Before you dig into burger recipes, great grilling recipes and hot dogs, kick off your holiday family barbecue with these easy, fun 4th of July appetizers. Follow these easy recipes full of summer's freshest produce — zucchini, corn, watermelon and more — to make a flavor-packed party spread that's just as colorful as it is delicious. Whether your family prefers to keep it classic (shall we say, all-American?) with pigs in a blanket and grilled veggies, or go fancy with homemade (and best) dips, start your Independence Day menu with these crowd-pleasing party starters.
If you're serving some savory barbecue later on, these sweet-and-savory shrimp kebabs will get every in the mood for more grilled goodness.
Take your average Caprese salads up a notch by pairing tangy goat cheese with ripe and watery heirloom and grape tomatoes.
Serve this light and citrusy appetizer is best served with crispy plantain chips for easy scooping.
Inspired by everyone's favorite summer sandwich, this easy appetizer is a serious crowd-pleaser.
It can't get any easier than dressing up store-bought potato chips with a sprinkle of cheese and herbs.
A healthy and hearty make-ahead dip, this recipe, loaded with beans, corn and avocado, is the ultimate side dish to bring to your 4th of July backyard party
Meet the easiest appetizer you'll want to make on repeat. Blue cheese brings a cooling creaminess to the classic flavor combo.
If your 4th of July celebrations involve a campfire, build these cheesy packets of goodness and cook right over the flame.
Layer beef and cheese on crunchy wonton wrappers, bake until bubbly, then top with salsa and sour cream. It's a one-bite party!
These mini pancakes give you the perfect amount of egg salad per bite, but that won't stop your guests from asking for seconds.
Roasting your own peppers gives this easy appetizer a rich, smoky flavor and some show-stopping color.
Lighter than the usual gooey baked version, this super fresh no-cook dip is made with tons of fragrant herbs, walnuts for crunch and cheese for a hit of savory flavor.
These crunchy panko-crusted tomatoes are a savory Southern favorite — but you can enjoy them wherever you live.
This grilled medley gets a summer makeover thanks to a sweet, herby drizzle.
Whip up mini, carnival-style treats at home in only 25 minutes.
Serve this no-cook appetizer, coated in fresh herbs and pink peppercorns, with plenty of crackers or crispy baguette.
Spoil guests with these savory crab cake bites, made with fresh sweet crab meat and topped with a crunchy mango-avocado relish that’s delicious enough to serve on its own.
This cooling creamy dip combines plain yogurt with spinach and mint for a tangy, fresh option at the appetizer table. Pass the pita!
With Asian-fusion flavors, these crispy toasts pack a lot of punch in an appetizer-sized bite.
Who knew everything you needed to make your pizzas taste wood-fired was already in your backyard? Fire up your grill to give these flatbreads a beautiful char.
We would say you should definitely save these restaurant-level savory pork wontons with spicy chili oil, but we doubt you'll have any leftover.
The beauty of this dip is that it is equally delicious with chips or vegetables. Made with lemon, sour cream, mint and pickled peppers, its bright and zippy with a faint heat.
Turn sweet summer melons into a savory treat with chiles and flaky salt.
This family dinner favorite can easily transition to an appetizer — just slice thin pieces and dig in!
It's not a party without spinach and artichoke dip. This recipe replaces cream cheese with protein-packed cannellini beans for a secretly healthy snack.
Avocado toast has met its match: Top small slices of crusty bread with greens, cheese and prosciutto.
Like the potato ones, but summer-friendly. Balance the tot's fresh flavor with homemade marinara sauce.
Cheesy, zesty nachos, topped with guacamole and homemade salsa, are the perfect appetizer for a crowd.