10 healthy appetizers

Serve your guests these low-fat hors d'oeuvres for appetizers without regrets

A low-fat appetizer of Endive Spears with White Bean Radicchio Salad.

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Endive Spears with White Bean Radicchio Salad

All three main ingredients are low in fat and high in fiber.

Recipe:  Endive Spears with White Bean Radicchio Salad

A low-fat appetizer of Red Pepper and Walnut Dip.

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Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

Red peppers lend a velvety texture, letting you "spend" your fat calories on heart-healthy nuts and a modest amount of oil.

Recipe:  Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

A low-fat appetizer of Smoky Salmon Chive Spread.

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Smoky Salmon Chive Spread

Greek yogurt evokes the silkiness of mayo but without the fat; salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids. Both are rich in protein and calcium.

Recipe:  Smoky Salmon Chive Spread

An appetizer of Quick Indian Pickles.

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Quick Indian Pickles

Especially low in calories, they whet your appetite for the meal to come.

Recipe:  Quick Indian Pickles

An appetizer of Brussels Sprout and Prosciutto Skewers.

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Brussels Sprout and Prosciutto Skewers

Brussels sprouts are a good source of fiber and vitamin K. Prosciutto provides the smoky flavor of bacon with a lot less fat.

Recipe:  Brussels Sprout and Prosciutto Skewers

Creamy Spinach and Parmesan Dip

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Creamy Spinach and Parmesan Dip

Just whirl together cooked spinach, cottage cheese, and a few seasonings for this 5-ingredient dip.

Recipe: Creamy Spinach and Parmesan Dip

Veggie Sticks with Avocado-Lime Dip

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Veggie Sticks with Avocado-Lime Dip

This lightened version of chips and guac will impress your party guests.

Recipes: Veggie Sticks with Avocado-Lime Dip

Avocado and Salmon Bruschetta

Avocado and Salmon Bruschetta

Smoked salmon, creamy avocado, and pesto pair perfectly with crisp and nutty multigrain bread in this party bite.

Recipe:  Avocado and Salmon Bruschetta

DIY Chicken Papaya Spring Rolls

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DIY Chicken Papaya Spring Rolls

Spring rolls can be labor intensive if you need to make a bunch. That's why we suggest setting out all the ingredients and letting guests make their own. If you're not a fan of papaya, you can easily substitute mango.

Recipe: DIY Chicken Papaya Spring Rolls

Shrimp Cups

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Mediterranean Shrimp Salad in Cucumber Cups

Short on time? Whip up this crowd-pleasing appetizer in just 25 minutes. Shrimp with lemon, parsley, and garlic echoes classic shrimp scampi, but here it's a cooling salad.

Recipe: Mediterranean Shrimp Salad in Cucumber Cups

 

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