20 Easy Summer Appetizers

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Prepare for your next party with these easy summer appetizers. From dips to incredible bite-sized bread, there is something for everyone on this mouthwatering list.

When you are planning a party, the last thing you need is to spend all day in the kitchen cooking. I’m with you! That’s why I collected the quickest and easiest appetizers that are perfect for summer parties.

Why You’ll Love These Recipes

Most of the recipes in this list don’t even need to be cooked or baked. Instead, you just mix them and chill them until they are ready to be served.

All of these appetizers make enough to feed a crowd. They look fancy, but you won’t break a sweat making them. Ready to find out what they are?

Delicious Dips

bowl of veggie pizza dip

Veggie Pizza Dip

This veggie pizza dip really does taste just like your favorite veggie pizza. It’s made with an irresistible combination of cream cheese and ranch dressing, then topped with healthy raw vegetables. This dip isn’t just delicious, it is good for you too.

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Cheesy Veggie Dip

Love dill? Embrace the flavor of this herb with this cheesy veggie dip. The Havarti dill cheese elevates this appetizer to unforgettable status. It’s creamy and zesty and the perfect thing to enjoy with raw veggies.

Italian Hoagie Dip

Italian Hoagie Dip

Fill a bread bowl with colorful and healthy ingredients and you have a perfect Italian hoagie dip. This dip almost looks too good to eat. It’s even fun to munch on with a fork.

Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip in bowl with chips.

Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip

Dips are the perfect appetizer because you can set them out and people can grab as much as they want. Plus, they are fun to serve in decorative bowls. This loaded veggie dip is filled with fresh flavors. Serve with veggies and chips.

Out of this World Corn Dip

I’ve also been known to call this crack corn dip because it is pretty addicting. It has some serious bite, thanks to the jalapenos and green chilis. Trust me – you make this once, and people will be asking for you to make it again.

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Sun-Dried Tomato Spinach Artichoke Dip

This thick and creamy sun-dried tomato dip is a fun twist on my favorite spinach artichoke dip. What really makes it incredible is the combination of smoked gouda and fontina cheese.

Spicy Peach Salsa in a bowl with tortilla chips.

Spicy Peach Salsa

If you like peaches and enjoy salsa, then you’re going to love this spicy peach salsa. Being fresh, sweet, and spicy, it’s delicious served with tortilla chips, on your favorite tacos, or on top of your favorite meat or fish. No matter how you enjoy it, you’ll be making this unique salsa again and again. 

Handheld Bites

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Pizza Bread

This pizza bread is worth the effort it will take to heat up your oven and mess up your counters. Layers of flaky bread are wrapped around spicy pepperoni. Then, you can slice the bread thinly and serve them on a platter. Your guests will love it!

Antipasto Kabobs (Antipasto Skewers)

Antipasto Kabobs

I love to serve kabobs at summer parties. They are already perfectly portioned so that people can grab their own skewers. These antipasto kabobs have layers of zesty meat, cheese, and olives with herbs and spices that enhance their flavors.

Really Good Pasta Salad in a bowl.

Pasta Salad

When it comes to hosting a summer party, pasta salads are always a huge hit! You can make a huge bowl of it for next to nothing, and everyone loves it. These are my best pasta salad recipes – browse them and pick out a few to make for your party.

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Prosciutto Melon Bites on white plate.

Prosciutto and Melon Bites

An Italian favorite, these Prosciutto and Melon Bites are an easy and delicious appetizer recipe perfect for summer entertaining or afternoon snack. This is a classic combination of salty and sweet that will never go out of style. In addition, a drizzle of balsamic glaze takes this prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe to whole new level. 

snackle box filled with snacks.

Snackle Box

A traveling charcuterie board… a grazing box on the go… a tackle box meets snacks? Call it what you want, but the Snackle Box might be my new favorite way to snack. Organize a box with your favorite goodies, open it up, sit back, and enjoy. You’re in for a treat! 

Simple Snacks

The Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with Mustard Dipping Sauces

Summer Cheese Board

Make a summer cheese board the centerpiece of your party’s food table. Follow my tips, and you are sure to make one that impresses your guests and serves the best meat and cheese varieties too.

Sweet Yellow Squash Pickles

Sweet Yellow Squash Pickles

Bright yellow squash and sweet red onions look absolutely perfect together! These yellow squash pickles have a deliciously sweet flavor that makes them hard to stop eating.

Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites Appetizer | Inspired by Charm

Avocado BLT Bites

These little BLT bites are so much fun to eat. Juicy tomatoes are wrapped inside of bacon, lettuce, and avocado. The pesto has flavors that tie all these ingredients together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before we all drool over these yummy recipes, here are some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to making amazing summer appetizers.

What is the difference between appetizers and hors d’oeuvres?

The biggest difference between the two comes down to when you are serving them. You usually serve appetizers before a meal. Hors d’oeuvres are usually served a few hours before dinner and are a bit more filling than appetizers.

plate of Antipasto Kabobs (Antipasto Skewers)

What are some keto-friendly appetizers I can make?

It’s really easy to make keto-friendly appetizers. All you have to do is make sure you use sugar-free and low-carb ingredients. The easiest way to do this is to focus on meat, cheese, and vegetables. For a great example, my antipasto kababs are low-carb and well-loved by all (keto or not).

What should I bring to a summer party?

The best things to take to a summer party are a pitcher of drinks or some delicious appetizers or desserts. Take something that doesn’t need to be refrigerated and can be shared with a crowd. Even if your host already has dinner prepared, a dessert can be a welcome addition.

What are some summer appetizers to make ahead?

Looking for a great make-ahead option? The easiest things to make ahead for your summer party are cold appetizers you can refrigerate. Any of my dips are fantastic choices because they can chill the night before in the refrigerator and be served chilled. In fact, some dips taste even better the day after you make them!

More Summer Recipe Ideas You Might Enjoy

I hope you’ll try a few of these easy summer appetizer recipes. I know you’re going to love them. If you do, please leave a comment and tell me your favorite!

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