Published on June 16, 2018

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Say what you will about your culinary prowess but when it comes to whipping up bites for a crowd, even the pros will find themselves challenged at times. Short of settling on a recipe that will satisfy the masses, the struggles of prepping a dish large enough, without compromising on taste, can be very real. 

With summer in full swing and the opportunities for outdoor entertaining ample in suit, we’ve got the season’s best in mind. Think crisp veggies, sweet fruits, and fresh flavor pairings that complement the bold flavors of summer. From dips to salads and everything else in between, read on to see the mouthwatering appetizers that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

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Melon Caprese Skewers

Yet another summer-friendly version of a classic appetizer we can’t wait to recreate. Gaby’s clever take on the Caprese salad comes in skewer form, making it easy to transport and even more simple to consume. The sweet flavors of the melon balance out the savory elements of the prosciutto, resulting in one mouthwatering blend. 

Get the recipe on What’s Gaby Cooking.

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Mixed Nut and Seed Crackers and Hummus

It’s been dubbed as the appetizer that can cater to just about everyone’s dietary restrictions—seriously, it’s gluten-free, paleo- and Whole30-friendly, not to mention vegan. Serve the indulgent crackers with a side of sweet potato hummus and a grape-tarragon salsa for the ultimate finishing touch. 

Get the recipes on Bon Appetit.

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Fig Platter & Fig-Hibiscus Sauce

An arguable epitome of summer, fresh figs are the season’s ultimate delight. This one comes dressed in a decadent brown-butter dressing that is simply too good for words. Pair it with an equally indulgent cheeseboard and you’ll have the ultimate round of apps. 

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Loaded Hummus

Homemade hummus is a definite crowd-pleaser and the fact that it can be made ahead is just another reason to love it. Add a generous slew of toppings before serving to help take the dish to the next level—marinated olives, crunchy bell peppers, and a drizzle of olive oil are all highly encouraged. 

Get the recipe on Taste, Love, and Nourish

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Addicting Baked Seasoned Ritz Crackers

Just as the name suggests, these crackers will probably become your go-to, party or not. The concept behind it may be a simple one but the flavors are anything but.

Get the recipe on Half Baked Harvest.

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Blackened Shrimp Avocado Cucumber Bites

Easy to assemble and even better to consume, these easy bite-sized treats will be all the rage at your fete. The combination of the fresh cucumbers and heavily-seasoned shrimp result in a dynamic flavor pairing you won’t be able to resist. 

Get the recipe on Cooking Closet.

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Cantaloupe with Balsamic Glaze

Dine like an Italian and start the evening off on a sweet note. Prosciutto-wrapped melon is a classic we can’t get enough of and we know your guests will love it too. 

Get the recipe on Plays Well with Butter

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Citrus Salad

The secret to this zippy salad lies within the fact that a variety of three different oranges are used, all dressed with apple cider vinegar and a bold hit of garlic.

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Strawberry Goat Cheese Crostini

Make the most of sweet summer strawberries with these mini goat cheese toast bites. Drizzle generously with a balsamic reduction and garnish with mint leaves for a refreshing touch.

Get the recipe on Foodess

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Herb-Baked Ricotta

We’ll take any excuse to indulge in cheese, regardless of its form. This herb-baked ricotta supplies a delicious rendition of the classic, and one that will provide your app table with a mouthwatering touch. 

Get the recipe on Apt. 2B Baking Co.

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Cherry Tomato and Corn Salad

Fresh summer corn, sweet summer tomatoes, and a slew of refreshing herbs and spices to boot, this picture-perfect bowl embodies all the best flavors of the season. Whip up a big batch and serve in mini cups for an ideal round of appetizers.

Get the recipe on Faring Well.

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Yogurt Herb Dip & Crudités

Consider this one the ultimate, low-effort (high-impact) appetizer. Seriously, it doesn’t get easier than gathering a bunch of fresh veggies together and calling it a day. Paired with a deliciously refreshing yogurt herb dip, the dish is pure perfection.

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