Planning a healthy dinner or party menu is a breeze with these 20 Healthy Appetizers. They are all a little lighter, absolutely delicious and perfect for any event from NYE to game day!

20 healthy appetizers for a dinner or party menu

Whether you’re planning to host a party or just ring in the new year at home with your family or a few friends, I’m sure you’re planning to whip up at least a few snack foods. What’s New Year’s Eve without a little bubbly and plenty of dips and finger foods? I don’t know about you, but considering the past few days I’ve just about eaten my weight in cookies; I’m looking to keep things a little lighter for New Year’s Eve. Enjoy this roundup of 20 Healthy Appetizers for the perfect party and most importantly have a fun, safe New Year’s Eve celebration!

If you make any of these healthy appetizers, be sure to leave a comment and let me know how everyone liked it!


Best Damn Salsa Ever! – This bright, fresh dip is absolutely irresistible! It’s loaded with delicious, vibrant flavor and it comes together in less than 5 minutes.

salsa in a serving bowl with a silver spoon

Best Homemade Guacamole – There are millions of recipes for guacamole, and if you love the stuff as much as I do, give this recipe a try. My friends and family tell me it’s “the best homemade guacamole” they’ve ever tasted. It’s my go-to and one of the recipes on this site that I make the most.

homemade guacamole in a wooden bowl served with tortilla chips

Cowboy Caviar – This is seriously one of my favorite recipes on the blog! Once I start I just can’t stop! As an added bonus, there’s black-eyed-peas for good luck!

Cowboy Caviar with black-eyed peas and veggies in a large bowl

Healthy Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip – This Skinny Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip is so creamy, cheesy, and delicious; you’ll never believe it’s lightened up!

spinach dip in a large white serving bowl with wheat thin crackers on the side

Smoked Salmon Dip – This easy recipe that will be the hit of your holiday party! It’s creamy and flavorful. Try using light cream cheese and sour cream to make this a bit healthier. It can be whipped up in minutes and makes any occasion feel extra special!

smoked salmon dip served in a blue bowl with Ritz crackers

Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus – Trader Joe’s Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus doesn’t have anything on the deliciousness of this easy-to-make, very healthy hummus! This recipe is a family favorite that I make ALL of the time. We eat this stuff up, here in the Lee household!

Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus served with tortilla chips

Fire Roasted Salsa – The Best Fire Roasted Salsa is super quick and easy to make (under 20 minutes!), it’s chocked full of fresh grape tomatoes and veggies that have been roasted to perfection, and it’s always a hit at every party.

roasted salsa served in a white bowl with tortilla chips

Avocado Cilantro Lime Dip – Creamy and refreshing, this dip is great for dipping veggies, crackers or chips! Dairy free, paleo, Whole30 friendly. Made in minutes in the blender or food processor.

avocado dip served with veggie straws

Baked Brie – I think one of the most popular things I cook may just be warm, gooey melted brie. And this Grilled or Baked Brie with apricot preserves, pecans and cranberries is probably my best brie combo yet!

Brie Appetizer served on grilled toast

Finger Foods

Brie Stuffed Mushrooms – The ultimate delicious appetizer for any occasion! Even non-mushroom lovers can’t resist!

stuffed mushrooms on a baking sheet pan

Goat Cheese Appetizer and Building the Perfect Cheese Board – This recipe for goat cheese crostini with honey, pecans and thyme could not be more simple to whip up, and all of the flavors go so well together. This is one appetizer everyone is sure to love!

crostini topped with goat cheese, pecans, thyme and honey

Easy Smoked Sausage Dipping Sauces – These delicious, Easy Smoked Sausage Dipping Sauces are perfect for game day fun. Super simple and super tasty, I’ve got you covered when it comes to a crowd-pleasing app everyone will gobble up!

Smoked Sausage Dipping Sauces served with Eckrich Smoked Sausages

English Muffin Pizzas – English Muffin Pizzas make for a fun and easy pizza night or app idea! Everyone loves pizza, especially when they can create their own perfect pizza!

mini English muffin pizzas on a baking sheet

Bacon Wrapped Dates – This is a SIMPLE 3 ingredient appetizer that is loved by EVERYONE! Salty, smokey bacon is wrapped around a sweet Medjool date that has been stuffed with a pecan or almond and baked to crispy-soft perfection for an irresistible appetizer!

Bacon Wrapped Dates on a white plate served with a glass of white wine

Roasted Grape Crostini – An easy, elegant appetizer that’s perfect for the holiday season. Oven-roasted balsamic-infused grapes, complement creamy ricotta and crusty bread so deliciously.

crostini topped with ricotta and roasted grapes

Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms – These Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect app for your next party! Who doesn’t love this cheesy and bacon filled deliciousness in the bite-sized perfection of mushroom caps?!

Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms on a serving platter

Pepperoni Pizza Party Cups – The kids and adults will love these fun, tasty Pepperoni Pizza Party Cups – an easy twist for pizza night! They are also so great for entertaining or for after school snacks!

The kids and adults will love these fun, tasty Pepperoni Pizza Party Cups – an easy twist for pizza night! They are also so great for entertaining or for after school snacks!

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites –  simple, yet fancy.

salmon bites

Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes – I CANNOT get over the flavor. Absolutely wonderful! Creamy sweet potato binds with flaky pan-seared salmon to create an uber-healthy sensational appetizer or meal. And the dill sriracha sauce – you’ll be putting it on everything!

Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes served on a large white platter with Brussels sprouts and a dill dip

Chimichurri Shrimp – Start off your next party with this easy, yet impressive, Healthy Chimichurri Shrimp Appetizer.

chimichurri shrimp served with toothpicks