15 No-Cook  Appetizers  

Keep summer entertaining  simple with these easy appetizer  recipes that keep you on the porch–and out of the kitchen.

  • Smoked Salmon-Cardamom Spread
    Photo: Jan Smith

    Smoked Salmon-Cardamom Spread

    Dress up smoked salmon with cardamom's sweet, aromatic flavor. Add sour cream, fresh lemon, and green onions for a simple–yet elegant–appetizer that's worth sharing.
  • Ginger-Marinated Shrimp
    Photo: Beatriz Da Costa

    Ginger-Marinated Shrimp

    This superfast recipe is ready in less than 15 minutes and requires just 7 ingredients.
  • Vegetable and Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Miso Sambal

    Vegetable and Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Miso Sambal

    Impress guests by filling crisp, buttery Boston lettuce leaves with fresh cucumber, cilantro, peanuts, tofu, and avocados. Really bring the wraps to life with miso sambal, a spicy Indonesian condiment featuring chile paste, ginger, miso, rice wine vinegar, sugar, and dark sesame oil.
  • Uptown Figs
    Buffy Hargett

    Uptown Figs

    Craving the irrestible combination of sweet and salty flavors? These figs fit the bill. Slice each fig almost in half, fill with a a mixture of cream cheese, powdered sugar, and orange liqueur, and finish off with a salted almond.
  • Marinated Mozzarella
    Beth Dreiling Hontzas

    Marinated Mozzarella

    Marinate blocks of fresh mozzarella in a Mediterranean-inspired mixture of olive oil and seasonings, then top with tangy sun-dried tomatoes and fresh rosemary. Since it needs to marinate for 8-24 hours before serving, this appetizer is a great make-ahead choice.
  • Chilled Salmon Appetizers
    Jean Allsopp

    Chilled Salmon Appetizers

    Spread a spicy mayonnaise-based sauce on pumpernickel bread and top with smoked salmon for an easy, stylish appetizer.
  • Rustic Jicama Appetizer with Red Chile and Lime
    Photo: Karry Hosford

    Rustic Jicama Appetizer with Red Chile and Lime

    Cut crisp jicama into strips and toss in lime juice, chili powder and salt for a Mexican-inspired snack.
  • Caesar Salad Bites
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

    Caesar Salad Bites

    Turn this classic salad into an appetizer by spooning the vegetable mixture into romaine lettuce hearts and topping with croutons and a creamy Caesar dressing.
  • Caprese Skewers
    Oxmoor House

    Caprese Skewers

    A Caprese salad is a made from tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and olive oil. We've taken similar ingredients and threaded them onto wooden skewers to create handheld appetizers.
  • Apricots with Basil-Goat Cheese and Almonds
    Photo: Alex Farnum; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Apricots with Basil-Goat Cheese and Almonds

    For a simple pick-up appetizer that’s the perfect combination of savory and sweet, top dried apricots with a goat-cheese basil mixture, top with an almond and drizzle with honey.
  • Fruit Cheese, and Herb Skewers
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Allison R. Banks

    Fruit, Cheese, and Herb Skewers

    Use any combination of your favorite summer berries and arrange them on skewers with small mozzarella balls and basil. You’ll get big points for serving the perfect summer appetizer at your next party.
  • Creamy Pesto Pinwheels
    Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Stephana Bottom

    Creamy Pesto Pinwheels

    Tasty pinwheel sandwiches are always popular at parties and are easy to make ahead and transport. All you need are 4 ingredients.
  • Prosciutto-Wrapped Pears
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Prosciutto-Wrapped Pears

    When you combine the sweetness of ripe pears with the saltines of prosciutto, the result is magic. Make this 5-ingredient appetizer your go-to recipe for last-minute entertaining.
  • Date, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Ball
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams

    Date, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Ball

    Cheese balls never go out of style, and this one has the added benefit of sweet dates and crunchy walnuts. Serve with crackers, shortbread wafers, or fruit slices.
  • Scallop Ceviche
    Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Scallop Ceviche

    Ceviche is a popular Latin American appetizer where some type of seafood is marinated in an acid mixture, usually lemon or lime juice and combined with fresh veggies. The action of the acid on the raw fish changes the texture of the fish to make it more firm, but it does not actually cook the fish, so be sure to use very fresh seafood.

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