30 Healthy Appetizers for Summer BBQs and July 4th

Whether you're getting ready to host a fancy July 4th party or or a friend's backyard summer barbecue, you'll love these recipes in this collection. Healthy Appetizers for Summer BBQs and July 4th are recipes that you can definitely afford to snack on before the meal - or make it the meal in itself! Don't regret your choices the next day with heavy, fatty hors d'oeuvres.

Make sure to offer your friends and family healthy recipes and keep everyone - and their bellies - happy!

30 Healthy Appetizers for Summer BBQs and July 4th

Don't you just love summer when everything happens outside and everyone is happy? Summer sun and warmth will do that for a person. Don't risk feeling bloated and tired from fatty appetizers. These healthy appetizers for summer are fun to have for any occasion!

What is a Good Appetizer to Bring to a Barbecue?

You're inviting friends over for a barbecue, but you're stuck on what to bring as an appetizer. Don't worry, I've got you covered. A fantastic option is loaded nachos. They're easy to make and always a crowd pleaser. Simply layer tortilla chips, shredded cheese, black beans, diced tomatoes, jalapeños, and any other toppings you desire onto a baking sheet and pop it in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve it up with some guacamole and sour cream on the side, and your friends will thank you for this delicious introduction to the main course.

What Do You Give a Host of BBQ?

When it comes to attending a BBQ, one question always arises: what do I bring for the host? While the classic bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers never goes out of fashion, it's always more exciting to think outside the box. Why not bring a jar of homemade BBQ sauce or a bag of gourmet charcoal? A fun decorative apron or a set of BBQ utensils are also great options. Don't forget to consider the theme or size of the gathering when choosing your gift. It's not about the price tag, but rather the thought and effort put into it. So, get creative and give your host something that will make them smile and say, "Thank you, you shouldn't have, but I'm so glad you did!"

Warm Weather Appetizer Recipes

When the weather gets warmer, the last thing we want is heavy, filling food. That's where appetizer recipes come in! Whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue or just looking for a light snack, warm weather appetizers are the way to go.

Summer Tomato Salad
summer salad bunny

Macaroni Egg Salad
Macaroni Egg Salad dancing

Watermelon Salad
Watermelon Salad Recipe reuse

Carrot Raisin Pineapple Salad
Carrot Raisin Salad

Cauliflower Mock Potato Salad
Cauliflower Mock Potato Salad

Green Bean Walnut Feta Salad
Green Bean and Feta Salad

Cali Spaghetti Salad

Leftover Bread Salad Cups
Bread Egg Cups Recipe

Red White and Blue Salad
red white blue salad

Grilled Vegetable Kabobs
veggie kabobs

Texas Caviar Dip
texas caviar recipe

Mango Salad
mango salad recipe

Grilled Caprese Zucchini Tomato Boats
Grilled Caprese Zucchini Boats

Watermelon Basil Quinoa Salad
watermelon basil quinoa salad

Deviled Avocado Eggs
Deviled Avocado Eggs

Red White and Blue Appetizer
red white blue beet appetizer

Peach Salsa with Golden Plums and Hatch Chilis
peach salsa on chip

Harissa Potato Salad
Harissa Potato Salad

Grilled Plantains
Grilled Plantains

Herb Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites
Herb Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites

5 Ingredient Fresh Fruit Salad
5 Ingredient Fresh Fruit Salad

Mini Guacamole Boat Appetizer Recipe
Guacamole Appetizer recipe

Garlic Ranch and Veggie Appetizer
Garlic Ranch and Veggie Appetizer

Tomato, Cucumber and Feta Appetizer
Tomato Cucumber Feta Appetizer

Figs with Walnuts and Honey
Figs with Walnuts and Honey

Potato and Chives Mini Waffle Appetizer
potato chive waffles

Fresh and Easy Bruschetta Recipe
Easy Bruschetta

Rosemary and Thyme Potatoes with Tzatziki Dip

Healthy Appetizers for Summer Fun!
Healthy Appetizers for Game Day

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  • Amanda says:

    Yum! These are great for get togethers! Thank you for joining The Creative K Kids' Tasty Tuesday linky party – I can't wait to see what you share next week!

  • Jhuls says:

    I am not sure what is my top favorite among these coz they all sound amazing! Thank you for sharing and for joining this week's Fiesta Friday party.

  • Helen at the Lazy Gastronome says:

    Those bread salad cups look great! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up!

  • Suchitra says:

    What a lovely and useful collection! Thanks for sharing it here at FF!

  • Miz Helen says:

    Awesome collection of Appetizers! Thanks so much for sharing your great post with us at Full Plate Thursday, I really appreciate you sharing with us!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Theresa says:

    So many delish ideas! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared. See you again soon.

  • Helen at the Lazy Gastronome says:

    It all looks so good! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner link up!

  • Linda says:

    These look amazing. Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? Hope to see you again next week!

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

  • Hil says:

    I love how most of these are vegetarian too!

    Thanks for sharing at #bloggerspotlight

  • Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook says:

    My heart is beating for these! Such a perfect round-up! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!

  • Michael says:

    I love egg salad (and potato salad!) and your recipe sounds great (not to mention it looks STUNNING). I’ve pinned it, and I'll be looking for an opportunity to try it out!