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31 Easy Cold Appetizers for an Entertaining Party

Looking for easy appetizers? These cold appetizers are made from simple ingredients but taste delicious. Enjoy these cold finger foods!

If you’re hosting a party, you want your menu to be top-notch.

The first dish on the docket is your appetizer. It sets the tone for your party, letting people know what’s coming and getting everyone in the mood to have some fun!

Serve them on these beautiful bamboo plates!

cold appetizers

Why are Appetizers Served Cold?

In formal settings, appetizers are typically served cold to wake up the guests’ appetites, hence their name!

The cold and small appetizers make them quick and easy to eat, priming your guests for an evening of wining and dining.

Easy Cold Appetizers

Let’s kick things off with everyone’s favorite recipe category: easy. Simple appetizer recipes are the key to pulling off an entertaining party.

Find some of the best cold appetizer recipes and take your summer party to a whole new level.

1. Caprese Skewers

Caprese Skewers


First off, we have a batch of Caprese skewers. While the traditional Caprese salad is nothing to sneeze at, it’s harder to serve in a party setting where people usually sit and mingle.

Enter, Caprese skewers! These are delicious and easy to assemble ahead of time. They’re great finger food, so your guests can simultaneously talk and enjoy their appetizers.

2. Greek Tzatziki Sauce

Greek Tzatziki Sauce


You can’t go wrong with a good dipping sauce as a tasty cold appetizer. This Greek tzatziki sauce is light but packed with flavor, perfect for waking up everyone’s appetite.

The sauce’s flavor is super versatile, effortlessly complementing a variety of vegetables, bread, and crackers.

3. Zucchini Roll-Ups with Guacamole

Zucchini Roll-Ups with Guacamole


This dish is cold and refreshing, pairing the light crunch of fresh zucchini with creamy avocado. Even the most vegetable-averse party guests won’t be able to pass these up; they look insanely delicious!

You will need this peeler to make these happen!

Need more zucchini recipes? Check out these parmesan zucchini bites!

4. Southwest Pimento Cheese Spread

Southwest Pimento Cheese Spread


This Southwest pimento cheese spread is the Swiss Army Knife of appetizers, able to be spread on everything from crackers to fresh vegetables. The rich and creamy flavor is a great start to any meal.

Have a crockpot and need appetizer? Check out these crockpot appetizers!

5. Prosciutto Melon Mozzarella Skewers

 Prosciutto Melon Mozzarella Skewers


Prosciutto, melon, and mozzarella are a combination that stretches as far back as the seventies. There’s a reason it’s stuck around for long: it’s delicious!

The salty prosciutto, cream cheese, and sweet melon offer the perfect balance of flavors and textures in every bite.

Use these paddle-pick skewers!

6. Bruschetta with Mozzarella

Bruschetta with Mozzarella


The key to a great bruschetta is fresh ingredients. This classic appetizer dish will stoke the fire of your guests’ appetites, priming them for an evening of delicious food and even better company.

I love serving bruschetta at summer events, as the freshness in each bite is the perfect way to celebrate the sunshine.

7. Stuffed Cherry Peppers

Stuffed Cherry Peppers


Are you looking for something sweet and crunchy to start your meal right? These adorable stuffed cherry peppers are bite-sized morsels that will have your guests clamoring for more.

Bursting with classic Italian flavors like anchovy, capers, and parsley, each pepper’s flavor lives up to its promising appearance.

You’re going to need these wide-mouth mason jars! Check out more Italian appetizer recipes!

8. Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball


A cheese ball is a show-stopping appetizer that will smile on your guests’ faces, especially one covered in bacon!

Bacon, ranch, and cheese are a match made in heaven. You can serve this excellent cheese ball with just about anything, which will succeed.

9. Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp Ceviche


Ceviche is a classic Italian appetizer that uses an acidic dressing to cook raw fish gently. It’s light, refreshing, and perfect for summer or spring events with an Italian theme.

Shrimp ceviche is lovely, thanks to the shrimp flesh’s natural delicacy.

10. Mexican Fish Ceviche

Mexican Fish Ceviche


Ceviche is also fantastic as an appetizer because you don’t have to cook any elements. Chop up the various ingredients and throw them together with a dash of citrus for a perfect appetizer.

This Mexican ceviche de Pescado uses cilantro, cherry tomatoes, and lime juice to highlight the fish’s natural flavor.

Check out more Mexican appetizers here.

11. Roasted Garlic Beet Dip

Roasted Garlic Beet Dip


You can’t go wrong with a big dip when it comes to the best cold appetizers.

This roasted garlic beet dip is a deliciously unique option for your next gathering. Featuring the earthy-yet-sweet beetroot and some mellow roasted garlic, it’s the best of both worlds.

This will go great with other puff pastry appetizers!

12. Layered Greek Dip

Layered Greek Dip


Speaking of dips, this layered Greek dip is a major crowd-pleaser. This has several layers that everyone can enjoy.

The base is delicious yogurt tzatziki; then, we transition into a deliciously spiced hummus. Finally, we cap the whole thing off with an assortment of fresh vegetables that look as good as they taste.

13. Artichoke Salad

Artichoke Salad


Artichokes are those vegetables with an unfortunate reputation because of how difficult they can be to prepare for beginners.

This delicious artichoke salad is further proof not to knock artichokes until you try them. With a beautiful myriad of textures and flavors, this is a salad your guests won’t be able to put down.

14. Peach Guacamole

Peach Guacamole


Yes, you read that right. Combining peach and guacamole might sound strange, but these two fruits are unexpectedly amazing together.

The creamy avocado is a perfect contrast to the sweet peach. It’s best to serve this as fresh as possible so that the avocado doesn’t go brown. Luckily, it takes just minutes to prepare!

15. Cucumber Hummus Bites

Cucumber Hummus Bites


If you’re searching for a quick and easy cold appetizer, look no further than these cucumber hummus bites. The earthy hummus offers a delicious earthiness, while the cucumber rounds are refreshing.

A bright, crunchy, colorful, and healthy appetizer that sets your guests’ appetites ablaze. This perfect finger food will definitely be a crowd pleaser.

16. Sweet Strawberry Bruschetta

Sweet Strawberry Bruschetta


Balsamic-glazed strawberries are a study in contrasts, showing how well sweet and savory go together.

These are super easy to prepare in bulk, and your guests will fawn over each strawberry-coated baguette slice. Make sure to pick up some high-quality ricotta for ultimate creaminess.

17. Kalamata Olive Tapenade Crostini

Kalamata Olive Tapenade Crostini


Knowing how to make a good olive tapenade is essential for any entertainer.

You can easily prepare the tapenade ahead of time, but make sure not to spread it on the crostini until the last minute. This will keep the bread fresh and crispy for as long as possible.

18. Caramelized Onion Hummus

Caramelized Onion Hummus


The earthy chickpea mixture’s veins of sweet caramelized onion are sprinkled, making it completely irresistible.

This is an excellent choice for parties as most guests enjoy good hummus. Serve with crackers, fresh vegetables, or crostini to contrast the creamy hummus with some natural crunch.

A nice addition to this onion hummus would be these Indian appetizers.

19. Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail


While these aren’t ideal for serving crowds, they’re great for dinner parties! Each cocktail is chock full of luscious shrimp, marinara, citrus, and creamy avocado.

Every bite has a new collection of flavors to enjoy, and the light seafood means your guests will still be hungry for the main event.

20. Mini Greek Salad Stackers

Mini Greek Salad Stackers


These cold party appetizers look incredible on the plate, sporting vibrant colors arranged with care.

I’d highly recommend preparing these ahead of time, as they can be tricky to assemble. Once you’re ready to serve, whip them out of the fridge, dress them with olive oil, and you’re good to go!

21. Charcuterie Cups

Charcuterie Cups


Charcuterie boards are great, but they can be difficult to serve to an entire party, especially if you want to make sure every guest gets enough. That’s where these fantastic charcuterie cups come in.

Imagine them like small charcuterie boards, where each guest gets a portion of the cheeses, meats, and fruits you’d find on a standard board.

22. Whole30 Cucumber Bites

Whole30 Cucumber Bites


These simple cucumber bites will perfectly suit any occasion, whether you’re preparing for the Super Bowl or an elegant dinner party.

There’s no cooking involved, so all you need is time to assemble them. Featuring a delicious balsamic dressing, these cucumber bites are light and refreshing enough for any season.

23. Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus


Speaking of prosciutto, this following recipe is a classic appetizer that makes the best of two stunning ingredients: fresh asparagus and prosciutto.

Topped off with goat’s cheese, this is a fantastic blend of flavors. These are super simple to prepare and keep well in the fridge, so they’re great for parties.

24. Honey Ricotta Peach Crostini with Crispy Pancetta

Honey Ricotta Peach Crostini with Crispy Pancetta


These honey ricotta peach crostini celebrate the summer gems that are peaches, turning them into savory marvels.

Crispy pancetta and creamy ricotta play off the light, sweet freshness of the peaches to create a balanced appetizer.

25. Smoked Salmon Tartare Bites

Smoked Salmon Tartare Bites


A delicious salmon tartare is a fantastic appetizer on its own, but what happens when you place it on top of fresh cucumber rounds? The answer is a fresh and light appetizer that will fly off the plates.

Salmon tartare is relatively simple to prepare; just make sure you cut the salmon as evenly as possible for the best result.

26. Orange Salmon Appetizers

Orange Salmon Appetizers


Featuring roasted salmon instead of the fresh variety, this is an earthy one-bite appetizer great for fall.

Experiment by switching out the different components to find the flavor combination you enjoy most. This is a great dish to serve at large parties, mainly if you aim for a sophisticated vibe.

27. Cheese, Ham, and Olive Bites

Cheese, Ham, and Olive Bites


These are quick and easy to assemble. While this easy recipe calls for manchego cheese, you can easily substitute a sharp cheddar cheese if you prefer a cheaper option.

This is one of the easy finger food recipes you can serve for special occasions. So let your party guests enjoy some of the best appetizers.

28. Fresh Spring Rolls

Fresh Spring Rolls


Fresh spring rolls are a vibrant and colorful addition to any dinner table, immediately drawing your guests into the party mood. These spring rolls are served with a light peanut sauce.

The hardest part about these is getting the rolls tight, but you’re good to go once you’ve got that down!

29. Mango Cucumber Salad

Mango Cucumber Salad


This mango and cucumber salad brings together two of the freshest, juiciest ingredients on the sweet and savory spectrum.

It’s more like a salsa than a salad, so you can always chop the pieces smaller than the recipe calls for and use them as a condiment instead. With a dish this delicious, the possibilities are endless.

30. Asparagus Crostini

Asparagus Crostini


Bursting with protein and healthy goodness, this appetizer looks and tastes stunning.

The flavors are mellow enough that your main meal won’t be overshadowed but tasty enough that your guests will keep coming back for more. Be prepared to share this recipe around!

31. Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Bites

Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Bites


These delicious cold appetizers would be right at home on a holiday dinner table with this flavor combination. Plus, they’re super easy to make.

You need to mix up the goat cheese with the other ingredients, form them into cheese balls, and chill them until you’re ready to serve. How much better can it get?


Monday 24th of April 2023

Love the cranberry pecan and goat cheese for our wedding


Thursday 30th of June 2022

Wow, what a great collection. Just in time for summer entertaining. I will be giving the Strawberry Bruschetta a try this weekend.