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
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 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 appetizers to make. Good thing you’ll have all summer long to cook your way through this tasty list. All of the recipes are the perfect kickoff to your summer cookout, family BBQ, or just a relaxing night in the backyard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE BEST SUMMER APPETIZERS TO SNACK ON ALL SEASON LONG
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
19. WATERMELON CUPS
Keep the appetizers super refreshing with these mini watermelon cups. The bite-sized pieces of fruit are topped with cucumber, red onions, and fresh herbs for a super satisfying bite.
20. JALAPEÑO POPPERS
If spicy food is your thing, then you are going to want to whip up a batch of these jalapeño poppers.
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.
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.
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.
24. HEIRLOOM TOMATO GALETTE WITH PECORINO
Show off your beautiful heirloom tomatoes with this gallate stuffed with pecorino cheese. It will almost be too pretty to cut into.