Save on Pinterest

20 Light and Low-Carb Summer Appetizers

These low-carb summer appetizers are the perfect starters on a steamy day. They'll cool you down before the main course!

1 / 20
Caprese Salad KabobsTaste of Home

Caprese Salad Kabobs

Trade in the usual veggie platter for these lively kabobs. I often make them for my family to snack on, and the kids like to help with the recipe! —Christine Mitchell, Glendora, California

2 / 20
Roasted Beetroot and Garlic HummusTaste of Home

Roasted Beetroot and Garlic Hummus

This tasty beetroot hummus is the prettiest pink snack I’ve ever seen. The healthy recipe is handy to make in large batches and keep in the fridge for lunches and snacks throughout the week. —Elizabeth Worndl, Toronto, Ontario

3 / 20
Pressure Cooker Garlic-Dill Deviled EggsTaste of Home

Pressure Cooker Garlic-Dill Deviled Eggs

I like to experiment with my recipes, and was pleasantly pleased with how the fresh dill really perked up the flavor of this irresistible appetizer. —Kami Horch, Frankfort, Maine

4 / 20
Pico de GalloTaste of Home

Pico de Gallo

This easy pico de gallo recipe is a classic for good reason. It pairs with just about everything! My tip is to let it chill for an hour or two before serving to help the flavors blend. Also, it's best to serve it the same day that it's made. —Jeannie Trudell, Del Norte, Colorado

5 / 20
Creamy Red Pepper Veggie DipTaste of Home

Creamy Red Pepper Veggie Dip

I received this, my go-to veggie dip recipe, from a college roommate. Thick and creamy with just a touch of sweetness, it's always a winner. —Lynne German, Woodland Hills, California

6 / 20
Strawberry Feta Tossed SaladTaste of Home

Strawberry Feta Tossed Salad

A neighbor served this wonderful salad at a summer barbecue. I’ve since experimented with many ingredient combinations, but this one draws the most compliments. I took it to a baby shower, and not a seed was left in the bowl. —Lisa Lesinski-Topp, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

7 / 20
Fresh Corn & Avocado DipTaste of Home

Fresh Corn & Avocado Dip

I alter my sister's dip recipe by adding finely chopped jalapeno for a little heat. It's a different way of serving corn as a dip that can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until serving. —Pat Roberts, Thornton, Ontario

8 / 20
Pina Colada DipTaste of Home

Pina Colada Dip

If you like pina coladas, you've gotta try this fluffy fruit dip. Scooped up with a slice of fresh pineapple, it tastes just like the beloved beachside drink. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee Wisconsin

9 / 20
Thai Chicken Lettuce CupsTaste of Home

Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups

Lettuce wraps make light, lively appetizers. These are easy to make because the slow cooker does most of the work. Just load it up and let things get cooking. When the chicken is cooked, just shred and serve. —Robin Haas, West Roxbury, Massachusetts

10 / 20
9-Layer Greek DipTaste of Home

9-Layer Greek Dip

Instead of the same taco dip, try this light, cool and refreshing Greek dip. It looks and tastes healthy—and it is. —Shawn Barto, Winter Garden, Florida

11 / 20
Honey-Pecan Kiwi SaladTaste of Home

Honey-Pecan Kiwi Salad

This dish won second place in a summer salad recipe feature published in our local newspaper. But it takes first place with my family, who loves to try all my new creations. —Marla Arbet, Kenosha, Wisconsin

12 / 20
Chipotle Mexican Street Corn Dip with Goat CheeseTaste of Home

Chipotle Mexican Street Corn Dip with Goat Cheese

I was craving Mexican street corn that I had during a recent trip to Puerto Vallarta, so I came up with this fabulous dip. It blends the traditional profile of the popular street food with updated flavors for a tasty twist. —Joseph A Sciascia, San Mateo, California

13 / 20
Chipotle GuacamoleTaste of Home

Chipotle Guacamole

My guacamole is so good because it has just a hint of smoke from the chipotle peppers. Stir them in or put a dollop in the center of the dip so people who aren't into peppers can scoop around them. —Gayle Sullivan, Salem, Massachusetts

14 / 20
Edamame hummusTaste of Home

Edamame Hummus

We love hummus at our house. This recipe is a scrumptious and refreshing twist on an old favorite, and it's a wonderful way to incorporate healthy soy into our diets. —Marla Clark, Albuquerque, New Mexico

15 / 20
Pressure-Cooker CaponataTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Caponata

This Italian eggplant dip preps quickly and actually gets better as it stands. Serve it warm or at room temperature. Try adding a little leftover caponata to scrambled eggs for a savory breakfast. —Nancy Beckman, Helena, Montana

16 / 20
Strawberry Kale SaladTaste of Home

Strawberry Kale Salad

This fresh, zingy salad is super easy and always a crowd-pleaser! The sliced strawberries and fresh mint give it an extra summery feel, and crumbled bacon and toasted almonds add the perfect amount of crunch. —Luanne Asta, East Hampton, New York

17 / 20
Marinated Mozzarella & Tomato AppetizersTaste of Home

Marinated Mozzarella & Tomato Appetizers

Inspired by a dish I had at a restaurant, this simply sensational combination should marinate for at least three hours—the longer the better. —Mary Ann Lee, Clifton Park, New York

18 / 20
Avocado SalsaTaste of Home

Avocado Salsa

I was planning a party and thought it might be fun to try a different kind of avocado salsa. This recipe was an absolute success. Scoop it up with chips, spoon it over chicken or steak, or eat it on its own! —Susan Vandermeer, Ogden, Utah

19 / 20
Mini Hot BrownsTaste of Home

Mini Hot Browns

Here's my take on the famous Hot Brown sandwich. Guests quickly saddle up for juicy turkey slices and crispy bacon piled on toasted rye bread and then topped with a rich cheese sauce. —Annette Grahl, Midway, Kentucky

20 / 20
Spicy Honey Sriracha Game Day DipTaste of Home

Spicy Honey Sriracha Game Day Dip

You can easily whip up this creamy, spicy and salty dip. Turn the slow cooker to low once it is cooked and help yourself. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

Christina Herbst
Christina is an Assistant Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in content creation and SEO optimization. She enjoys trying out local foodie restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on.

Popular Videos