Tuesday Ten: Easy Summer Appetizers

Tuesday Ten: Easy Summer Appetizers Entertaining is one of my favorite summer pastimes. In fact, most of my summer days that aren’t spent at the beach are spent in preparation for a barbecue or al fresco dinner party. So today I’ll be sharing 10 seasonal hors d’oeuvres that are on my to-try list. From inspired salads to yummy finger food, these light and delicious bites are perfect for a summer soiree or cocktail party on the patio. And if you’re not the one playing hostess, consider bringing one of these simple starters along with you. Dinner party etiquette dictates that you should never show up empty handed, but you also don’t want to bring a dish that might interfere with the menu your host or hostess has planned. Unless you are given specific instructions to bring another item, a simple side dish or appetizer is always the perfect solution. Take a peek at my list below, and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments…

1. Guacamole Deviled Eggs Guacamole Deviled Eggs
You may remember that deviled eggs are one of my staple appetizers when I’m entertaining. I’d love to try this summery, California twist.

via Food Network

 

2. Balsamic Roasted Cherries Balsamic Roasted Cherries
The only way to make ripe summer cherries more delicious is my roasting them in a balsamic glaze.

via Good Food

 

3. Baby Greek Salad Baby Greek Salad
There’s something about dolling bite-sized portions out in individual dishes that makes this salad extra appetizing.

via Martha Stewart Weddings

 

4. Lemon Basil Grilled Shrimp Skewers Lemon Basil Grilled Shrimp Skewers
Grilling and summer go hand and hand, and these shrimp skewers are the perfect way to warm up the barbecue for a night of grilling.

via Everyday Occasions

 

5. Goat Cheese Stuffed Apricots With Honey Goat Cheese Stuffed Apricots With Honey
These look nothing short of heavenly (and super easy to make). Count me in.

via Domestic Fits

 

6. Prosciutto With Melon Prosciutto With Melon
This is a simple favorite of mine. It’s a winning combination of sweet and savory flavors.

via Martha Stewart

 

 

7. Green Hummus Green Hummus
Not only does this colorful hummus look tasty, but it’s packed with spinach, arugula, and other healthy greens.

via Honestly Yum

 

8. Feta With Fresh Herbs Feta With Fresh Herbs
I’ve love a classic cheese plate, but it’s also nice to switch things up for summer. This block of feta with fresh herbs, red chili, lemon, pepper, and olive oil sounds scrumptious.

via Closet Chef

 

9. Tomato, Cucumber, Watermelon, and Avocado Salad Tomato, Cucumber, Watermelon, and Avocado Salad
If this cubed salad is half as delicious as it is lovely to look at, then I have a feeling I’ll be making it for years to come.

via Epicurious

 

10. Ricotta Crostini Ricotta Crostini
The best thing about this ricotta crostini party idea, is that you don’t have to limit yourself to a single topping. Play around with seasonal options and year-round classics from strawberries and aged balsamic to smoked salmon and dill.

via Honestly Yum

 

Which appetizer are you going to try first? Do you have any favorites of your own? XO Lauren

Photo: Kate Webber via Snippet & Ink
Categories: Dine, Good Eats, Tuesday Ten
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  • Michelle V

    Yum! I love the mini Greek salads. I do something very similar and make a dressing for it out of hummus: http://theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com/2012/06/life-after-weight-loss-surgery-q.html

  • sinead cash

    all look yummy! fav is Ricotta Crostini :)

  • suzanne

    All these dishes look divine! the prosciutto with melon is a classic. It’s so simple, yet so delicious :)
    xoxo
    Suzanne from http://www.writtenbysuzanne.com

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    I love the look of the feta and herbs. Looks very yummy and summery! Balsamic roasted cherries also sounds interesting. This post definitely made me hungry!

    Ashley
    http://allthatglitters.co.nr

  • Emma Acomb

    Mmmmmm! The feta with fresh herbs, lemon basil shrimp, and baby Greek salad all look fantastic!

  • Deanne Castro

    YUM! These all look delicious! A MUST try!

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    xo
    Deanne

  • Ashley

    Seriously.. every single of one of these looks delicious, beautiful and healthy!
    Guess who’s playing in the kitchen today?! :)

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  • kroque924

    Thanks for the wonderful ideas!!

  • LaurenConrad.com

    Sounds like a great way to spend the day :)

  • Mariella

    Ohhh I really, really love prosciutto with melon! so fresh. I’ll try it this weekend!! ;)

  • Ashley at Sincerely Miss Ash

    I always get asked to bring my homemade chip dip that is so easy to make. All you need is a bottle of salsa, cream cheese (softened), cheddar cheese and chives. I pour the salsa at the bottom of a bowl, I then add the cream cheese over top and then I finish it off by applying cheddar cheese and chives! So easy and it’s always a hit when I bring it to a party…

    xo,
    http://sincerelymissashley.blogspot.ca

  • Leanne

    ooooh these are so lovely!!! Thank you for this!

    Love from South Africa

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  • Rabia Khan

    These are all so lovely and yummy! I am looking forward to trying the balsamic vinegar with cherries!

  • TStrahlendberg

    SUMMERLICIOUS!

    With only being one sleep away from seeing my boyfriend again after 9 months (!!) I am pretty sure we are going to try many of your snacks :) Special night will be EVERY NIGHT :)

    Thank you for spreading summer feelings!
    xx

    http://taty-in-newyork.blogspot.com

  • Ana Sofia

    They all seems perfect for summer, especially the shrimp skewers :)

    Xoxo,
    http://mmthanwords.blogspot.pt/

  • Dana Ivy

    My mind is blown with app ideas! Thanks!

    Xo
    Dana Ivy
    http://www.iadorewhatilove.com – Check out my blog =)

  • LaurenConrad.com

    Thanks for sharing your appetizer! Sounds delicious.

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  • Taanjaa

    They look so good, I don’t have a kitchen to doing any of these in and now I’m sad :(

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  • kalamityray

    those deviled eggs look fantastic! always trying to find new ways of getting avocado into my diet–it goes bad so quickly once sliced! http://makeyourhairgrowfaster.net/

  • Esther & Grace

    almost too pretty to eat!

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  • ashley

    I don’t see the slideshow anywhere :(

  • http://districtandmore.wordpress.com/ District & More

    This recipe for Crostini with Gorgonzola, Caramelized Onions and Fig Spread is my go to appetizer when I have people over. So elegant and easy to make. Delicious too! http://districtandmore.com/2014/01/15/crostini/

  • http://www.raven-locks.blogspot.com Raven Locks

    These all look so amazing! I saw these all over Pinterest and I had to pin them all :)

    xo Azu

    http://www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

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