Planning a healthy dinner or party menu is a breeze with this roundup of the best healthy appetizers. They are absolutely delicious and perfect for any event!

Mini Cucumber bites on a plate in the background with a transparent circle in the middle with the title of the post

Whoever invented appetizers was a genius. Seriously, they thought, what better way to eat than to pre-game our food with more food. Appetizers are absolutely delicious and they provide the opportunity to try a little bit of a bunch of different recipes.

Appetizers are so amazing that they can be a meal too…if you eat enough of them! Sometimes we have friends over and we do a small bite night where we plan to just eat appetizers.

The big thing about appetizers that we have to talk about is that they can add up and before you’ve finished your plate, you’ve had a day’s worth of calories. Given we all at least go to a handful of holiday parties, we thought it would be a great idea to round up some of the best healthy appetizers. They add veggies and fruits and protein. Some are gluten-free and/or vegan appetizers. Some are just healthier versions of the old stand-bys.

They are delicious and healthier for you—and you are absolutely going to love them. Add a few of these recipes to your Christmas Party or New Year’s Eve Party menu. You will not regret it!

Here are our Best Healthy Appetizers:

One of the best healthy appetizers, a cast iron skillet with chili dip layered with tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, and cilantro

Skinny Chili Dip

A white round plate with mini chicken skewers piled high with a small ramekin of dipping sauce to the right and garnished with cilantro.

Mini Chicken Satay Skewers with Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce

A blue bowl on a dark brown background filled with cauliflower hummus.

Creamy Cauliflower Hummus

Mini Cucumber Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites with Lemon Dill Cream Cheese garnished with dill on top of a white plate

Mini Cucumber Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites with Lemon Dill Cream Cheese

Crispy Bang Bang Cauliflower Bites are piled high on top of a plate lined with parchment paper with bang bang sauce drizzled on top of the cauliflower bites

Skinny Bang Bang Cauliflower

A close up of a plate of crispy coconut shrimp with mango dipping sauce on the side.

Baked Coconut Shrimp with Mango Sauce

Cranberry meatballs in a serving bowl with cocktail forks in them. Perfect for your healthy appetizers menu!

Cranberry Meatballs

A plate of garlic butter baked shrimp with dip on the side for one of the best healthy appetizers for the holidays.

Garlic Butter Baked Shrimp

Fresh spring rolls piled on a plate around a bowl of dipping sauce like a wreath. They are perfect healthy appetizers for the holidays.

Fresh Spring Rolls with a Tahini Dipping Sauce

Looking down on a black bowl filled with pesto hummus with some pine nuts on the top. It's one of the best healthy appetizers!

Pesto Hummus with Homemade Pita Chips

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