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61 Best Summer Appetizers For Your Next Outdoor Party

Summer is a time for garden parties, barbecues, picnics, and more! This changes the game for the sort of appetizers you want to serve. These best summer appetizers will do the trick!

We’re thinking grilled shrimp, fresh fruits & veggies, chips & dips, salads, salsas, and charcuterie boards. The options are endless for summer appetizer recipes!

Homemade is always better than store-bought for a backyard bbq. However, you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen on a warm day.

You’ve come to the right place for an easy appetizer or two!

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What are the 5 Types of Appetizer?

There are five types of delicious appetizers that you can serve at a casual summer party or gathering.

  • Canapes – this is bite-sized finger food that can also be served hot or cold. Canapes typically have a robust base, such as toasted bread or crackers. They’re often topped with some form of spread and a garnish
  • Salads – the clue for this one is in the name! You’ll often find fresh produce like tomato and cucumber in a salad appetizer
  • Fruits and vegetables – the clue is the name for this appetizer, too! This can be anything from bacon-wrapped asparagus to prosciutto-wrapped peaches 
  • Chips & dips – again, the name is a huge giveaway for this appetizer! Chips are usually crunchy potato chips or tortilla chips. Dips could be anything from a cheesy dip to a fresh salsa
  • Finger foods – another appetizer where the clue is in the name! This type of appetizer is any food that can be eaten easily with your fingers. It’s usually small enough to be eaten in one or two bites

There are so many options for finger foods to serve at your party! Savory foods are usually at the forefront as these are easier to eat with your fingers.

Some of the most popular savory finger foods are deviled eggs, pizza rolls, grilled shrimp, meatballs, and chicken wings!

However, there are some tasty options for sweet finger foods too. Think prosciutto-wrapped peaches, strawberry basil bruschetta, and prosciutto and melon skewers.

You can find all of these and more in the appetizer ideas below!

Easy Summer Appetizers

The last thing you want to do in the summer is stand in a hot kitchen for hours. These appetizers are quick and easy so that you can spend more time outdoors!

1. Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches

prosciutto wrapped peaches


Sweet and salty are combined in this delicious appetizer. Salty prosciutto is wrapped around sweet, juicy peaches.

Mix toasted almonds and sweet cinnamon with cream cheese for an unexpected pop of flavor. Add a spoonful of cheese onto wedges of peach with a basil leaf.

Wrap your peach wedges in slices of soft prosciutto and serve!

This is one of the best party appetizers to impress your guests!

2. Individual Charcuterie Party Cups

charcuterie cups


These charcuterie cups are loaded with meat, cheese, fruit, and garnishes. They’re incredibly versatile, and the options are endless!

For these charcuterie cups, use thinly sliced salami and honey-smoked turkey for your meaty element. Cornichon pickles go great with these!

Delicious cheese flavors come from tomato basil Havarti, creamy brie and mozzarella, and aged Gouda. Add grapes, blackberries, figs, and dried apricots for sweetness.

Other garnishes include crackers, pretzels, breadsticks, nuts, and herbs. Leave a pot of Dijon mustard and sweet preserve for anyone who would like these with their charcuterie!

3. Honey Apricot Goat Cheese Log with Almond

honey apricot goats cheese log


This creamy goat cheese log is sweet, savory, and nutty. It has fresh flavors of summer that come together beautifully!

Combine goat cheese, cream cheese, dried apricots, and toasted almond slices. Add sea salt, dried basil, and thyme for extra flavor. Wrap your log in cling wrap and chill it until ready to serve.

Before serving, roll your log in almonds and apricots and press them gently into the cheese. Place it on a generous serving of apricot jam spread on a serving platter.

Drizzle with honey and garnish with fresh basil!

These other tasty goat cheese appetizers are sure to impress!

4. Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

air fryer zucchini fries


Garlic and parmesan elevate the taste of these delicious crunchy zucchini fries!

Season your fries with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and parsley. Add these to your flour and panko breadcrumbs for ultimate flavor. Also, add parmesan to your panko for a cheesy taste.

Remove some moisture from your zucchini before adding your coating. This ensures they turn crispy instead of soggy!

Cook your zucchini fries in your air fryer until they’re golden and crispy. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce.

5. Mexican Street Corn Dip

Mexican street corn dip


This tasty Mexican-inspired street corn dip is light and refreshing. It’s perfect for scooping with crunchy tortilla chips!

Fry your corn in butter to release the sweet flavors. Jalapeno, red onion, and chili powder deliver the spicy Mexican taste.

Mayo, Greek yogurt, and crumbled cotija make your corn dip delicious and creamy. Add lime juice for a zesty kick!

This is one of the most irresistible dip recipes for parties!

6. Tomato Tart with Puff Pastry

tomato tart with puff pastry


Creamy cheese, fresh garlic, and a layer of juicy tomatoes sit on a sheet of crispy puff pastry. It’s tasty and looks so summery!

Mix minced garlic into cream cheese and spread on your sheet of uncooked pastry. Place a variety of tomatoes to make your tart look visually appealing.

Cherry, heirloom, and grape tomatoes look good together. Before cooking your tart, mix dried herbs with olive oil and brush on your tomatoes for extra flavor!

7. Yogurt Pesto Dip with Burrata and Roasted Tomatoes

yogurt pesto dip


This herby yogurt dip is served with creamy burrata and juicy roasted tomatoes. It has a summery caprese feel to it.

Roast your tomatoes with olive oil, salt, and sugar. Combine green pesto and yogurt with a pinch of salt to bring out the flavors.

Drizzle thick slices of bread with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill them until they have golden grill marks.

Add torn burrata to your dip, drizzle it with oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pop your tomatoes and fresh basil on top, then serve with your grilled bread!

8. Whipped Ricotta Crostini

whipped crostini


Whipped ricotta is light, fluffy, creamy, and irresistible! The texture is a perfect complement to the crunchy bread and pistachios.

Drizzle slices of baguette with olive oil before baking until golden and crunchy. Blitz your ricotta briefly in a food processor. This makes it nice and creamy! Stir in salt and pepper to taste.

Pipe your ricotta onto the crostini and garnish with lemon zest, crunchy pistachios, basil, and pure honey.

9. Fresh Tomato Galette

fresh tomato galette


Think of this tasty galette as a fancy pizza! Gouda cheese and fresh tomatoes sit on top of a crisp pastry crust.

Make your pie dough a while before cooking to give it time to chill in the refrigerator. You can also use store-bought dough to save time.

Toss your tomatoes with salt, garlic, and oregano. The salt draws out the juices, giving your galette a crispier crust.

Add shredded gouda to your rolled-out pie dough and top it with garlicky tomatoes. Brush your dough with olive oil and cook until it’s golden brown. Garnish with fresh basil before serving!

10. Keto Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

bacon wrapped asparagus


Fresh asparagus is wrapped in slices of salty bacon. It’s baked until the asparagus is tender and the bacon is crispy!

Season your asparagus with sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Mix these with olive oil before brushing it onto your asparagus.

Use thin slices of bacon to wrap your spears. This ensures they go wonderfully crispy and the asparagus doesn’t overcook!

11. Smoked Spiced Shrimp

smoked spice shrimp


These tasty smoked and spiced shrimp are seasoned with a homemade dry rub. Serve them with a delicious cocktail sauce for the perfect pairing of flavors!

Raw shrimp are essential for this recipe; medium size and above are the best for smoking. This ensures the pellet grill has time to impart a smoky taste!

Make a dry Saskatchewan rub with paprika, chili, mustard, and garlic powders, rosemary, and thyme. Add brown sugar for a touch of sweetness and to help with caramelization.

Combine ketchup, Worcestershire, horseradish, lemon juice, and some dry rub. This makes your creamy cocktail sauce for dipping!

You must try these other mouthwatering smoked appetizer recipes!

12. Air Fryer Shishito Peppers

shishito peppers


Shishito peppers are sweet, mildly spicy, and smoky, with a hint of citrus. Cook them in the air fryer to produce blackened skins and maximum flavor!

Wash and dry your peppers before spraying them with avocado oil. Cook your shishitos until the ends turn dark brown and the skin has shriveled.

Sprinkle them with salt before serving with your favorite dipping sauce!

13. Loaded Veggie Nachos

loaded veggie nachos


These loaded nachos have layers of colorful veggies and gooey cheese on top of crunchy chips. Even carnivores will love them!

Use a mixture of cheese for ultimate gooeyness. Cheddar and mozzarella are creamy and oozy, and Monterey Jack adds a hint of spice.

Add black beans, diced bell peppers, sweet corn kernels, and jalapenos for a kick of heat! Sprinkle everything with taco or fajita seasoning before baking until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

Top your nachos with diced red onion, tomatoes, avocado, shredded lettuce, and cilantro. Serve with guacamole, salsa, and sour cream!

14. Sticky Grilled Chicken Wings

grilled chicken wings


A sweet and spicy sticky sauce coats these tender chicken wings. They’re also crispy from the grill, just like fried chicken!

Toss your chicken wings in cornstarch before cooking on the grill. This develops a skin that stays crispy when you add the sauce.

Make your tasty sauce by combining soy, oyster, and chili sauces, olive and sesame oil, and minced garlic and ginger. Add honey for natural sweetness and lime juice for a zesty kick.

Toss your cooked wings with the sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds and cilantro before serving!

15. Roasted Cherry Goat Cheese Crostini

cherry goat cheese crostini


This delicious appetizer delivers sweet, savory flavors and juicy, crispy, and creamy textures!

Make a creamy spread by combining cream cheese, goat cheese, lemon juice, and zest. Sweeten it naturally with honey. Roast your pitted cherries with sprigs of fresh rosemary.

Spread a layer of goat cheese mixture on slices of crunchy toasted baguette and top with your roasted cherries.

Drizzle your crostini with honey balsamic glaze and garnish with sea salt and fresh rosemary!

16. Peach Panzanella with Tomatoes

peach panzanella with tomatoes


This fresh summer salad is a delicious mix of sweet peaches, savory bread, and juicy tomatoes.

Make your salad using chunks of juicy peach, halved cherry tomatoes, sliced red onion, and fresh basil. Toss it with olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Toast chunks of stale bread for your salad to make it extra crunchy!

17. Cheesy Hot Crab Dip

cheesy hot crab dip


This creamy dip has lots of cheese and tender fresh crab meat!

Sauté dill, lemon zest, and garlic in butter for a light, fresh flavor. Gently stir in your lump crab meat and remove it from the heat.

Combine your seasoned crab meat with mayo and shredded Swiss cheese. Use full-fat mayo for a more decadent flavor.

Bake your crab dip until it’s golden and bubbly. Serve it immediately with crunchy crackers and crostini!

18. Air Fryer Pizza Rolls

pizza rolls


Pizza rolls are cooked to crispy perfection and tossed with cheesy garlic butter!

Totino’s pizza rolls are perfect for this recipe. Cook them in your air fryer until they’re golden and crispy.

Combine melted butter with parsley and garlic. Red pepper flakes add a slight kick to your butter dressing.

Toss your cooked pizza rolls in the butter until they’re coated well, then toss with parmesan. Sprinkle your buttery pizza rolls with more parmesan and serve with a marinara sauce for dipping!

19. Tostones



Green plantains are fried twice with avocado oil for the most crunchy, crispy tostones!

Before cooking, you must soak your plantain pieces in salt water. Once dry, cook them in avocado oil until lightly browned and yellow around the sides. This softens them, ready to flatten!

Flatten your plantains and fry them again until they’re crispy and golden brown! Immediately sprinkle them with salt for the best texture and taste. 

20. Whipped Lemon Feta-Labneh Dip

lemon feta labneh dip


This Mediterranean-inspired dip has delicious tastes of summer with lemon and feta. It’s light and fluffy, perfect for dipping!

Labneh spreadable yogurt cheese is the ingredient that makes your dip perfectly light and tasty. It adds a tangy, rich flavor to your dip.

Combine your labneh with crumbly feta, lemon zest, and juice. A little za’atar delivers a lightly spiced taste that complements the slight tang of the lemon.

Cold Appetizers for Summer

Cool down during the hot weather of summer with these tasty cold appetizers!

21. Strawberry Basil Bruschetta

strawberry basil bruschetta


This summery bruschetta features creamy, juicy, fresh flavors with goat’s cheese, strawberries, and basil!

Soak your juicy strawberries in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey for a tangy and sweet flavor. Drizzle slices of baguette with olive oil and bake them until they’re just turning crispy.

Assemble your bruschetta by spooning creamy goat’s cheese onto your baguette slices. Follow this with your strawberries and garnish with torn basil leaves for a fresh, herby taste!

22. Shrimp Deviled Eggs

shrimp devilled eggs


These deviled eggs are a decadent twist on a classic appetizer. However, they’re effortless and quick to make!

Toss your shrimp with Old Bay seasoning and olive oil before cooking. This adds a lightly spiced taste to your deviled eggs.

Combine mashed egg yolks with mayo, Dijon mustard, and chopped shrimp. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.

Spoon the shrimp filling back into your halves of egg white. Garnish each egg half with a whole shrimp and sprinkle with fresh chives!

You’ll love these other shrimp appetizer recipes!

23. Cold Spinach Artichoke Dip

spinach artichoke dip


This chunky cold dip with fresh spinach and artichoke hearts has a citrusy lemon twist!

Use shredded spinach leaves and chopped artichoke hearts for your dip. Combine these with mayo, minced garlic, and lemon juice for a zesty, light flavor.

Mix in shredded parmesan before serving to add a robust cheesy taste!

24. Crab Stick Salad

crab stick salad


Crunchy veggies and tender crab sticks combine with a creamy mayo dressing to make this tasty appetizer!

Use thin slices of crab stick, carrots, and English cucumber for your salad. Make an Asian-inspired dressing with mayo, soy sauce, lemon juice, and sriracha.

Stir your dressing into your veggies and crab, and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds!

25. Shishito Corn Salad

shishito corn salad


Blistered shishito peppers add a delicious smoky taste to this colorful and refreshing corn salad!

Cook your shishitos to produce soft skin and make their bitter taste sweeter. Let them cool before roughly chopping them.

Mix your peppers with yellow corn kernels and creamy queso fresco cheese. Diced avocado adds a creamy texture, while pepitas add a slight crunch.

Combine diced shallots, cilantro, rice vinegar, cumin, olive oil, and salt to make a flavorful dressing. Toss it with your salad, and garnish with extra cheese and pepitas!

26. Fresh Pineapple Pico De Gallo

pineapple pico de gallo


This colorful Tex-Mex-inspired salsa combines sweet and spicy flavors for a fresh taste of summer!

Combine diced sweet pineapple, juicy tomatoes, sharp red onion, and fresh cilantro. Lime juice adds a zesty kick.

Season your Pico de Gallo with cayenne, cumin, salt, and black pepper for a spicy contrast to the sweet flavors. Serve your fresh salsa in half a hollowed pineapple for a tropical feel!

27. Ceviche



This zesty ceviche combines crunchy veggies, creamy avocado, and marinated fresh fish!

Red snapper, sea bass, or halibut are ideal fish to use for your ceviche. Marinade your fish chunks with diced red onion and lime juice until it’s tender and easily breaks apart.

Combine juicy tomatoes, cilantro, orange juice, and diced avocado. Add jalapenos, too, for a spicy kick of flavor. Drain the lime juice from your fish and mix everything!

28. Healthy Tuna Pate

tuna pate


This healthy tuna pate appetizer is herby, zesty, and creamy. Use crème fraiche instead of more decadent butter or cream cheese to make it healthier for summer!

Mix canned tuna flakes with crème fraiche, green onion, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Lemon juice adds a citrusy taste, and dill and chives add a fresh, herby flavor.

Garnish with chives, sea salt, and black pepper before serving!

29. Mango Habanero Salsa

mango habanero salsa


Sweet mango and spicy habanero are perfectly balanced flavors for this chunky salsa!

Blend small chunks of mini peppers, red onion, and habanero in your food processor. It’s a good idea to remove the seeds from the peppers first! Add the cilantro and briefly pulse until combined.

Mix chunks of juicy, fresh mango with your blended pepper mixture. Stir in lime juice, chili powder, and salt before serving.

30. Pickle De Gallo

pico de gallo


Try this easy, briny version of a traditional Pico de Gallo! Tomatoes are replaced with pickles for a tangy, fresh taste.

Combine diced dill pickles, white onion, and red bell pepper in a bowl. Sprinkle over garlic powder and mix until well combined. You can also add salt to bring out the flavors of the ingredients!

31. Blueberry Goat Cheese

blueberry goat cheese


Four simple ingredients are needed to make this sweet and tangy cheese log!

Combine creamy goat’s cheese with juicy blueberries and fresh thyme. Honey delivers a natural sweetness to your cheese.

Form your cheese into a log shape and chill until it’s set and firm again. Before serving, garnish with whole blueberries, sprigs of thyme, and a drizzle of honey.

32. Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Peppers

everything bagel cream cheese pepeprs


Sweet, crunchy peppers are stuffed with cream cheese and sprinkled with a popular seasoning!

Combine cream cheese, sour cream, and Everything Bagel until smooth and creamy. Spoon your filling into halves of colorful mini peppers. Garnish with extra seasoning before serving!

33. Peach Caprese Salad

peach caprese salad


This healthy summer salad combines fresh fruit, creamy mozzarella, fragrant basil leaves, and juicy tomatoes.

Use slices of fresh tomato as the vessel for your other ingredients. Start by layering pieces of mozzarella on top of each sliced tomato. Add a large basil leaf to each one, too.

Finish with a wedge of juicy nectarine and drizzle with balsamic vinegar right before serving!

34. Vegan Corn Salsa

vegan corn salsa


This colorful corn salsa is perfect for scooping up with crunchy tortilla chips!

Combine sweet yellow corn, diced bell pepper, red onion, and spicy jalapeno. Mix your veggies with cilantro for a herby citrusy taste and lime juice for a zesty kick!

35. Vegan Cucumber Bites

vegan cucumber bites


Crunchy and creamy textures combine perfectly with these easy cucumber bites!

Thick slices of English cucumber act as the vessel for your creamy topping. Combine vegan cream cheese, vegan sour cream, and garlic salt. Add dill and mint for a fresh, herb taste.

Make a small well in the middle of each cucumber slice and spoon on some filling. Add halves of juicy cherry tomatoes for a contrast of color and flavor!

You might also enjoy these other delicious cucumber appetizer recipes!

36. Shrimp Ceviche

shrimp ceviche


This easy shrimp ceviche is colorful and bursting with savory and sweet flavors!

Marinate your shrimp in salt, pepper, lemon, lime, and orange juice to “cook” it. Combine it with chunks of juicy mango, creamy avocado, crunchy bell pepper, red onion, and fresh cilantro!

Serve it with crunchy chips or in crisp lettuce cups.

37. Prosciutto and Melon

prosciutto and melon


This simple yet elegant appetizer pairs salty and sweet flavors with fragrant basil.

Wrap slices of salty prosciutto around wedges of juicy Rockmelon. Arrange your prosciutto and melon on a serving platter and garnish with chopped basil, black pepper, and a drizzle of oil.

38. Fresh Apricots with Goat Cheese and Lavender Honey

apricots with goats cheese and honey


Fresh apricot halves are stuffed with creamy goat’s cheese and finished with a crunchy walnut topping!

Spoon a small amount of creamy goat’s cheese into halves of juicy apricot. Garnish with lemon zest and toasted walnut pieces. Drizzle with lavender-infused honey before serving!

39. Layered Greek Dip

layered Greek dip


This healthy Mediterranean-inspired dip is packed with delicious flavors and satisfying textures!

Spread creamy hummus on the bottom of your serving dish, ready to pile with your other ingredients. Add diced cherry tomatoes and English cucumber for your second layer.

Sprinkle crumbled feta cheese and chopped Kalamata olives on top of your veggies. Garnish with fresh parsley and keep in the fridge until ready to serve!

40. Spicy Peach Salsa

spicy peach salsa


This bright and colorful salsa blends sweet and spicy flavors, ideal for scooping with salty tortilla chips!

Your salsa is effortless to put together. Dice your ingredients and combine them in a serving bowl. Use sweet peaches, spicy jalapenos, juicy tomatoes, crunchy red bell pepper, and red onion.

Toss your salsa with lime juice for a citrusy kick to bring it all together! Garnish with chopped cilantro before serving.

Healthy Appetizers for Summer

Stay happy and healthy during summer with this delicious selection of appetizers!

41. Smoked Salmon Bites

smoked salmon bites


Combine creamy avocado, soft smoked salmon, and crunchy raw onion to make these delicious salmon bites.

Mash your avocado with lemon juice. It stops it from turning brown and adds a slightly zesty flavor. Layer slices of white onion on strips of salmon with the mashed avocado.

Roll up your salmon and secure each bite with a toothpick. Keep them refrigerated until you’re ready to serve!

42. Fruit Salsa

fruit salsa


This Mexican fruit salsa is a tasty combination of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. Make it to your taste preference by using your favorite soft fruit!

Use juicy watermelon to make this particular recipe. Cut it into chunks and combine it with scallion, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, and salt.

This version is best served immediately, so the melon doesn’t make it too watery.

43. Healthy Sweet Potato Skins

healthy sweet potato skins


Crispy potato skins are filled with soft sweet potato and creamy black beans. They make a delicious, satisfying appetizer!

Roast your sweet potatoes before cutting them and scooping out the flesh. Brush the skins with olive oil and salt, then bake them for another ten minutes to crisp up.

Mix your sweet potato with black beans, juicy tomatoes, and sour cream. Add jalapenos for a kick of spicy flavor. Spoon it back into the skins and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

Bake your skins until the cheese is gooey and melted, then top with sour cream and garnish with green onions!

44. Corn Zucchini Fritters

corn zucchini fritters


Combine fresh corn and zucchini for these crispy fritters. They’re healthy, light, and taste like summer!

Chia seeds act as the binding ingredient for your corn zucchini fritters. They need to be mixed with water to soften and “gel.”

Combine shredded zucchini, sweet corn, scallions, cilantro, and minced garlic. Mix these with your chia “egg,” cornmeal, and baking powder. Season your batter with salt and black pepper.

Fry your fritter batter in batches until golden brown and crispy!

If you have lots of zucchini in your garden, you’ll enjoy these other easy zucchini appetizers!

45. Chipotle Corn Salsa

chipotle corn salsa


Sweet roasted corn perfectly pairs with smoky chipotle peppers in this delicious Mexican-inspired salsa.

Roast your corn kernels in a skillet until they have a golden pop of color. Once it’s cooled, combine it with diced red onions, scallions, parsley, and olive oil.

Chipotles in adobo provide a tasty smokiness to your salsa. Lime juice adds a bright, zesty flavor. Use salt and black pepper to elevate the flavors!

46. Avocado Herb Green Goddess Dip

avocado herb dip


Make this vibrant green goddess dip with, you guessed it, green ingredients! Think creamy avocado, crunchy cucumber, and fresh green herbs.

Blend avocado, green onions, cucumber, dill, basil, cilantro, and spinach. Chopped shallot and garlic add extra flavor.

Combine your green purée with Greek yogurt and cream cheese to produce a smooth, creamy texture. Lemon juice adds a hint of zesty flavor.

Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with cracked black pepper!

47. Spicy Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

vegan cauliflower bites


These vegan cauliflower wings are an excellent alternative to regular chicken wings. They’re crispy, spicy, and delicious!

Use soy milk and chickpea flour for your batter and mix in BBQ seasoning for flavor. Add in your cauliflower florets and mix until they’re well coated. Cook them until they’re golden and crunchy.

Brush your cauliflower wings with Frank’s buffalo sauce and serve with cooling ranch dressing for dipping!

48. Caprese Skewers

caprese skewers


These simple Caprese skewers feature the traditional flavors of a Caprese salad. There’s no balsamic vinegar here – only olive oil!

Thread your ingredients onto skewers in the order of the recipe. Include grape tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and creamy mozzarella.

Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt before serving!

49. Fresh Blueberry Salsa

blueberry salsa


Juicy blueberries are paired with flavorsome savory ingredients for this sweet fruity salsa.

Mix whole blueberries with chopped red apple, red pepper, and jalapeno. This adds a hint of spice to the sweetness. Stir in cilantro, applesauce, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and sugar.

Pulse your ingredients in the food processor once or twice until they’re just chopped. Stir in whole blueberries and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving to meld the flavors!

50. Chicken Zucchini Meatballs

chicken zucchini meatballs


This recipe is like a combination of chicken meatballs and zucchini fritters!

Using zucchini in your chicken meatballs helps to keep them moist and juicy. Finely chopped onion adds texture and flavor.

Dried oregano, fresh parsley, and ground cumin work together to elevate the flavor of your meatballs. Serve them with your favorite sauce for dipping!

51. Spicy Edamame with Garlic

spicy edamame


This effortless appetizer is salty, sweet, spicy, and delicious!

Combine oyster sauce, chili oil, and soy sauce to flavor your edamame. Sauté minced garlic and shallots, then add your sauce to the skillet. Toss your edamame in the sauce and serve warm!

52. Melon and Prosciutto Skewers with Greens

melon and proscuitto skewers


Combine sweet melon with salty prosciutto to make these delicious, refreshing skewers!

Cantaloupe or watermelon works well for these skewers. Remove the seeds from the melon and cut into squares. Thread each piece of melon onto a skewer with a slice of prosciutto.

Mix your choice of greens with a bit of olive oil before adding to the top of your skewers. Basil leaves are a good choice for this recipe!

53. Watermelon Beet Salad

watermelon beet salad


This bright, eye-catching salad is refreshing with sweet and savory flavors. It’s brought together with a delicious creamy lemon dressing!

Combine chunks of juicy watermelon, slices of red beet, and crumbled Manchego cheese. Toast your walnuts to help them stay crunchy for longer.

Add in your choice of fresh greens, too. Spinach works well!

Mix Greek yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard to make your dressing. Add honey for natural sweetness and to balance the tangy lemon and yogurt.

Toss it with your salad right before serving!

54. Mozzarella Melon Prosciutto Skewers

mozzarella melon skewers


This easy skewer appetizer combines creamy, fruity, and salty elements. They’re drizzled with a tasty balsamic glaze.

Prepare your sweet element using a melon baller to scoop pieces from your juicy melons. Cantaloupe and honeydew work well for this recipe. They also present eye-catching colors!

Thread your melon onto skewers with mini balls of creamy mozzarella, slices of prosciutto, and fresh basil leaves. Drizzle with a balsamic glaze immediately before serving!

55. Black Bean Mango Salsa

black bean melon salsa


Sweet mango and creamy black beans are the primary flavors of this delicious salsa. They’re perfectly balanced with tangy lime juice and spicy jalapenos.

Add black beans, diced mango, red onion, jalapeno, and cilantro in a serving bowl.

Add freshly squeezed lime juice, sea salt, and black pepper and stir until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve!

56. Grilled Corn Salad

grilled corn salad


This vibrant grilled corn salad is perfect for summer with its eye-catching colors! It’s made with light, fresh ingredients to keep it healthier.

Toast your corn until it has a light, golden color. Mix it with juicy grape tomatoes, diced English cucumber, and chopped fresh herbs. Add minced jalapeno for a spicy kick.

Make a sweet and tangy dressing with olive oil, honey, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Add diced red onion for a little crunch, too. Toss it with your salad and creamy avocado just before serving!

57. Frozen Pea Guacamole

frozen pea guacamole


Frozen pea guacamole is a lighter version of avocado guacamole. It’s sweet, refreshing, and perfect for summer.

Blend frozen peas in a food processor until they’re smooth. Add lime juice for a zesty kick. Stir in diced red onion, tomato, and cilantro. Jalapeno adds spice to your “mockamole!”.

58. Roasted Eggplant Dip with Feta Cheese

roasted eggplant dip with feta cheese


Roasted veggies blend with salty feta cheese, olive oil, and lemon juice to make this tasty version of a classic Mediterranean dip.

Ideal veggies to go with your eggplant are red bell pepper, tomato, and onion. Roast them with olive oil until they’re soft and tender.

Blend the roasted veggie flesh with roasted garlic, feta, lemon juice, and olive oil. Season your dip with salt and pepper, and garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

59. Grilled Shrimp

grilled shrimp


These shrimp are soaked in a simple marinade before grilling. This gives them a delicious flavor and helps achieve beautiful char lines!

Old Bay is the perfect seasoning to use for shrimp. Add lemon juice for acidity and sugar to help the shrimp caramelize!

Toss your grilled shrimp in a bowl with butter, minced garlic, and parsley for an extra pop of flavor.

60. Vietnamese Shrimp Salad Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Vietnamese shrimp salad rolls


These Vietnamese rolls are full of delicious textures and flavors in every mouthful. The creamy peanut sauce makes each bite even better!

Season your shrimp with garlic powder, paprika, soy sauce, and fish sauce before cooking until slightly charred.

Ideal veggies for your salad rolls are thinly sliced carrots, red bell peppers, and cucumber. Use butter lettuce leaves, too.

Layer your veggies on your rice paper sheets with the shrimp on top, then roll carefully. Basil and mint add a complementing herb taste. Serve with homemade peanut sauce for dipping!

61. Summer Charcuterie Board

summer charcuterie board


Fill your summer charcuterie board with colorful fruits and veggies, slices of deli meat, crunchy crackers, nuts, and creamy cheese. It’s so versatile – use whatever you have to hand!

Fill small bowls or dishes with smaller ingredients and add these to your board first. Some good options are blueberries, blackberries, grapes, snow peas, almonds, and juicy cherry tomatoes.

Serve spreadable elements or dips in small dishes too. Think creamy hummus, cream cheese, sour cream, and basil pesto.

Place more prominent ingredients around your bowls.

Think wedges of juicy watermelon and pineapple, slices of salami, crunchy veg sticks, and crackers. Use a variety of cheese – Gouda and Pepperjack are perfect!