6 Healthy Holiday Appetizers You Will LOVE!

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Elegant Healthy Smoked Salmon Appetizer Elizabeth Rider

During this time of year, I’m always on the hunt for healthy appetizers I can bring with me to holiday parties.

In a sea of carb-heavy and cheese-filled snacks, you would be surprised how grateful people are to see something light (yet still delicious!) on the table.

The question is, how do I come up with healthy appetizers people will actually want to eat?

Fear not! I’m giving you some fun, easy ideas for healthy holiday appetizers that people will love.

Last year I gave you Tuscan Stuffed Mushrooms, Elegant Fig Appetizers with Goat Cheese and Almonds (my favorite!), and Sweet Potato Feta Rounds from my good friend Ann Wolter, click here to get them.

Here are six more delicious & healthy holiday appetizers that are easy to whip up and will make you look like a star.

Elegant Healthy Smoked Salmon Appetizer

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves 6-8

Made simply with smoked salmon, Greek yogurt, dill, and capers served atop fresh cucumber slices, this healthy smoked salmon appetizer is guaranteed to steal the show.

Don’t be surprised if you see more than a few of your friends snapping photos before they dig in—this treat is as Instagram-friendly as it is delicious!

It’s a perfectly refreshing and wholesome snack to balance out all the carb-heavy appetizers at the party.

The Best Crunchy Spiced Chickpeas

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serves 4-8

Golden, crunchy, and packed with flavor, these crunchy spiced chickpeas are an instant hit wherever they go. They’re super easy to make and are perfect for serving in a bowl alongside a snack tray filled with your favorites.

These chickpeas are seasoned simply with salt, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, and cayenne, then baked to crispy, golden perfection. Move over, crackers. There’s a new crunchy party snack in town!
Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates Elizabeth Rider Blog

Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves 6-8

This goat cheese stuffed dates appetizer is made with just 4 simple ingredients: Medjool dates, soft goat cheese, raw almonds, and balsamic vinegar.

The perfect balance of sweet, tangy, nutty, and rich, these tiny treats taste like heaven in every bite! Every time I’ve made this healthy holiday appetizer recipe for a group, it’s been an instant hit.

If you’re looking to impress your friends, you really can’t go wrong here.

Rosemary & Thyme Crackers

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Serves 6-8

Looking for a gluten-free cracker to snack on? These rosemary and thyme crackers are crunchy, wholesome, and oh-so-delicious.

They’re loaded with all the fiber and healthy fats of a handful of almonds, but in the form of party-friendly crackers.

Add them to a fancy platter of fresh fruit, cheeses, and cured meat. You won’t be disappointed!
Healthy Deviled Eggs Elizabeth Rider 5

Secretly Healthy Deviled Eggs

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Serves 4-6

If you want to have a devilishly good time, what better way to do it than with these secretly healthy deviled eggs?

A lighter version of everyone’s favorite childhood party snack, these healthy holiday appetizers are guaranteed to be a show-stopper.

The creamy and delicious filling is made with egg yolks, Veganaise, dijon mustard, pickle relish, and honey.

Dusted with paprika, then garnished with thin jalapeño slices and chives, these photogenic treats are guaranteed to make a splash at your next holiday party.
Healthy Cardamom Vanilla Almonds Elizabeth Rider

Anti-Inflammatory Cardamom Vanilla Almonds

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves 16

What would any holiday party be without the classic bowl of nuts? However, these aren’t the boring bowl of mixed nuts you’ve seen at parties past.

With a few simple and wholesome ingredients, you can instantly turn plain almonds into a mouth-watering delicacy.

These anti-inflammatory cardamom vanilla almonds are coated in honey and coconut oil, then sprinkled with vanilla, cardamom, and cinnamon.

The result? All the best flavors of the season in one delicious, guilt-free snack.

Try out these healthy holiday appetizers for yourself and bring them to your next party to impress your friends.

I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Happy Holiday Parties To You!



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  1. Tiffany says:

    HI Liz, I’m looking for the goats cheese and date appetiser
    you mentioned on your webinar but can’t see it here? Am I looking in the wrong place.

  2. Rhonda Bell says:

    Hi, Elizabeth

    Thank you for the new recipes. I bought your WholeEating Cookbook on Amazon yesterday. Thanks to your Kindle video tip, I have the book on my iPhone for grocery shopping and on my PC for additional knowledge! I have been most intrigued by the low glycemic index information. Thank you tons! Keep adding value to others with your work; it is amazing and so needed in our country.

    Inspired and kind regards,


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