pomegranate seeds, and microgreens, it’s pretty, festive, and filled with spiced butternut flavor.

Spinach Artichoke Dip

My version of this classic spinach dip is every bit as creamy and delicious as the original, but you won’t find any cream cheese here. Instead, it gets its luscious texture from blended cauliflower and Greek yogurt!

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Best Guacamole

Need I say more?

Best Guacamole

Homemade Hummus

Serve this velvety, nutty dip with warm pita and a drizzle of olive oil, and it’ll disappear in no time.

Appetizer recipes

Loaded Butternut Queso

This recipe is a fan favorite! Butternut squash blends into a cheesy queso dip that even the biggest cheese-lovers love. The recipe is on page 75 of Love & Lemons Every Day.

Vegan Seven Layer Dip

I can’t get enough of this creamy/crunchy, zesty/spicy taco dip. At a party, it’ll serve a crowd, but Jack and I have been known to eat the whole thing for dinner!

Taco dip

Curried Red Lentil Dip

Instead of chickpeas, red lentils star in this creamy, hummus-like dip. Bursting with warm curry flavor, it’s fantastic on pita, crackers, and veggies!

Easy appetizers

Cheesy Cauliflower Party Dip

No one will guess that an entire head of cauliflower is hiding inside this creamy dip! Topped with bubbly, melty cheese, it’s an addictive party favorite.

Easy appetizer recipes

Vegan Pimento Cheese

There’s no cheese in this recipe, but it tastes shockingly close to the real thing. Filled with flavorful ingredients like Dijon mustard, jarred pimentos, and lemon, it’s tangy, rich, and delicious.

Cheese dip

Tzatziki

If you’re looking for fresh, light appetizer ideas, try tzatziki! It’s a cooling mix of Greek yogurt, cucumber, lemon, and dill that’s fantastic with pita or fresh veggies.

Dip appetizer ideas

Baba Ganoush

Everyone loves hummus, but if you ask me, baba ganoush deserves just as much love. Whenever I make it, I can’t resist eating this silky, smoky dip straight from the food processor!

Christmas appetizers

Kale Guacamole

Steamed kale adds an extra veggie punch to this super green guac.

Easy appetizer recipes

Crostini & Flatbread Appetizer Recipes

Hummus Crostini Appetizers

With 6 crostini variations, these easy appetizers offer a little something for everyone! Choose just a few to serve, or make them all. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

Crostini appetizer recipes

Ratatouille Tartines

These elegant, easy appetizers will knock the socks off party guests! Charred ratatouille veggies, herbes de Provence, and a thin layer of goat cheese make them totally irresistible.

Easy appetizers

Sweet Potato Pomegranate Crostini

Slathered with a lemony sunflower spread, these cute crostini are cozy, fresh, and bright! Garnish them with cilantro leaves for an extra festive touch.

Christmas appetizers

Beet Hummus with Crostini

This vibrant hummus will brighten up any party! Spiced with cumin and coriander, it has a sweet, spiced flavor that will keep you coming back for more.

Best appetizers

Carrot Smorrebrod Crisps

In this recipe, salt-roasted carrots imitate lox. I top them onto crackers with all the classic fixings – crisp veggies, capers, and a big slather of cream cheese!

Flatbread appetizer ideas

Falafel Flatbread

This flatbread is gluten-free, but even your biggest bread-loving guests will fall for it. The chickpea base is spiked with falafel spices, and it’s piled high with crisp, juicy veggies, rich sauces, and fresh herbs.

Holiday appetizers

Broccolini Chickpea (Mini) Pizzas

I pile lemony broccoli, fresh mozzarella, and chickpeas onto mini naan breads to make these cute, easy appetizers.

Easy appetizers

Bread Appetizer Ideas

Rosemary Focaccia

This focaccia bread is easy to make, and at a party, it’ll vanish in no time. Topped with rosemary and roasted garlic, it’s savory, chewy, and rich.

Bread appetizer recipes

Vegan Soft Baked Pretzels

What’s more fun than homemade pretzels?! Serve them with spicy brown mustard, and they’ll be gone in a snap.

Bread appetizer recipes

One-Bite Easy Appetizers

Stuffed Mushrooms

There are tons of reasons to love these stuffed mushrooms. 1. They’re festive. Look at that red, white and green! 2. They’re delicious. And 3. They’re SUPER easy to make. Just stir together the filling, load it into cremini mushroom caps, and bake!

Stuffed mushrooms

Healthier (Vegan) Stuffed Potato Skins

Creamy, tangy cashew sour cream and smoky coconut bacon make these crispy potato skins lighter (but no less delicious) than traditional ones.

Christmas appetizers

Shiitake Maki Sushi

Vibrant carrot ginger dipping sauce is the perfect fresh complement for these savory sushi rolls. If you’ve never made homemade sushi before, don’t be intimated. It’s surprisingly easy to make, and your guests are bound to be impressed.

Vegan appetizers

Avocado Summer Rolls

These gorgeous summer rolls have to be one of the prettiest appetizer ideas out there! This recipe calls for peaches, but when I make it in winter, I simply skip them, and the rolls still come out delicious.

Vegan appetizer recipes

Sweet Potato Avocado Tartare

Avocado takes the place of tuna in this bright sesame tartare. Paired with toasty roasted sweet potato and radish for crunch, it’s pretty, elegant, and tasty, too!

Christmas appetizers

Avocado Cucumber Sushi Rolls

Stuffed with mango, avocado, and cucumber, this simple veggie sushi has a perfect mix of juicy, crispy, and creamy elements. Yum!

Holiday party appetizers

Platter Appetizer Ideas

The Ultimate Crudité Platter

When I say ultimate, I mean it. This platter is loaded up with marinated feta, tart cherry thyme butter, a luscious lemony white bean dip, and, of course, tons of fresh veggies. Your guests won’t be able to get enough!

Easy appetizers

Chipotle Cauliflower Nachos

Make this mouthwatering nacho platter with tortilla chips, black beans, diced tomato, cilantro, and big dollops of smoky, gooey cashew “queso.” Then, add a few spoonfuls of pineapple salsa for a surprising sweet finish!

Party appetizers

Charred Cherry Tomatoes

Cumin seeds and mint infuse these cherry tomatoes with fresh, aromatic flavor. Topped onto a bed of lemony yogurt, they’re perfect for scooping up with slices of crusty bread.

Christmas appetizers

Mix and Match Crostini Board

Sometimes, the best appetizer recipes are the simplest. Make a big platter with cheeses, seasonal jams and fruit, pesto, and nuts, and let guests load up crackers and baguette to their liking!

Cheese board

Easy Appetizers for Snacking

Sweet & Spicy Popcorn

This sweet & spicy popcorn is one of my go-to holiday appetizers. Seasoned with maple, cinnamon, and cayenne, it has a delectable mix of warm, sweet, and spicy flavors.

Holiday appetizers

Roasted Chickpeas

Skip the potato chips at your next party, and serve roasted chickpeas instead! They’re still salty, crunchy, and yummy, but they’re way more nutritious! For a fun variation, toss them with spices like chili or curry powder.

Healthy appetizers

Sweet Potato Fries

These crispy baked fries are a fun appetizer idea on their own, but if you pair them with a dipping sauce like tahini sauce, cilantro lime dressing, or chipotle sauce (my favorite!), they’re guaranteed to be the hit of your next party!

Easy appetizer recipes

Salsa Appetizer Recipes

Mango Salsa

It’s sweet, it’s spicy, it’s 7 ingredients. What’s not to love?

Mexican appetizers

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

My tried-and-true salsa recipe! It’s zesty, tangy, spicy, and so, so good.

Healthy appetizer recipes

Pico de Gallo

Make this pico de gallo recipe as written, or change it up by adding diced avocado, Cotija cheese, fresh corn kernels, or black beans!

Easy appetizer ideas

Pineapple Salsa

This super fresh salsa is such a fun, out-of-the-box appetizer idea! Tip: buy pre-cut pineapple for quick and easy prep.

Party appetizer ideas

Kiwi Avocado Salsa Verde

Creamy chunks of avocado contrast deliciously with juicy kiwi and crisp veggies in this sweet & spicy dip.

Mexican appetizer recipes

Cheesy Appetizer Recipes

Baked Brie

As far as easy appetizers go, this baked brie has to take the cake! Transfer the cheese straight from the fridge to the oven, bake for 8 minutes, and pile it high with your favorite seasonal toppings. I like to serve mine with pomegranate arils, but a dollop of cranberry sauce or cherry jam would be a great choice too.

Baked brie

Almond Cheese with Herbs de Provence

Make vegan cheese for your plant-based friends! Almonds, lemon juice, and a bit of nutritional yeast make a delicious spreadable savory cheese that will disappear in minutes. This recipe is on page 73 of Love & Lemons Every Day.

Burrata

Burrata served with seasonal produce and toasted baguette is one of my favorite easy appetizers. The heirloom tomato variation pictured below is delicious in the summer, but at this time of year, I love to plate it with juicy pear slices, pomegranate arils, and fresh thyme. Add a sprinkle of flaky sea salt and a drizzle of lemon-thyme oil to take it over the top!

Cheese board ideas

Green Harissa Grilled Cheese

What’s cuter than a mini grilled cheese sandwich party appetizer? I make mine with spinach and an herbaceous green harissa for an elevated twist.

Easy appetizer recipes

Mix & Match Quesadillas

Who doesn’t love quesadillas? Make a big batch before your guests arrive, or set out a DIY quesadilla bar with tortillas, fresh veggies, salsa, cheese, and refried beans. Then, cook quesadillas to order!

Easy appetizers

Quinoa & Kale Quesadillas

Kale and quinoa may be unconventional quesadilla fillings, but they make these guys totally delicious. They’re crisp on the outside, gooey in the middle, and packed with zesty flavor.

Easy appetizers

Do you have any quick and easy appetizer ideas you’d love to see a recipe for? I’m wanting to try a jackfruit buffalo “chicken” dip, lightened-up jalapeño poppers, cauliflower “chicken wings,” or Greek yogurt deviled eggs next!

Easy Appetizer Recipes: Butternut Hummus

rate this recipe:
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping cup roasted butternut squash
  • 1 garlic clove
  • cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne, less if sensitive to spice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • ¼ cup water, or as needed
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • pomegranate arils, feta, parsley, and microgreens, for topping
  • pita, crackers and/or veggies, for serving

Instructions

  • In a food processor, combine the roasted squash, garlic, chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, cumin, coriander, cayenne, and sea salt.
  • With the blade running, drizzle in the olive oil. Add water, as need, to blend to a smooth consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings. (Note: this is a bit spicy before you add the olive oil - the olive oil tones down the spice.)
  • Scoop the hummus into a serving bowl and top with pomegranate arils, feta, parsley, microgreens, and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with toasted pita, crackers, and/or chopped veggies.

 

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We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.