There is something about the summer that always makes the food taste so good. Maybe it’s the weather, the fresh produce, or both. Gather your family and friends this summer and treat yourself to that amazing food with the best summer appetizers.

Best Summer Appetizers To Enjoy

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Forget saving room for the main course. These summer appetizers will so be addicting that you easily could make a meal out of them. From easy dips and sliders to skewers and wings, you really can’t go wrong with any of them.

It will be challenging to choose which one of these easy appetizers to make. Good thing you’ll have all summer long to cook your way through this tasty list. All of these easy recipes are the perfect kickoff to your summer cookout, family BBQ, or just a relaxing night in the backyard.

Recipes For The Best Summer Appetizers

1. 7-Layer Dip

Each bite of this 7-layer dip is better than the next. With each layer providing a burst of flavor, it is basically a requirement to go back for seconds as each bite will provide something new.

7 layer bean dip served in a casserole dish topped with guacamole tomatoes cheese green onions and black sliced olives
7-Layer Dip
7-Layer Dip is a party favorite with a Tex-Mex flair! A creamy bean dip base is topped with guacamole, sour cream, cheese, and taco fixings. 
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2. Chipotle Guacamole

Keep your summer appetizers simple and serve up a big bowl of this guacamole. The fan-favorite dip only requires six ingredients and can be ready in less than 15 minutes.

Chipotle Guacamole Recipe
Chipotle guacamole is made with six simple ingredients. Ripe Hass avocados, lime juice, cilantro, red onion, jalapeño, and salt. Ready in less than 15 minutes!
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3. Avocado Dip

You might think avocado dip would be just like guacamole, but it is something entirely different. This dip is made with avocado, greek yogurt, and ranch to provide a refreshing twist on a favorite ingredient.

Avocado Dip
Avocado Dip made with only 3-ingredients – avocados, greek yogurt, and ranch!  This easy dip recipe will be one of your go-to party appetizers in no-time! 
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4. Rustic Summer Bruschetta

Is there anything better than a fresh tomato in the summer? Show off the produce at its peak and slice them up into a bruschetta to experience the produce at its finest.

Rustic Summer Bruschetta
My Rustic Summer Bruschetta is the ultimate summer appetizer- it’s simple, rustic and always a crowd pleaser!
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5. Queso Dip

It won’t take long for cheese lovers to fall in love with this queso dip. The super creamy dip is a must-have for any summer spread.

Queso Dip
Queso dip is the ultimate appetizer for cheese lovers everywhere! Infused with Tex-Mex flavors, this homemade queso dip is easy to make and perfect for a party.
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6. Mini Crab Cakes

Crab cakes and summertime are a pairing that just goes hand in hand. Top these mini crab cakes with a light tartar sauce for the ultimate bite.

Mini Crab Cakes
Mini Crab Cakes make the perfect holiday appetizer! All the flavors of the delicious crab cakes you love in a delicious bite-sized appetizer that’s party-friendly and sure to be a favorite. These crab cakes are
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7. Black Bean and Corn Salsa

You won’t ever go back to eating regular salsa after you taste this black bean and corn salsa. The replacement is so good that you’ll be eating it way past the summer months.

Overhead shot of Black Bean and Corn Salsa in bowl with tortilla chips.
Black Bean and Corn Salsa
Corn and Black Bean Salsa takes your typical salsa-and-chips appetizer to the next level. Instead of a sad, watery tomato-based salsa, this recipe is made with black beans, corn, and fresh vegetables, all tossed together with zesty lime juice. Perfect for picnics, backyard barbecues, or even school lunches!
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8. Caprese Skewers

Love fresh tomatoes? How about mozzarella? Basil too? Then you will absolutely love these Caprese skewers. The skewers make the summer salad super easy to eat.

Caprese Skewers
Fresh and easy, Caprese skewers are a great summer appetizer with mozzarella, tomato, and basil. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
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9. Instant Pot Hot Wings

Looking for an appetizer that the whole crowd will love? Look no further than these Instant Pot hot wings. Not only will they taste delicious, but they will also be a breeze to make in your Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Hot Wings
These Instant Pot Hot Wings are a crazy simple way to make your wings in a jiffy. They're tasty and so simple to cook up!
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10. Burrata with Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes might take the prize when it comes to the best summer produce. Celebrate the tomatoes in all of their glory with this burrata and heirloom tomato salad.

Burrata with Heirloom Tomatoes
This burrata recipe is the best summer appetizer! With fresh tomatoes, peaches, and a lemon-thyme oil, it’s fresh, delicious, and easy to make.
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11. Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a blanket always make every occasion better. Seriously, what is not to like about a mini hotdog wrapped in a buttery crescent roll? These pigs in a blanket even get a little upgrade by adding everything season right onto the bun.

pigs in a blanket
Pigs in a Blanket
Pigs in a Blanket is a classic party appetizer that pairs buttery crescent roll dough with little smokies sausages. I give mine a flavorful twist by adding everything bagel seasoning!
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12. Blistered Shishito Peppers

Add a veggie to the appetizer spread and cook up some shishito peppers to add to the mix. Just watch out for the spicy one!

Blistered Shishito Peppers
Learn how to make blistered shishito peppers in a skillet! You’ll just need shishitos, olive oil, and this simple recipe. Appetizers don’t get any easier.
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13. Crab Rangoon Dip

You are probably going to want to double or even triple this crab rangoon dip — it’s that tasty. The creamy and cheesy riff on your favorite Chinese appetizer will easily be a mega crowd-pleaser.

Crab Rangoon Dip
This Crab Rangoon Dip is the party-sized version of everyone’s favorite Chinese restaurant appetizer! If you’re looking for an instant hit for a holiday get-together, this is it!
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14. Texas Caviar

Move over, caviar! Texas caviar is here to take your place. The simple salad is so good that you’ll want to add it to everything on your plate.

Texas Caviar
Texas Caviar
Texas Caviar is the perfect dish for a gathering that is quick and budget friendly!
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15. Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

Show off your skills on the grill and impress your guest with these grilled shrimp kabobs. Good luck eating just one!

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs
These GRILLED SHRIMP KABOBS are juicy shrimp marinated in cumin, Italian seasoning, lemon, garlic, pepper flakes, and fresh herbs then threaded along with..
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16. Buffalo Chicken Sliders

If you love wings and buffalo sauce, you will fall in love with these buffalo sliders. The mini sliders are the perfect appetizer to munch on while you are soaking up the sun.

Buffalo Chicken Sliders
These Buffalo Chicken Sliders are a hit for game day or any day of the week! They're spicy, cheesy, and perfect served on sweet Hawaiian rolls.
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17. Fried Pickles

Love pickles? How about fried food? Then you will love fried pickles. New to fried pickles? Get ready to have a party in your mouth. The bite-sized treats are both crunchy and tangy all at the same time. Good luck eating just one, as they are super addicting!

Fried Pickles Recipe
Fried Pickles Recipe
With a bit of spice and crunch these Fried Pickles are totally satisfying. Serve them at your next party and watch them disappear!
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18. Buffalo Chicken Nachos

You’ll never want to go back to eating plain nachos after you treat yourself to these buffalo chicken nachos. It’s a good thing the recipe is simple to put together, as it will be one you will want to enjoy all summer long.

Buffalo Chicken Nachos
Buffalo Chicken Nachos
If you’re looking for a quick and easy appetizer recipe, this Buffalo Chicken Nachos recipe is it!
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19. Watermelon Salad With Feta and Arugula

Keep the appetizers super refreshing with a watermelon salad. The bite-sized pieces of fruit are surrounded with feta and arugula to make for a super satisfying bite.

Best Watermelon Salad With Feta With Feta and Arugula
Best Watermelon Salad With Feta With Feta and Arugula
The best watermelon salad with feta and arugula. This summer salad is so simple, yet very refreshing and full of flavor! Ready in 10 minutes.
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20. Jalapeño Poppers

If spicy food is your thing, then you are going to want to whip up a batch of these jalapeño poppers.

Jalapeño Poppers
Jalapeño poppers are a favorite restaurant appetizer, but I think they’re even better when you make them at home.
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21. Antipasto Kabobs

With these antipasto kabobs, you don’t have to worry about running out of room on your plate. The kabobs keep everything nice and organized and somehow make the flavorful combinations taste even better.

Easy Antipasto Kebobs
Easy Antipasto Kebobs
These easy Italian antipasto kebobs take minutes to make and can be easily customized. They’re the perfect party appetizer!
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The Best Summer Appetizers That Are Easy To Make

22. Easy 7-Layer Greek Dip

You can’t go wrong by adding this 7-layer Greek dip to your appetizer spread. It’s basically like a deconstructed Greek salad.

Easy 7-Layer Greek Dip
7-Layer Greek Dip – This healthy 7-Layer Greek Dip is so delicious you’ll want to eat it with a spoon!
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23. Zucchini & Cheese Roulades

Impress your tastebuds with these zucchini and cheese roulades. The best part about this appetizer is its flexibility. Fill it with cheese or switch it up and add sun-dried tomatoes. Either way, it will be delicious.

Zucchini & Cheese Roulades
My husband enjoys this recipe so much that he even helps me roll up the roulades! You can change the filling any way you like—I have used feta instead of Parmesan, or sun-dried tomatoes in the place of the olives. —April McKinney, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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24. Heirloom Tomato Galette

Turn on your oven this summer to make this heirloom galette. The beautiful pie crust is stuffed with heirloom tomatoes, pesto, and shallots. It will almost be too pretty to eat.

Heirloom Tomato Galette
Heirloom Tomato Galette
This Heirloom Tomato Galette is delicious and deceptively easy to make with refrigerated pie dough, summer tomatoes, shallots and pesto.
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25. Summer Cobb Salad

Summer is all about using fresh produce, and this summer cobb salad shows that all off in the best way. The salad is loaded with veggies, fruits, and cheese, and topped with chicken for a summertime classic bite.

Summer Cobb Salad
Topped with eggs, blue cheese, raspberries, blackberries, avocado, roasted almonds and chicken, this Summer Cobb Salad packs a wholesome punch
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26. Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls

Take your Philly cheesesteaks on the go this summer and wrap them up into a bite-sized egg roll. The little egg roll bites pack all the flavors of a giant Philly cheesesteak into a super crispy egg roll shell. It will be the perfect start to your summer barbeque.

Philly cheesesteak egg rolls on a plate.
Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls
These Philly cheesesteak egg rolls have all the delicious flavor of a Philly cheese steak sandwich but wrapped up in a crispy shell.
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27. Olive Oil Bread Dip

The only thing better than a good piece of fresh bread is having the perfect dip to accompany it. This olive oil bread dip will instantly elevate your bread. It is packed with herbs and spices that will send your tastebuds into a new realm.

A piece of bread being dipped into olive oil bread dip.
Olive Oil Bread Dip
This olive oil bread dip is packed with so many tasty herbs and spices that one bite will make you feel like you are in a fancy Italian restaurant. You can also make this bread dip in under 5 minutes. It’s pretty amazing! 
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28. Sweet and Creamy Corn Soup

Soup in the summer may seem like a strange choice. However, one bite of this sweet and creamy corn soup will make any doubts about the soup go away. The fresh, sweet corn makes this the perfect start to any summer meal.

Sweet and Creamy Corn Soup
Sweet and Creamy Corn Soup
This refreshing corn soup recipe can be made at any time of year using fresh or frozen kernels.
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29. Buffalo Chicken Pizza

If you love buffalo chicken and have a soft spot for pizza, you’ll want to add this buffalo chicken pizza to your summer appetizer list. The food mashup combines the best of both worlds all into one bite. It even has bleu cheese and ranch, so you can take on the heat.

Buffalo chicken pizza.
Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Anyone who loves spicy chicken wings will go crazy for this buffalo chicken pizza. Made with ranch dressing, blue cheese, and plenty of hot sauce, it is totally irresistible!
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30. Cucumber Tomato Salad

If you are growing tomatoes and cucumbers in your summer garden, you must make this cucumber tomato salad. The salad is super simple but packs a punch of flavor. Use the veggies at their peak freshness to create the ultimate summer app.

A bowl of cucumber and tomato salad.
Cucumber Tomato Salad
Crunchy, fresh Cucumber Tomato Salad is always a hit! It takes just minutes to toss together, and the dressing is made in the same bowl you'll use for the salad, saving even more on time and clean-up!
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31. Broccoli Salad

Turn broccoli into a bite that everyone will want to have with this broccoli salad. The super crunchy salad is a great way to add some veggies to the plate. The creamy dressing does a good job hiding all of the veggies, so even your pickiest eater will want to gobble this salad up.

broccoli salad with dressing, cheese, and bacon bits in a white bowl.
Broccoli Salad
This Broccoli Salad recipe is an amazing addition to your summer salad menu! Raw, crunchy broccoli, lots of salty bacon and cheddar cheese, and a creamy dressing will make this one a family favorite!
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32. Taco Pinwheels

Tacos are always a great idea. However, they can get a little bit messy, especially when it comes to appetizer food. Change that up with these taco pinwheels. They have everything you love about a taco, all in one handy bite.

Taco pinwheels.
Taco Pinwheels
Taco pinwheels are the perfect party starter, but they’re just as delicious for a weeknight dinner! Seasoned ground beef and cheese are rolled up into fluffy crescent roll dough, and finished with all your favorite taco toppings.
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33. Refried Bean Dip

You might as well double this refried bean dip recipe, as it will be flying off the plate. This summer appetizer dip is great to serve to get the party started. The creaminess of the dip comes from mixing the beans with sour cream and cream cheese.

Refried bean dip with chips sticking out.
Refried Bean Dip
This easy creamy Refried Bean Dip is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser! Made with refried beans, sour cream, cream cheese, and Tex-Mex spices, it’s served warm from the oven with melted cheddar on top.
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34. Whipped Feta Dip

There is always an appetizer that is great, no matter the occasion. Enter the whipped feta dip. This dip is perfect to set out with chips, chopped-up veggies, toasted bread, or crackers. It is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

A bowl of whipped feta dip with pita chips.
Whipped Feta Cheese Dip
This creamy whipped feta cheese dip is ready in just 5 minutes in a blender or food processor! It's the perfect appetizer dip recipe served with fresh veggies and pita chips for any party!
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35. Antipasto Squares

These antipasto squares are here to solve the issue of having too much on your plate at a party. They neatly keep everything in one bite, allowing you to eat them on the go while you enjoy the summer weather.

Antipasto Squares
These Antipasto Squares are a flavorful appetizer recipe made with crescent roll dough! With cheese, ham, salami, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, and peperoncini, each bite is full of savory flavor.
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36. Sheet Pan Nachos

Nachos are always a good idea. An even better idea, however, is sheet pan nachos. The simple preparation of the nachos makes them a must-have the next time you are serving up summer apps. Pile everything on high on a sheet pan and let the cheese go to work. They couldn’t be easier to make.

Sheet Pan Nachos
Sheet pan nachos are going to be your new favorite dinner! No one can resist loaded nachos piled high with seasoned ground beef, cheese, sour cream, and toppings.
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37. Corn Salad

Corn is easily in the top three vegetables when it comes to summer produce. Show off corn in all its glory this summer and whip up a corn salad to show off the summer produce star. This corn salad gets mixed with cucumbers, onions, avocado, tomato, feta, and fresh herbs for the ultimate summer bite.

Corn Salad
This corn salad is the perfect summer side dish! Fresh corn is tossed with cherry tomatoes, crunchy cucumber, onions, avocado, tangy feta, and fresh herbs, all in a sweet-and-tangy red wine vinaigrette.
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