25 Summer Appetizers (Fresh & Fabulous)

Get ready to entertain with these fabulous and seasonal summer appetizers! I have selected light, fresh dishes, and perfect for any summer gathering. From ceviche to bruschetta, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.


Best summer appetizers
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I love summer entertaining, especially if I get to use seasonal produce to prepare delicious food for friends and family. I am also a big fan of appetizers (making and eating them), so I was quite excited to put together this collection. I wanted to share a few quintessential summer appetizer recipes and I chose these dishes because they highlight the best flavours of summer—fresh, light, and bursting with seasonal ingredients. Whether you’re looking for something creamy, like the whipped feta with roasted tomatoes and garlic, or something with a bit of a kick, like the egg and lettuce cups with spicy mayo, there’s a recipe here that’s sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

Must-Try Summer Appetizers

These appetizers are perfect for enjoying the warm weather, easy to make, and full of vibrant colours and flavours. From the refreshing watermelon canapés to the bacon-wrapped scallops with lime and maple glaze, these dishes will make your summer parties unforgettable. I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do and find them as delightful and easy to prepare as I did.


Whipped Feta with Roasted Tomatoes And Garlic

Whipped Feta with Roasted Tomatoes And Garlic
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This whipped feta with roasted tomatoes and garlic is a flavour explosion! Creamy, tangy feta whipped to perfection, topped with sweet roasted tomatoes and a hint of garlic. It’s perfect for dipping, spreading, or just eating by the spoonful.

Cloud Bread Blinis with Smoked Salmon

Cloud Bread Blinis with Smoked Salmon
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Light as a cloud, these gluten-free blinis are topped with silky smoked salmon. It’s one of my favourite summer appetizers to make that won’t weigh you down.

Fish Ceviche With Pineapple And Yam Chips

Fish Ceviche With Pineapple And Yam Chips
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Fresh fish and sweet pineapple make this ceviche a refreshing summer treat. I often serve it with crispy yam chips for the perfect crunch.

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
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This simple yet fancy prosciutto-wrapped asparagus recipe is my go-to appetizer! The salty prosciutto crisps up perfectly around tender asparagus spears, making it gluten-free and keto-friendly. Plus, it looks like you spent way more time on it than you did!


Mexican Salad With Black Beans, Corn, And Avocado

Mexican Salad With Black Beans, Corn & Avocado
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This vibrant Mexican salad is packed with crunchy veggies, black beans, and a zesty lime dressing that’ll make your taste buds dance. It’s gluten-free and vegan, and the perfect appetizer for your next summer gathering.

Egg And Lettuce Cups with Spicy Mayo

Egg And Lettuce Cups with Spicy Mayo
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Light and refreshing, these egg and lettuce cups with a kick of spicy mayo are one of my favourite healthy summer snacks.

Avocado Strawberry Mango Salsa

Avocado Strawberry Mango Salsa
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This refreshing avocado strawberry mango salsa is like a party in your mouth! It’s a combination of creamy avocado, sweet strawberries, and mango for a unique twist. Great for gluten-free and vegan diets, it’s a must-try for your next BBQ! Recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

Peach Bruschetta

Peach Bruschetta
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Another sweet and savoury summer treat is this peachy bruschetta. Just top toasted bread with juicy peaches, creamy cheese, and a drizzle of honey. Recipe from How Sweet Eats.

Cream Cheese With Chives And Capers

Cream Cheese With Chives And Capers
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This cream cheese is creamy, tangy, and packed with fresh chives and capers, perfect for spreading on crackers or bagels or as a dip for radishes, carrots, and celery. You can’t go wrong with this low-carb snack.

Grilled Shrimp With Alabama White Sauce

Grilled Shrimp With Alabama White Sauce
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Grilled shrimp get a zesty makeover with tangy Alabama white sauce, a perfect blend of creamy and spicy. I usually drizzle the sauce but you can also have it on the side.

Burrata Bruschetta

Burrata Bruschetta
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I love this creamy burrata on toasted bread topped with juicy tomatoes and fresh basil. This bruschetta is surely a summer delight. Recipe from Maple + Mango.

Watermelon Canapés

Watermelon Canapés
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One of my favourite refreshing treats is this watermelon with a paper-thin slice of cucumber and mint for a light, summery bite that’s both sweet and savoury. Top it with a blueberry for extra flavour. Recipe from Preppy Kitchen.

Sardine Pate

Sardine Pate
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This sardine pate is tasty, smooth, and packed with umami, making it a great spread for crackers or toast. I typically enjoy it with cut-up vegetables also known as crudites.

Zucchini Slice

Zucchini Slice
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This healthy zucchini slice is my go-to summer snack when I want something light and tasty. Loaded with fresh zucchini and herbs, it’s both gluten-free and deliciously satisfying. Perfect for a quick bite on a hot day.

Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp Ceviche
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Looking for a refreshing and tangy appetizer? This ceviche is made from fresh shrimp marinated in citrus juices with crunchy veggies. It’s a must-have at a summer gathering. Recipe from Carlsbad Cravings.

Two-Tone Curry Deviled Eggs

Two-Tone Curry Deviled Eggs
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These two-tone deviled eggs are a colourful and flavourful twist on the classic mustard filling, adding a hint of curry. Recipe from She Keeps A Lovely Home.

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
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An easy snack I whip up are these bite-sized cherry tomatoes stuffed with a creamy, savoury filling, perfect for popping in your mouth at summer parties. Recipe from Beyond The Chicken Coop.

Caprese Skewers

Caprese Skewers
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Add a twist to the classic caprese salad by putting it on a skewer. It’s easy to eat, and perfect for summer gatherings. Recipe from Downshiftology.

Stuffed Mini Peppers

Stuffed Mini Peppers
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Check out these mini bell peppers stuffed with a creamy, cheesy filling. If you want a colourful and tasty summer appetizer, you can’t go wrong with these! Recipe from Wholesome Yum.

Pineapple Watermelon Salsa

Pineapple Watermelon Salsa
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This pineapple watermelon salsa is a sweet and refreshing mix of these summer fruits. That’s why I love making it during hot summer days. Recipe from Cotter Crunch.

Prosciutto Melon Skewers And Mozzarella Skewers With Balsamic Glaze

Prosciutto Melon Skewers And Mozzarella Skewers With Balsamic Glaze
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Sweet melon and salty prosciutto with mozzarella on a skewer is a simple yet elegant appetizer. Drizzle it with balsamic glaze, and you’ve got a great appetizer for your summer party. Recipe from Aleka’s Get-Together.

Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Pinwheels

Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Pinwheels
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These sun-dried tomato and basil pinwheels are a breeze to make and a joy to eat! They’re perfect for summer parties, combining the tangy sweetness of sun-dried tomatoes with fresh basil and creamy cheese. Plus, they’re vegan! Recipe from Minimalist Baker.

Mexican Street Corn Dip

Mexican Street Corn Dip
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This Mexican street corn dip is like summer in a bowl! Packed with sweet corn, zesty lime, and a sprinkle of cheese, it’s a crowd-pleaser that’s perfect for scooping with chips. Trust me, you won’t be able to stop at just one dip. Recipe from Half-Baked Harvest.

Burrata with Balsamic Strawberries And Basil

Burrata with Balsamic Strawberries And Basil
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Creamy burrata meets sweet balsamic strawberries and fresh basil in this heavenly appetizer. It’s the perfect balance of creamy, sweet, and tangy, making it a must-try for summer parties. Recipe from The Original Dish.

Summer Charcuterie Board

Summer Charcuterie Board
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This summer charcuterie board is a feast for the eyes and the taste buds! Packed with a variety of cheeses, meats, fresh fruits, and crunchy snacks, it’s perfect for any gathering. The best part? No cooking required! Just arrange and enjoy. Recipe from Sweet Tea + Thyme.


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Irena Macri
By Irena Macri

About the author: Hi, I’m Irena Macri. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I am a published cookbook author, have been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food. More about me here | Subscribe to my newsletter and freebies

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