20 Healthy Holiday Appetizers

Healthy holiday appetizers are my speciality during any holiday party. I love making goat cheese stuffed dates, smoked salmon cucumber sushi and so much more! These simple healthy holiday appetizers for christmas and any other occasion are quick, easy and delicious. 

The holiday season is a time of joy, laughter, and coming together with loved ones. As a host, planning the perfect holiday party involves making the perfect appetizer, meal prep, and making sure you have enough cooking time to get it all done before the party. 

But ofcourse the menu stands out as a focal point. Crafting a thoughtful selection of healthy holiday appetizers and dishes can set the tone for the entire event, making it an experience that your guests will love. 

Creating healthy holiday appetizers does not mean you need to sacrifice on flavor. In fact, incorporating wholesome ingredients into your appetizer spread can be a great way to add nutritious options and beautiful fresh colors seamlessly whether you’re throwing a christmas party or any holiday parties that you having coming up. And if you are on a health journey and wondering how you can practice mindful eating during the holidays, then make sure to read this next!

Healthy Holiday Appetizers

Why I love these healthy holiday appetizers 

What makes these healthy holiday snacks and appetizers perfect for a party and the holiday season isn’t just their flavors but it’s their ease of preparation. Many of these appetizer recipes come together in under 30 minutes, allowing you to spend more time enjoying the party and guests. Whether you’re looking for a cold starter or something warm and indulgent, I’ve got you covered. Let’s dig in and help you create an amazing party with the best healthy holiday appetizers!


Tips for making healthy holiday appetizers 

Creating healthy holiday appetizers doesn’t mean compromising on flavor. In fact, it’s an opportunity to showcase delicious and nutritious options that your guests will love. Here are some kitchen tips to help you craft appetizers and healthy Christmas party snacks that are both health-conscious and tasty!

  1. Embrace Colorful Ingredients: Opt for a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables to add vibrancy and a range of nutrients to your appetizers. Think bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, carrots, and berries.
  2. Choose Lean Proteins: Incorporate lean proteins like grilled chicken, shrimp, or turkey to add a satisfying and filling element to your appetizers.
  3. Healthy Dips and Spreads: Create nutritious dips using Greek yogurt, hummus, or guacamole instead of the heavier options. These alternatives are rich in protein and healthy fats and can really elevate your healthy appetizers. 
  4. Roast or Bake Instead of Fry: Opt for cooking methods like roasting or baking instead of frying. This reduces the amount of added oils and keeps the appetizers lighter while preserving their delicious flavors.
  5. Focus on bite sized serving sizes. Appetizers should be easy to eat. Choose finger foods that guests can pick up with their hands or cocktail picks.

I made a list of my top 20 healthy appetizers for christmas and any other holiday you celebrate. There is something for everyone!

20 Healthy Holiday Appetizers

Stuffed Mushroom Delight

This healthy appetizer is filled with a flavorful mixture of spinach, feta cheese, and garlic. These mushrooms pack a punch of vitamins and minerals. The key ingredient here is the nutrient-rich spinach, providing a boost of iron and antioxidants. To make them look festive, sprinkle a pinch of red pepper flakes on top for a pop of color, creating a visually appealing and delicious start to your holiday gathering.

Ingredients:

  • 20 large mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Red pepper flakes for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a pan, sauté the spinach and minced garlic in olive oil until the spinach wilts.
  3. In a bowl, mix the sautéed spinach with feta cheese, salt, and pepper.
  4. Stuff each mushroom cap with the spinach and feta mixture.
  5. Place the stuffed mushrooms on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.
  6. Sprinkle red pepper flakes on top before serving.
Stuffed Mushroom Delight

Quinoa and Black Bean Fiesta Cups

Say hello to Quinoa and Black Bean Fiesta Cups—a protein-packed, gluten-free delight that’s both healthy and festive. Packed with quinoa, black beans, corn, and a medley of colorful vegetables, these cups are a nutritional powerhouse. The key ingredient, quinoa, offers a complete protein source, while the vibrant veggies bring a burst of holiday hues. Serve them in individual cups for a charming presentation at your holiday gathering.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup diced bell peppers (assorted colors)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Mini tortilla cups for serving

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine cooked quinoa, black beans, corn, diced bell peppers, and chopped cilantro.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, cumin, salt, and pepper. Pour over the quinoa mixture and toss to combine.
  3. Spoon the quinoa mixture into mini tortilla cups.
  4. Garnish with additional cilantro and a lime wedge before serving.

Continue in the same format for each appetizer, providing a brief overview, listing ingredients, and providing step-by-step instructions.

Cucumber Avocado Salsa Cups

Refresh your palate with Cucumber Avocado Salsa Cups—a light and hydrating appetizer perfect for holiday gatherings. Featuring diced cucumbers, creamy avocado, cherry tomatoes, and a zesty lime dressing, these cups are a refreshing way to start the festivities. Cucumbers bring hydration, while avocados contribute heart-healthy fats. Serve in cucumber cups for a creative and festive presentation.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine diced cucumbers, avocado, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro.
  2. Drizzle lime juice over the mixture and toss gently.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon the salsa into cucumber cups before serving.

Spinach and Artichoke Quinoa Bites

Elevate the classic spinach and artichoke dip with these Spinach and Artichoke Quinoa Bites. Packed with protein-rich quinoa, spinach, and artichokes, these bites offer a healthy twist on a favorite. Quinoa provides a complete protein source, and the artichokes bring a subtle tanginess. Present them on a festive platter with a side of Greek yogurt for dipping.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup chopped spinach, cooked and drained
  • 1/2 cup artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a mini muffin tin.
  2. In a bowl, combine quinoa, chopped spinach, artichoke hearts, Parmesan cheese, garlic, egg, salt, and pepper.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the mini muffin tin.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  5. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tin.

Air-Fried Sweet Potato and Chickpea Bites

Get ready for a crispy and nutritious treat with these Air-Fried Sweet Potato and Chickpea Bites. Packed with fiber, vitamins, and plant-based protein, these bites are a guilt-free delight. The sweet potatoes provide a natural sweetness, while chickpeas offer a hearty texture. Air-frying ensures a satisfying crunch without excess oil.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sweet potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a food processor, combine grated sweet potatoes, chickpeas, red onion, ground cumin, paprika, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  2. Pulse the mixture until well combined but still slightly chunky.
  3. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
  4. Form the mixture into bite-sized balls and place them in the air fryer basket.
  5. Air-fry for 12-15 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through, until the bites are golden brown and crispy.
  6. Allow to cool slightly before serving with a yogurt-based dipping sauce.

Baked Pita Chips with Mediterranean Hummus

Bring the flavors of the Mediterranean to your holiday table with these Baked Pita Chips paired with a refreshing hummus dip. Making your own pita chips allows you to control the ingredients and make a healthier alternative to tortilla chips (even though nowadays there are really great options out there). The key here is whole wheat pita, providing fiber, while the hummus adds plant-based protein. Arrange the chips in a festive bowl for a visually appealing and crowd-pleasing appetizer.

Ingredients:

For the Baked Pita Chips:

  • 4 whole wheat pitas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt to taste

For the Mediterranean Hummus:

  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions:

For the Baked Pita Chips:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cut each pita into wedges.
  3. In a bowl, mix olive oil, garlic powder, dried oregano, and salt.
  4. Brush both sides of each pita wedge with the oil mixture.
  5. Arrange the wedges on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden and crispy.

For the Mediterranean Hummus:

  1. In a food processor, combine chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, minced garlic, cumin, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  2. Blend until smooth, adding a little water if needed to achieve the desired consistency.
  3. Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and garnish with fresh parsley.

Serve the Baked Pita Chips alongside the Mediterranean Hummus for a wholesome, homemade, and holiday-worthy appetizer.

Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Glaze

Elevate the classic Caprese salad with this appetizer recipe. Caprese Skewers create a visually beautiful and mouthwatering appetizer for your holiday gathering. The combination of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil drizzled with balsamic glaze offers a burst of flavor in every bite. The key here is the quality of the ingredients, so opt for ripe, seasonal tomatoes and fresh mozzarella for an authentic taste.

Ingredients:

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh mozzarella balls (bocconcini)
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Wooden skewers

Instructions:

  1. Begin by assembling the skewers. Thread a cherry tomato, a folded basil leaf, and a mozzarella ball onto each wooden skewer. Repeat until all ingredients are used.
  2. Arrange the skewers on a serving platter.
  3. Drizzle balsamic glaze and extra virgin olive oil over the skewers.
  4. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper to enhance the flavors.
  5. Allow the skewers to marinate for a few minutes before serving, letting the ingredients absorb the delicious balsamic glaze.

These Caprese Skewers not only provide a healthy dose of antioxidants and vitamins but also add a touch of sophistication to your holiday appetizer spread. The vibrant colors and fresh flavors make them a festive and crowd-pleasing option for any celebration.

healthy holiday appetizer caprese salad

Zucchini Tater Tots

Revamp the classic tater tot with a healthy twist by incorporating zucchini into the mix. These Zucchini Tater Tots are not only delicious but also a fantastic way to sneak in some extra veggies. Baked to golden perfection, they offer a satisfying crunch without the need for deep frying. The star ingredient, zucchini, adds a dose of vitamins and minerals while keeping the tots moist and flavorful.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium-sized zucchinis, grated and excess moisture squeezed out
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (whole wheat for added fiber)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking spray

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly coat the paper with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the grated zucchini, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, beaten egg, chopped parsley, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  3. Take a spoonful of the mixture and shape it into a tot-like form. Place it on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Repeat the process until all the mixture is used, spacing the tots evenly on the sheet.
  5. Lightly spray the tots with cooking spray to help them crisp up in the oven.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the tots are golden brown and crispy, turning them halfway through for even cooking.
  7. Remove from the oven and let them cool slightly before serving.

Lebanese Baba Ghanoush for Christmas Appetizers

Add a touch of Middle Eastern flair to your Christmas appetizers with this delightful Lebanese Baba Ghanoush recipe. Creamy and smoky, this eggplant-based dip is a crowd-pleaser that pairs perfectly with pita bread or vegetable sticks. The key to achieving that authentic flavor is charring the eggplant, imparting a distinct smokiness to the dish.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggplants
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  • Pomegranate seeds for a festive touch (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven broiler or a gas grill to high heat.
  2. Pierce the eggplants with a fork and place them under the broiler or on the grill, turning occasionally until the skin is charred and the flesh is soft. This should take about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Once charred, let the eggplants cool, then peel off the skin and place the flesh in a bowl.
  4. Mash the eggplant with a fork or pulse it in a food processor for a smoother texture.
  5. Add minced garlic, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  6. Adjust the seasoning to taste and transfer the baba ghanoush to a serving dish.
  7. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, garnish with fresh parsley, and add optional pomegranate seeds for a festive touch.
  8. Serve with warm pita bread or fresh vegetable sticks for a Christmas appetizer that’s both flavorful and culturally rich.

Cranberry and Walnut Stuffed Mushrooms

Infuse a burst of holiday flavors into your appetizer spread with these Cranberry and Walnut Stuffed Mushrooms. The combination of earthy mushrooms, sweet cranberries, and crunchy walnuts creates a festive and satisfying bite. These stuffed mushrooms are not only delicious but also rich in antioxidants and healthy fats.

Ingredients:

  • 20 large mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed
  • 1 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a bowl, mix together cream cheese, dried cranberries, chopped walnuts, fresh parsley, salt, and pepper.
  3. Stuff each mushroom cap with the cream cheese mixture.
  4. Place the stuffed mushrooms on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.
  5. Garnish with additional parsley before serving.

Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Phyllo Cups

Bring a touch of the Mediterranean to your holiday gathering with Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Phyllo Cups. These crispy cups filled with a flavorful mixture of roasted red peppers, feta cheese, and fresh herbs make for a visually appealing and tasty appetizer.

Ingredients:

  • 15 mini phyllo cups
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a bowl, mix together roasted red peppers, feta cheese, fresh basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place the mini phyllo cups on a baking sheet.
  4. Spoon the red pepper and feta mixture into each cup.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the phyllo cups are golden brown.

Roasted Red Beet Hummus

Give your holiday appetizer spread a vibrant and nutritious boost with this Roasted Red Beet Hummus. The addition of roasted beets not only enhances the color but also brings a subtle sweetness to the classic hummus flavor. Serve it with veggie sticks or pita chips for a visually stunning and delicious treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas (canned or cooked from dry)
  • 2 medium-sized red beets, roasted and peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Wrap the beets in foil and roast for about 45-60 minutes or until tender. Let them cool, then peel and chop.
  2. In a food processor, combine chickpeas, roasted beets, minced garlic, tahini, lemon juice, cumin, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. If the consistency is too thick, add a bit of water.
  4. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
  5. Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, and garnish with fresh parsley.
  6. Serve with vegetable sticks, pita chips, or crackers for a colorful and nutritious holiday appetizer.

Whipped Herb Cottage Cheese Spread

Elevate your holiday appetizers with a light and flavorful Whipped Herb Cottage Cheese Spread. This versatile spread combines the creaminess of cottage cheese with fresh herbs, creating a delicious accompaniment for crackers, vegetable sticks, or as a sandwich filling. It’s a wholesome and protein-rich addition to your festive spread.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cottage cheese (full-fat or low-fat, as per preference)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Olive oil for drizzling

Instructions:

  1. In a food processor, combine cottage cheese, chopped chives, fresh dill, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  2. Blend the mixture until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  4. Transfer the whipped cottage cheese spread to a serving bowl.
  5. Optionally, drizzle with a bit of olive oil before serving for extra richness.
  6. Serve chilled with an array of dippable delights for a light and herby holiday appetizer.

Whipped Feta and Herb Spread

Transform your holiday appetizers with the luxurious texture and savory flavor of Whipped Feta and Herb Spread. This dip recipe combines the richness of feta cheese with the freshness of herbs, creating a versatile accompaniment for bread, crackers, or vegetable crudités. It’s a sophisticated addition to your festive table.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional: Crushed red pepper flakes for a hint of heat

Instructions:

  1. In a food processor, combine feta cheese, softened cream cheese, olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, fresh basil, and fresh parsley.
  2. Blend the mixture until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Taste and season with salt and black pepper. Adjust to your preference.
  4. For a hint of heat, sprinkle in some crushed red pepper flakes and blend again.
  5. Transfer the whipped feta spread to a serving bowl.
  6. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.
  7. Serve with an assortment of bread, crackers, or vegetable dippers for a delectable whipped feta experience.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates with Honey and Pistachios

Treat your taste buds to a delightful combination of sweet and savory with these Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates. A perfect addition to your holiday appetizer lineup, these bite-sized wonders are filled with creamy goat cheese, drizzled with honey, and topped with crunchy pistachios. It’s a flavor explosion that’s both elegant and easy to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 4 oz goat cheese, softened
  • Honey for drizzling
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, finely chopped

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Gently open each date and remove the pit.
  3. In a bowl, mix the softened goat cheese until smooth.
  4. Stuff each date with a small amount of goat cheese, pressing the sides together to seal.
  5. Place the stuffed dates on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the dates are slightly caramelized and warmed through.
  7. Remove from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes.
  8. Drizzle honey over each stuffed date and sprinkle with chopped pistachios.
  9. Arrange on a serving platter and serve warm or at room temperature.

These Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates are a perfect balance of creamy, sweet, and nutty, making them a sophisticated yet simple addition to your holiday appetizer repertoire.

healthy holiday appetizer recipe stuffed dates

Easy Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Sushi Rolls

Satisfy your sushi cravings with these Easy Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Sushi Rolls. Perfect for holiday appetizers or any occasion, these rolls provide a delightful combination of rich smoked salmon, crisp cucumber, and creamy avocado. Plus, they’re incredibly simple to make at home!

Ingredients:

  • 2 large English cucumbers
  • 4 ounces whipped cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon
  • 2 carrot sticks cut into matchsticks
  • 1 avocado thinly sliced
  • Toasted sesame seeds for sprinkling 

Instructions:

  1. Trim the ends off the cucumbers, then use a vegetable peeler to slice the cucumber into thin flat strips. You can discard the first skin peel and should have about 8-12 strips per cucumber
  2. In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese with the sriracha and stir until well combined and smooth.
  3. To assemble the rolls, lay the cucumber slices down, spread the cream cheeses mixture on top. Then place the smoked salmon, carrot sticks and avocado slices on the top half of the cucumber slice. Starting from the top half, carefully roll the cucumber slices tightly
  4. Place them upright on a plate and sprinkle sesame seeds. Makes about 20-24 rolls.

These quick and easy healthy holiday recipes are not just low calorie holiday appetizers. They are also nutritious and filling. The goal is not to make a low calorie menu, but to try and add more nutrients to each appetizer. Whichever healthy holiday snack recipes you decide to go with, make sure you are proud to make it and share it with your guests! 

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