7 Healthy Holiday Appetizer Ideas

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Holiday appetizers are a tricky business. You want them to be delicious enough to keep hopes high, easy enough to prepare en masse, and healthy enough that you don’t feel bad eating a ton (see: en masse). And in our personal experience, we try to steer away from getting too stuffed—gotta leave room for the actual stuffing, if you’ll excuse our horrible joke. But where there are needs, the Internet has solutions: so here, seven truly fantastic apps that check off all of the above.

These cauliflower bites are so delicious you’ll forget they’re also super-virtuous—giving you a dose of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants.

2. Stuffed Goat Cheese and Pistachio Figs

Photo: A Subtle Revelry

Balancing savory and sweet, this easy fig recipe will prime the palate for literally anything that follows (e.g. all of the mashed potatoes).

3. Apple, Brie, and Honey Bruschetta

Photo: Craving Chronicles

No matter how many of these bruschetta you make, it won’t be enough. We’re sorry, that’s just the way it is. They’re that good.

4. Sweet Potato Rounds With Herbed Ricotta and Walnuts

Photo: The Roasted Root

Coming back to the sweet and savory again, these rounds are uber-tasty, and pack a great (albeit physically tiny) nutritional punch with walnuts, sweet potato, and cranberries. But maybe that’s just an excuse to eat more of them.

5. Pumpkin Hummus

Photo: High Heels and Grills

Feeding a huge crowd (or fending one off)? Either way, this pumpkin hummus dip is the way to go. On theme, healthy, easy, and delicious. Plus, you’ll be getting a nutritional boost—pumpkin purée is a great source of protein, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.

6. Spinach Cheese Balls

Photo: Big Eats Tiny Kitchen

Our favorite thing (cheese) meets our other favorite thing (spinach, when it’s done right). Luckily this recipe nails it: Just mix, bake, and enjoy.

7. Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites

Photo: Baker By Nature

Finger food gone fancy-ish, these easy smoked salmon bites strike the perfect balance of being satisfying but not crazy filling—leaving plenty of room for the main event.

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