Easy Cold Appetizers for Parties (Finger Foods, Dips, Skewers & More!)

If you’re looking for easy appetizers that are served cold (perfect for summer, when it’s hot as blazes outside), then you’ve found the list to bookmark! Delicious, easy cold appetizers and finger foods (plus cold dips, chilled hors d’oeuvres, etc) that are made with simple ingredients for your next party or get-together!

Cold Appetizers

As you know, if you’re a regular Pizzazzerie reader, that I created this site because I love sharing entertaining ideas and party recipes with all of you! My FAVORITE party recipe category is definitely appetizers! So I’m excited to share more appetizer content with y’all this year. First up are these cold appetizers! Stay tuned for even more appetizer ideas too…

I’ve broken the cold appetizer recipes list down by Cold Dips, Cold Finger Foods, Cold Skewers/”On-A-Stick” and more cold appetizers… so there is something for every occasion from backyard barbecues to baby showers…

Cold Appetizers: Finger Foods

Serve up these cold appetizer finger foods! In many cases these can also be served room temperature in addition to cold or chilled in temperature. You’ll see everything from crostini and small toasts to pinwheels and phyllo cups.

Prosciutto Wrapped Pears with Arugula

Cold appetizers don’t have to be boring! These prosciutto wrapped pears with arugula are absolutely delicious and make an easy-prep party food.

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Easy Prosciutto Wrapped Pears with Arugula - Whole30
Easy Prosciutto Wrapped Pears with Arugula – Whole30
The perfect appetizer for a holiday party, Prosciutto Wrapped Pears with Arugula Salad are deliciously sweet and savory, Whole30, Paleo, & Gluten Free!
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Appetizer Avocado Toasts

Bite-Size Avocado Toasts

A delicious cold appetizer option sprinkled with everything bagel seasoning and chopped nuts for crunch!

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Mini Avocado Toasts
Mini Avocado Toasts
Make a miniature version of your favorite avocado toasts for your next party appetizer! 
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Cold Appetizer Idea of Bruschetta

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

A classic party appetizer that’s delicious served cold (or chilled) is bruschetta! You can prepare the tomato topping in advance and store in the refrigerator. Top the baguette slices when ready to serve!

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Cold Appetizer Idea of Bruschetta
Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil
A delicious bruschetta party appetizer made with tomato and basil!
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Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs

Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs

Delicious twist on the classic deviled egg, this Southern-inspired version is a delicious cold bite sized app!

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Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs
A classic Southern appetizer gets an upgrade with creamy pimento cheese. These pimento cheese deviled eggs will fly off your party tray!
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a white tray of pesto pinwheels with sun-dried tomato pesto

Pesto Pinwheels with Sun Dried Tomatoes

A delicious and easy pinwheel recipe served cold!

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a white tray of pesto pinwheels with sun-dried tomato pesto
Pesto Pinwheels with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
Yields: 28 Pinwheels
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Thanksgiving Appetizer Ideas

Cranberry & Prosciutto Crostini

The perfect cold appetizer for the holidays, your guests will love this cranberry and prosciutto crostini!

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Prosciutto Crostini
Cranberry & Prosciutto Crostini
The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer, these cranberry and prosciutto crostini are the perfect appetizer to get the holiday festivities started! 
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Goat Cheese Stuffed Piquante Peppers

Stuffed peppers are a delicious appetizer and many are served cold making them a fabulous appetizer when it’s way too hot to turn on the oven!

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Goat Cheese and Chive Stuffed Piquante Peppers
Goat Cheese and Chive Stuffed Piquante Peppers
These Goat Cheese and Chive Stuffed Piquante Peppers are loaded with flavor, and they’re a great summer appetizer!
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Bourbon-Infused Cranberry & Goat-Cheese Bites

A classic phyllo cup appetizer with a holiday twist! This is a great cocktail party appetizer.

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DELISH Party Appetizer, cranberries are infused with bourbon and added on top of goat cheese!
Bourbon Infused Cranberry & Goat Cheese Bites
The perfect holiday appetizer! 
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Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels

Pinwheels are ALWAYS a party hit! This Mexican-inspired pinwheel is made with cream cheese, roasted chilies, and bell peppers!

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Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels
Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels
Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels are always a hit for a potluck or party.
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Stone Fruit Crostini

If you’re serving your cold appetizers during the summer, choose in season fruits like peaches for a delicious party crostini!

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Stone Fruit Crostini
Stone Fruit Crostini
Creamy brie and mascarpone cheese topped with summer stone fruit, a drizzle of honey and fresh thyme.
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Caponata

An Italian appetizer that’s served chilled on sliced baguette, if you’ve never given caponata a try, it’s delicious and a great twist if you want an alternative to bruschetta!

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Caponata | Colorful and tasty summer appetizer or side dish!
Caponata | Colorful and tasty summer appetizer or side dish!
Caponata is a tasty and colorful summer recipe. Serve it as an appetizer with toasted bread or as a side dish alongside grilled fish or chicken!
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Spring Rolls

Serve up a vegan cold appetizer with these delicious spring rolls! They look absolutely beautiful on a party platter!

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Vegan Spring Rolls
A delicious vegan spring roll recipe!
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Artichoke Bruschetta Cold Appetizer

Easy Artichoke Bruschetta

Calling all artichoke lovers, this bruschetta is for you!

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Artichoke Bruschetta Cold Appetizer
Artichoke Bruschetta
A delicious cold appetizer, serve up this artichoke bruschetta!
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Cold Appetizers: Dips & Spreads

Dips are always a crowd-pleasing party appetizer. Serve them up on a pretty tray with lots of dippable items like veggies, chips, sliced toasts, crackers, etc. For cold dips, you can keep them in an iced dip bowl (<<great gift idea) to stay chilled! I’m also including cold hummus and cold salsas here in this category too…

Easy Veggie Dip

Easy Veggie Dip

A delicious easy veggie dip perfect for cut-up veggies, toasts, chips, etc! This is a GREAT appetizer if you like simple recipes. It’s super easy!

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Easy Veggie Dip
Easy Veggie Dip
Full of flavor, this easy veggie dip is the perfect appetizer or snack! 
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Goat cheese dip

Goat Cheese Dip

A delicious blend of seasonings and spices along with fresh goat cheese makes a creamy and crowd-pleasing recipe that’s… you got it… ideal to serve cold!

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Fresh Garlic Herb Goat Cheese Dip
Fresh Garlic Herb Goat Cheese Dip
Goat cheese dip with fresh herbs and garlic will be the star of the show at your next party. The flavors work perfectly for a yummy app!
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Cold Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Another cold dip that’s absolutely delicious and only ready in just 5 minutes!

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Cold Roasted Red Pepper Dip
Roasted Red Pepper Dip
A delicious and easy 5-minute roasted red pepper dip.
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Tomato and Mozzarella Dip

Cold Caprese Dip

Super easy and delish, this caprese dip is made of layered creamy, herbed cheese and fresh mozzarella and tomatoes!

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Tomato and Mozzarella Dip
Cold Caprese Dip with Tomatoes, Mozzarella & Basil – Best Appetizers
This chilled tomato and mozzarella caprese dip is everything you love in a caprese salad, served dip style for the ultimate party starter!
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Cold Greek Dip

Layered Greek Dip

Layered dips (like the classic 7-layer dip) are always a favorite and look absolutely beautiful in a clear bowl or serving dish!

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Layered Greek Dip
Layered Greek Dip
This Layered Greek Dip Recipe is the perfect healthier appetizer to serve when you’re entertaining this summer! It’s always the hit of the party (or BBQ)!
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Million Dollar Dip Recipe

Million Dollar Dip

Bacon, cheese, green onion, garlic… are you tempted yet? This might be THE perfect cold party dip!

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Million Dollar Dip Recipe
Million Dollar Dip
Bacon and cheese combine for a delicious party dip!
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Smoked Tuna Dip

Smoked Tuna Dip

A gulf coast favorite along the 30A area in Florida, you’ll find a variation of this smoked tuna dip on every restaurant’s appetizer menu. Make it at home, you will LOVE it!

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Smoked Tuna Dip
The Best Smoked Tuna Dip
A Florida Gulf Coast favorite, Smoked Tuna Dip is a creamy and smoky dip that’s perfectly delicious with saltine crackers!
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French Onion Dip, Cold Party Appetizers

Homemade French Onion Dip

Say no to the jarred French onion dip and opt for this delicious, homemade version! Serve cold with your favorite chips!

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Homemade French Onion Dip | Julie Blanner
Homemade French Onion Dip | Julie Blanner
This easy French Onion Dip is an easy make ahead crowd pleasing appetizer. Caramelized onions are folded into a creamy dip for amazing flavor in every bite!
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Mango Salsa for a Party

Easy Mango Salsa

Salsa is ALWAYS a great cold appetizer idea. Prep it in advance and serve it alongside your favorite tortilla chips (and might I suggest this Frozen Mango Margarita too).

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Easy Mango Salsa {Fresh!} - Two Peas & Their Pod
Easy Mango Salsa {Fresh!} – Two Peas & Their Pod
You only need 6 ingredients to make this fresh and delicious Mango Salsa. Serve with chicken, fish, tortilla chips or with tacos.
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Cold Southwest Corn Dip

Corn dip is ALWAYS a party hit! Serve up this cold Southwest-inspired corn dip at your party!

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Southwest Corn Dip (Cold)
Southwest Corn Dip (Cold)
This easy and delicious southwest corn dip is served cold with chips. Made with southwest corn and taco seasoning. Always a hit! Perfect for summer.
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Lemon Whipped Feta Dip

A citrus twist on a delicious cold dip, you’ll love this lemon whipped feta dip if you need a cold appetizer!

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Easy Lemon Whipped Feta Dip | Cooking on the Front Burner
Easy Lemon Whipped Feta Dip | Cooking on the Front Burner
Lemon Whipped Feta Dip is just what your party needs. The Mediterranean flavors come through in this easy, quick, creamy, tangy and salty appetizer.
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Avocado Taztiki Cold Appetizers

Avocado Tzatziki

Greek yogurt? Avocado? Garlic? YES, please! This tzatziki dip is creamy and delicious!

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Avocado Tzatziki - Two Peas & Their Pod
Avocado Tzatziki – Two Peas & Their Pod
Adding avocado into a classic tzatziki recipe gives it extra creaminess, extra color, and extra flavor! Everyone will love this versatile Greek dip!
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Cold Everything Bagel Dip

Everything Bagel Dip

Calling all fans of this fan-favorite seasoning, there is now a recipe for Everything Bagel Dip!!

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Everything Bagel Dip
Everything Bagel Dip
Everything Bagel Dip – All of your favorite everything bagel flavors in a dip! Made with just 3 simple ingredients, this dip is addicting!
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Cold 7 Layer Dip

7 Layer Dip

ALWAYS a crowd-favorite, make this 7-Layer-Dip with or without meat! If all else fails, serve a 7-layer-dip!

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The Best 7 Layer Dip Recipe {with or without meat}
The Best 7 Layer Dip Recipe {with or without meat}
The Ultimate 7 Layer Dip recipe is packed with layers of Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Ground Beef (and/or Beans), Guacamole, Salsa, Cheese, and more!
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Cold BLT Dip

BLT Dip

The favorite sandwich is now a delicious cold party dip!

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BLT Dip
BLT Dip
BLT Dip is an easy to make, cold appetizer dip that’s perfect for parties. This creamy dip is filled with bacon, tomatoes, and green onions.
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Cold Appetizer Hummus with Avocado

Avocado Hummus

Hummus is always a great solution if you’re looking for healthy cold appetizers!

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Avocado Hummus
Avocado Hummus
Chickpeas and avocado are blended together to create this creamy tahini-free avocado hummus that’s perfect for dipping or using as a spread!
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Cold Appetizers: Cheese Balls & Cheese Logs

Classic Southern Pimento Cheese Ball

Pimento Cheese Ball

A classic southern combo, the cheese ball meets pimento cheese! If you want an easy cold appetizer that you can pull out when unexpected company arrives knocking, a cheese ball is the (delicious) answer!

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Classic Southern Pimento Cheese Ball
Pimento Cheese Ball
A classic Southern party appetizer, this creamy pimento cheese ball is full of cheddar flavor!
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Cheese Log

Apricot Almond & Goat Cheese Log

Kick up your next party with an easy goat cheese log topped with apricots and almonds! Prep in advance, serve cold from the refrigerator and enjoy!

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Apricot Almond Goat Cheese Log
Apricot Almond Goat Cheese Log
Fast and easy Apricot Almond Goat Cheese Log is a delicious party or holiday goat cheese appetizer. Ready in 30 minutes and gluten free.
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Cold Appetizers to Serve, Cheese Ball

Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Ball

A delicious cheese ball for jalapeno & bacon lovers! You can never go wrong with a cheese ball, a delicious party appetizer recipe!

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Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Ball
Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Ball
This Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Ball is an easy cheese ball recipe. It’s a jalapeno popper cheese ball–with bacon! Everyone loves this easy appetizer.
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Goat Cheese Log

Pistachio Crusted Cheese Log

Just 6 ingredients are needed for this delicious cheese log!

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Pistachio Crusted Cheese Ball
Pistachio Crusted Cheese Ball
Chelsea’s Messy Apron features delicious, easy-to-make recipes by recipe developer Chelsea Lords. View recipe: Pistachio Crusted Cheese Ball.
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Cold Appetizers On-a-Stick (Skewers)

Another delicious category of cold appetizers? Foods on a stick! Also known as skewers, we’re talking about delicious veggies, fruits and cheeses in tasty combos that guests can grab and go at your next party!

Party Appetizer on a Stick

Cucumber & Prosciutto Bites

A delicious (and Whole30 approved) cold appetizer of cucumber, prosciutto, and cherry tomatoes!

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Whole30 Cucumber Bites | Hot Pan Kitchen - GF, Paleo, & Whole30
Whole30 Cucumber Bites | Hot Pan Kitchen – GF, Paleo, & Whole30
These Whole30 Cucumber Bites are healthy appetizers that are dairy free, gluten free, & paleo. An easy recipe to take your entertaining to the next level!
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Melon Appetizers

Melon & Prosciutto Skewers

Melon is always a delicious idea for creating cold appetizers, and paired with prosciutto? A dynamite sweet and savory combo!

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Melon & Prosciutto Skewers With Greens
Melon & Prosciutto Skewers With Greens
Are you on the lookout for a fresh and zesty summer appetizer? These melon and prosciutto skewers will be just the thing you need!
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Vegetable Appetizer on Stick

Smoked Salmon Cucumber Appetizer

Smoked salmon is a fabulous cold appetizer idea and these cucumber bites are a perfect way to serve them!

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Smoked Salmon Cucumber Appetizer Bites
Smoked Salmon Cucumber Appetizer Bites
Smoked Salmon Cucumber Appetizer Bites are a beautiful appetizer for the holidays or a get together. Thinly sliced english cucumber is topped with goat cheese, chives and smoked salmon.
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Melon Skewers for Party

Cantaloupe Prosciutto Skewers

Another twist on the classic melon and prosciutto combination, these skewers are show-stoppers!

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Cantaloupe Prosciutto Caprese Skewers with Lemon Mint Pesto.
Cantaloupe Prosciutto Caprese Skewers with Lemon Mint Pesto.
These cantaloupe prosciutto skewers are the perfect cantoloupe caprese snack! Salty prosciutto, sweet melon and fresh mozzarella drizzled with mint pesto!
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Antipasto Skewers

Antipasto Skewers

The perfect cold appetizer on a stick, these antipasto skewers are made with mozzarella, roasted peppers, salami and olives!

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Antipasto Skewers
Antipasto Skewers
These crowd pleasing antipasto skewers are an easy party appetizer or fun addition to a charcuterie board. Make in advance to make party prep even simpler!
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Watermelon Feta Skewers | Healthy Appetizer

Watermelon Feta Skewers

Fresh watermelon and feta are the perfect cold appetizer combo!

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Watermelon Feta Skewers | Healthy Appetizer
Watermelon Feta Skewers
An easy and healthy appetizer perfect for summer celebrations! 
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More Easy Cold Appetizers!

charcuterie in a cup

Charcuterie Cups

Also sometimes called “jarcuterie” cups because they can be served in a little jar or a small cup, these individual-portioned charcuteries are absolutely fabulous. They’re a wonderful way to serve miniature versions of cheese boards, all in one cute cup. One of my favorite cold appetizer ideas!

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Charcuterie Cups
Charcuterie Cups
These fun appetizer cups are like having your own mini charcuterie board! Easy recipe for grazing cones or charcuterie cups.
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Lettuce Wraps, Cold Appetizer

Feta & Tomato Salad Cups

I love the idea of a miniature salad “cup” or lettuce wrap to serve as an appetizer. I have a similar idea in my book, The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook!

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Feta & Tomato Salad Cups - Julia’s Cuisine
Feta & Tomato Salad Cups – Julia’s Cuisine
Fresh, light and perfect for the summer months ahead. These Feta & Tomato Salad Cups are great as a barbecue side or a quick lunch.
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Cold Appetizers for Parties

Stuffed Endive Appetizer

Stuffed endive looks oh so fancy yet takes only 15 minutes to make! And… you got it… served cold! This is the perfect light appetizer for a summer party!

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Stuffed Endive Appetizer with Blue Cheese and Apple
Stuffed Endive Appetizer with Blue Cheese and Apple
This delicious stuffed endive appetizer recipe requires no cooking and features blue cheese, apples, and pistachios. Plus, it’s ready in 15 minutes!
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Cold Appetizers for Parties

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

A twist on a classic cold appetizer – Shrimp Cocktail – this Mexican-inspired version adds tons of flavor!

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Mexican Shrimp Cocktail - Flavor Mosaic
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail – Flavor Mosaic
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail, AKA Coctel De Camarones, is a Mexican appetizer with shrimp, Clamato, and vegetables for a perfect Mexican Dinner!
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Easy Cold Appetizers

Burrata Caprese

Burrata, an Italian cow milk cheese made from mozzarella and cream, is a fabulous appetizer served cold (or at room temperature). Combine it with tomatoes? Perfect appetizer!

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Tomato and Burrata Caprese | Tasty summer appetizer
Tomato and Burrata Caprese | Tasty summer appetizer
Ever tried burrata cheese? It’s in the mozzarella family, and it makes for a great centerpiece of this Tomato and Burrata Caprese!
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Summer Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie Boards

Serve up a seasonal charcuterie or “grazing” board. Meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies, nuts and more! In my opinion, this is one of the best appetizers because you can tailor it to seasonal produce and guests can pick their favorites.

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summer charcuterie board
Chili Lime Walnuts
Zesty walnuts that are perfect for snacking on their own or adding to a charcuterie board!
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The next time you need a cold appetizer for a cocktail party, birthday party, baby shower or summer party, check back to this list!

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