My Favorite Cold Appetizers for Entertaining

If you’re in need of a cold appetizer recipe, you’ve come to the right place. Today I’m sharing a collection of my favorite cold appetizer recipes. This amazing list is designed for delicious entertaining and may just become your new go-to for cold appetizer choices.

The Best Cold Appetizer Recipes #appetizer #coldappetizers #recipes #entertaining #snacks #food #horsdoeuvres

The BEST Cold Appetizers:

Yes, my friends, you know how much I love appetizer recipes here on Inspired by Charm. I recently had someone reach out asking for some cold appetizer recipe ideas. After sharing the list with them, I thought that others might benefit from it as well.

That’s why I rounded up this list of my favorite cold appetizers. I’ve covered everything from dips to cheeseballs, even bite-sized treats, and everything in-between. It’s a pretty extensive collection and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you.

I hope you find this list helpful and discover a few new favorite treats along the way.

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Cold Appetizer Dips:

How to Make Italian Hoagie Dip #hoagie #sub #hoagiedip #dip #appetizer #recipe #italiansub #gameday

Italian Hoagie Dip
All the ingredients and flavors you love about an Italian hoagie (submarine sandwich) have come together in this unique Italian Hoagie Dip. You’re going to be looking for an excuse to try this tasty dip.

Really Good Chip Dip made with fresh herbs! #dip #chipdip #chips #recipe #appetizer #recipe

Really Good Chip Dip
This Really Good Chip Dip is a delicious and fresh alternative to store-bought dip. In under 10 minutes, you can stir up a flavorful dip that pairs perfectly with chips as well as veggies!

THE BEST VEGGIE DIP! Really Good Veggie Dip - Delicious and Easy Dip Recipes

Really Good Veggie Dip
This vegetable dip is my favorite dip for vegetables! It’s loaded with flavor and you can whip it up in a matter of minutes. I think you’re going to love it as much as I do!

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This Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip is and easy and delicious appetizer. #ranch #dip #corn #recipe #appetizer #ranchdip

Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip
This Loaded Veggie Ranch Dip will become your new go-to party appetizer recipe. It’s loaded with corn, peppers, cream cheese, sour cream, ranch, and a few other goodies, so as you might guess, it’s really good! Also, it’s quick to make and full of great flavor.

The Ultimate BLT Dip Recipe layered with Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Cheese! #BLT #dip #appetizer #recipe #bacon

This layered BLT Dip is sure to be a hit at your next gathering. Layered with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and cheese, this appetizer recipe brings together the classic flavors everyone loves.

You're going to love this Really Good Jalapeño Dip appetizer dip recipe.

Jalapeno Dip
This Jalapeño Dip comes together with just a few ingredients. It’s simple to make and packed with flavor. By adding more or less pith and seeds from the jalapeños, you determine the heat. No matter how you make it, you and your guests will love it!

Out of this World Corn Dip - The BEST Corn Dip recipe! #corndip #dip #appetizer #recipe #crackcorndip

Out-of-this-World Corn Dip
Of all the recipes on IBC, this Out-of-this-World Corn Dip is one I make multiple times a year. It makes a generous portion and is a total crowd-pleaser. I’m confident you’ll love it, too.

Want more delicious dip recipes? I’ve got ’em! You can check out my recipe collection with over 20+ delicious dip recipes HERE.

Bite-Sized Cold Appetizer:

Easy Olive Wreath Holiday Appetizer recipe idea. #christmas #recipe #thanksgiving #holiday #appetizer #recipe #olive

Olive Wreath
This Olive Wreath is a delicious and beautiful appetizer idea. I made mine for the holiday season, but you can serve it any time of the year. This cold appetizer can be assembled in minutes, and it adds a tasty and colorful touch to any party spread.

Learn how to make this Mozzarella Caprese Crostini. It's an easy-to-make appetizer that everyone will love! #caprese #crostini

If you ever need a beautiful, flavor-packed, all-occasion appetizer, look no further than crostini. In this post, I’ve shared three delicious crostini recipes that you can make for your next celebration.

These Avocado-Pesto BLT Bites make the perfect appetizer for any party.

Avocado Pesto BLT Bites
I decided to take one of my favorite sandwiches, the classic BLT, to the next level by turning it into a delicious cold appetizer recipe. The avocado pesto takes these over the top.

Sun-Dried Tomato Roll-Ups #appetizer #recipe #rollup #pinwheel #sundriedtomato #basil

Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Roll-ups:
Pretty, flavorful, and easy are three things I want in hors d’ oeuvres ideas, and this recipe checks off each of those boxes. To make these pinwheels, simply spread a mixture of cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and garlic on a flour tortilla, add some fresh basil leaves, and then tightly roll up the tortilla. After being refrigerated for an hour or so, it’s ready to be sliced and plated.

If you like these roll-ups, you’re in luck because I have an entire collection dedicated to this tasty spiral bites. You can check this roll-up recipe collection HERE.

Really Good Seasoned Pretzels Recipe #seasoned #pretzels #spicy #ranch #seasonedpretzels #recipe #snack

Really Good Seasoned Pretzels

These Really Good Seasoned Pretzels (also known as Missy’s Seasoned Pretzels) are loaded with a subtly spicy, bold flavor, and delicious crunch. This recipe will quickly become your new favorite way to make seasoned pretzels.

Delicious Marinated Mozzarella Recipe #marinated #mozzarella #recipe #cheese #charcuterie #snack #herbs

Marinated Mozzarella

From boring to bold, mozzarella gets a flavor upgrade with fresh herbs and spices. This Marinated Mozzarella is easy to make and adds a flavorful touch to any appetizer spread, cheese board, or charcuterie.

Cheese-Inspired Cold Appetizer Recipes:

Jarcuterie jars with meats and cheese


Looking for an appetizer that SHINES when it comes to flavor and presentation? Then you need a jarcuterie. These single-serving charcuteries assembled in a small jar are perfect for potlucks, celebrations, or even just a movie/game night with friends. 

My recipe for Really Good Pimento Cheese! #pimento #cheese #recipe #dip #spread #appetizer

Pimento Cheese
Creamy and packed with flavor, this Really Good Pimento Cheese makes a delicious party dip, a topping for crackers, a filling for a sandwich, and so much more!

Everything Bagel Cheeseball Recipe - plus more delicious and easy dip recipes! #cheesesball #everythingbagel #fall #appetizer #cheese

Cheeseballs for Every Season
Cheeseballs will forever be a go-to appetizer recipe for me. That’s why I’ve created several unique and delicious cheeseball recipes here on Inspired by Charm. You’re especially going to love my pumpkin-shaped and Christmas-tree shaped cheeseballs.

Even More Cold Appetizer Dips:

How to Make Delicious Tortellini Pasta Salad #tortellini #pasta #salad #pasta #pastasalad #recipe #sidedish

Tortellini Pasta Salad
Take your pasta salad game to the next level with this Tortellini Pasta Salad. Just combine cheese tortellini, pepperoni, cheese, mixed veggies, and pine nuts and toss all of that with a bold red wine vinaigrette. A new go-to for lunch? Dinner? Get-togethers? Yes, all of the above!

Want more delicious dip recipes? I’ve got ’em! You can check out my recipe collection with over 20+ amazing pasta salad recipes HERE.

Veggie Pizza Wreath Cold Appetizer Recipe #veggie #pizza #wreath #appetizer

Veggie Pizza Wreath
This Veggie Pizza (shaped like a wreath) is a delicious, easy, and beautiful appetizer recipe you’ll come to love again and again. It’s been a favorite in my family for years.

These Antipasto Kabobs (Antipasto Skewers) are a delicious, easy, and beautiful appetizer recipe. #antipasto #kabobs #recipe #appetizer #HorsDoeuvres

Antipasto Skewers
Last, but certainly not least, these Antipasto Kabobs are full of your favorite cold appetizer treats making them a delicious and beautiful hors d’oeuvre that will “wow” your guests!


THAT’S A WRAP on Cold Appetizer Recipes

Friends, that is one delicious and incredible list of cold appetizers. As you can see, I have attempted to offer many varieties and flavors.

I certainly hope you found something to make for your next gathering. Enjoy!

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  • Dawn at

    I want to try every single one of these! Great post! You and I share flavor profiles! YUM!!

  • Sandi from the Cape at

    These are all fabulous Michael! Thank you for sharing! Can we come over for a party”?!

  • Mikki at

    These are all such great colorful recipes. Looking forward to trying a few this summer. Thank You!

  • Rella Lones at

    I love your blog. Keep it coming!!!

  • Matt at

    I will be coming back to this post again and again. You’ve crafted a yummy collection. I need to try them all.

  • Ann at

    Several years ago I was invited to a party and needed an appetizer or dessert. I made the antipasto skewers–from your recipe and it was such a hit! Everyone loved them. They are time consuming but worth it for the impact. Thanks for the other recipes too!

  • Sue at

    I want to try all of these! Yum!

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