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26 Summer Appetizers Your Party Guests Will Love

Cool and refreshing, featuring lots of seasonal bounty, these easy and delicious appetizers will go fast at summer parties

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California Salad Spears

These single-serving salads are guaranteed to make an Insta-worthy statement at your summer party. Recipe: California Salad Spears
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Zucchini Ribbon Rolls

An addictive, low-carb appetizer that gets a savory hit from the olive tapenade and parmesan. Recipe: Zucchini Ribbon Rolls
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Cucumber Caprese Bites

Swap cucumber for the classic tomato and you've got a fun new twist on caprese, a summer favorite. Recipe: Cucumber Caprese Bites
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Salsa Verde Cherry Tomatoes

Stuff medium-sized cherry tomatoes with this delicious Italian-flavored filling and you've got an instant party hit. Recipe: Salsa Verde Cherry Tomatoes
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Mexican Mango Stacks

Think of this as mango salsa, reimagined as a more substantial and just-as-refreshing summer bite. Recipe: Mexican Mango Stacks
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Bagna Cauda

Dunk fresh, crisp vegetables into this warm, buttery dip just like you would with fondue.

Recipe: Bagna Cauda
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Rainbow Tomato Bruschetta

One of our favorite ways to use up a surplus of heirloom tomatoes from the garden (or the farmers' market)? Slice them up for this gorgeous appetizer.

Recipe: Rainbow Tomato Bruschetta
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Gabriel's Guacamole

Guac is a summertime staple, and this is our most favorite take on it to date. Feel free to double or triple the recipe to serve a crowd.

Recipe: Gabriel’s Guacamole
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Tuna Poke Nachos

We put two of our favorite foods together for the ultimate appetizer (or dinner--we wouldn't judge).

Recipe: Tuna Poke Nachos
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Fresh Goat Cheese and Radicchio Salad with Figs

Sweet and savory, this salad is pure heaven for fig lovers.

Recipe: Fresh Goat Cheese and Radicchio Salad with Figs
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Mini Peppers Filled with Goat Cheese and Asparagus

An easy and colorful bite that combines tangy goat cheese with fresh summer veggies.

Recipe: Mini Peppers Filled with Goat Cheese and Asparagus
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Mediterranean Shrimp Salad in Cucumber Cups

Shrimp scampi reinvented in salad form proves a light and refreshing starter for summer.

Recipe: Mediterranean Shrimp Salad in Cucumber Cups
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Flower-Pressed Cheeses

Take your cheese plate game to the next level by decorating mild soft wheels of cheese with flower petals and herbs. It's pure whimsy, but it's a party spread show-stopper.

More: How to Make a Floral Cheese Plate
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Paleo Fish Tacos with Pineapple Cilantro Salsa

Lettuce replaces the tortilla in these island-inspired tacos that work well as light appetizers, or when eaten in pairs or trios, as a main course.

Recipe: Paleo Fish Tacos with Pineapple Cilantro Salsa
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Chorizo Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a stalwart party appetizer for a reason. Add a Spanish twist in the form of crumbled chorizo, and you've got an instant new classic.

Recipe: Chorizo Deviled Eggs
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Salmon Ceviche

Fresh ceviche is made for summer. Serve on a tostadita shell or thick tortilla chips for an elegant appetizer.

Recipe: Salmon Ceviche
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Late-Summer Vegetables with Aioli

Showcase bounty from the garden or farmers' market with this elegant party platter.

Recipe: Late-Summer Vegetables with Aioli
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Mini Corn Dogs with Cranberry Mustard

The corn dog, a fairgrounds staple, gets an elegant upgrade in this miniature version. Serve with bubbly for an unexpected pairing made in heaven.

Recipe: Mini Corn Dogs with Cranberry Mustard
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Shrimp Jalapeño Poppers

When some comfort food is in order, use in-season peppers to whip up this crowd-pleaser.

Recipe: Shrimp Jalapeño Poppers
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Tuna Poke Crackers

Transport your party guests to the islands with gently flavored poke served atop homemade nori crackers.

Recipe: Tuna Poke Crackers
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Tomato, Cucumber, and Basil Salad

The perfect refreshing salad that celebrates summer bounty and is so easy to make.

Recipe: Tomato, Cucumber, and Basil Salad
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Eggplant Salsa

Fans of eggplant rejoice! It's absolutely delicious chopped and combined with two types of onions, garlic, and chipotle for a summery tostada topping.

Recipe: Eggplant Salsa
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Fried Squash Blossoms with Corn and Mozzarella

This lightened version of a seasonal favorite is still decadent, yet thinner on the batter.

Recipe: Fried Squash Blossoms with Corn and Mozzarella
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Poached Shrimp with Meyer Lemon Ginger Sauce

Move over, shrimp cocktail. Set out a seafood platter with this delicious tangy, lemony dipping sauce and watch it quickly disappear.

Recipe: Poached Shrimp with Meyer Lemon Ginger Sauce
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Spring Rolls

These spring rolls are so good and way less complicated to put together than you'd think. Serve with a peanut dipping sauce for a winning combo. You can also pack them for a grab-and-go lunch in a pinch!

More: How to Make Perfect Spring Rolls
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Jalapeño Corn Cakes

For a delicious twist on fresh corn, make these cakes smaller for an appetizer (or full-size for a vegetarian main course).

Recipe: Jalapeño Corn Cakes
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