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20 Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers

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These healthy Thanksgiving appetizers are all delicious recipes that will make your Thanksgiving dinner extra special.

A great party always starts with a canapé or appetizer, so while you're preparing the Thanksgiving meal serve your guests these small bites. These are also perfect to take if you're a guest at a Thanksgiving party and need to bring an easy dish.

We've got some hearty appetizer options and some small bites, but they're all tasty and pretty options that will elevate your meal.


Thanksgiving Appetizer Board

This delicious turkey-shaped Thanksgiving appetizer board is made with a few simple ingredients, but it's tasty and very cute.

An overhead shot of a Thanksgiving appetizer tray made from endives, feta dip, and a pear.

Blistered Shishito Peppers Recipe

You're going to love these blistered shishito peppers. They're mildly spicy and deeply flavorful. You can serve them with soy sauce and togarashi seasoning for an extra kick.

An overhead shot of a bowl of blistered shishito peppers.

Ham & Gruyere Tarts

These ham and cheese puff pastry tarts with apples are absolutely delicious! They're savory, flavorful, and easy to pull together. They take a few minutes to bake but there's minimal hands-on time.

Ham and cheese tarts on a baking sheet.

Radish Tzatziki

This radish walnut tzatziki recipe is creamy, delicious, and versatile - it can be used in all sorts of ways as a topping or a dip.

A bowl of radish tzatziki on a plate with chopped cucumbers and sliced pita bread.

Muhammara (Red Pepper Dip)

Muhammara is a delicious, lightly spicy dip made from roast red bell peppers and walnuts. Muhammara is a delicious, all-purpose dip. You can serve it with pita or crudités.

muhammara dip with pita chips and fresh vegetables

Skordalia Recipe

This recipe for a potato and garlic dip, called skordalia, is a delicious snack or appetizer. Skordalia is a Greek dish made by combining lots of garlic with a base of potatoes, almonds, and olive oil. 


Baked Feta with Olives and Tomatoes

This tasty appetizer recipe of baked feta and olives with burst tomatoes is so easy to pull together. The flavors meld together perfectly for a savory and creamy dish that's perfect for a pre-dinner snack.

A baking dish with a block of feta, olives, and tomatoes.

Gorgonzola Grapes Recipe

The gorgonzola grapes are rich and pack a surprisingly juicy little punch. Little appetizer bites are little bits of yum. I know you’ll love these hors d'oeuvres.

gorgonzola grapes on a tray

Truly Fabulous Graze Board

A truly great graze board is the perfect way to wow guests at a dinner party or canapés extravaganza. These graze board ideas will help you construct your very epic board!

appetizer tray with cheese, nuts, and fruit

Persimmon Prosciutto Crostinis

This simple recipe for persimmon prosciutto crostinis with homemade ricotta is a wonderful appetizer. The flavors work together wonderfully. Persimmons are in season from October to February, so these make for a great holiday appetizer!

crostinis on a cutting board

Radish Puff Appetizer

These radish appetizer mini puff pastry tarts with goat's cheese, radishes, and microgreens are a delicious, peppery, and delightfully rich recipe.

radish puff pastry appetizers on parchment paper

Endive Salad Bites with Grilled Feta

These delicious endive salad bites have citrus, grilled feta, toasted nuts, fresh herbs, and pomegranate seeds. It's all of the season's best produce in one dish!

endive salad bites with grilled feta on a white plate

How to Make Decorated Focaccia Bread

Making decorated focaccia bread art is so fun (and it tastes great)! Use our focaccia recipe and decoration ideas as a jumping-off point for your own creativity.

decorated focaccia on a piece of parchment

Whipped Feta Dip

You are going to love this delicious whipped feta dip! It makes for a delicious appetizer, served with some toasted bread and sliced veggies.

An overhead shot of a bowl of whipped feta dip topped with toasted pine nuts, olive oil, and chopped parsley.

Roasted Grape Crostinis

These roasted grape crostinis are an easy and tasty appetizer recipe that is perfect for a dinner party!

roasted grapes on crostinis

Fall Charcuterie Board

What's not to love about a seasonal charcuterie board? This fall appetizer board with cheese, salami, fruit, and crackers is perfect for a party!

An overhead shot of a fall charcuterie board on a wooden board.

Kimchi Avocado Toast

These delicious kimchi avocado toast bites are great! If you like avocado toast, then you've got to try this version. The tanginess of the kimchi pairs beautifully with the creamy avocado for a fresh and tasty crostini.

An overhead shot of a plate of crostinis topped with avocado, kimchi, cherry tomatoes, green onions, and sesame seeds.

The Coziest Winter Squash Tart Recipe

This delicata squash tart is the coziest recipe. Delicata squash is a winter squash with a delicate rind that doesn't need to be peeled before use; making it a stunning option for a tart.


Watermelon Radish Appetizer Bites

These watermelon radish bites with spicy tuna are a great little appetizer. They're perfect for a canapés party or whenever you need a small, hand-held appetizer.

A hand holding a radish and tuna appetizer bite.

Leek & Onion Puff Pastry Tart

This leek and onion puff pastry tart is a wonderful, subtle recipe that highlights the complex flavors of the leeks and Camembert cheese.

Yield: Serves 6 to 8

Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers - Turkey Appetizer

An overhead shot of a Thanksgiving appetizer tray made from endives, feta dip, and a pear.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a red pear
  • 5 Belgian Endives (both red and green)*
  • 2 candy eyes
  • 1-centimeter triangle of cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces feta cheese
  • 7 ounces Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sumac
  • 2 tablespoons pepitas
  • 2 tablespoons roasted sunflower seeds
  • 3 tablespoons dried cherries or cranberries

Instructions

  1. Place the halved pear at the base of a large serving plate. 
  2. Trim the base of the endives and remove the leaves carefully, making sure not to tear them. 
  3. Affix the candy eyes and cheddar cheese to the pear using a small dab of the yogurt. 
  4. Blend the feta cheese, Greek yogurt, olive oil, sea salt, and sumac together in a food processor for 2 minutes or until it is fully mixed and smooth. 
  5. Either spoon the feta mixture into the endive leaves or place the dip in an icing bag and pipe it into the leaves. 
  6. Sprinkle the pepitas, sunflower seeds, and dried fruit on top of the dip and endives. 
  7. Arrange the endive leaves around the plate, starting from the edges of the plate and working in. If possible, have one layer of green leaves and then alternate with another layer of red leaves, then back to green. 
  8. Serve immediately after assembling or store in the refrigerator. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 549mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 9g

I hope you enjoy these festive and delicious Thanksgiving appetizer recipes!

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