Cold Appetizer Recipes

21 Amazing Cold Appetizer Recipes That You Need To Try!

Looking for some easy cold appetizers for your next party? From finger foods to dips, these recipes come together in just minutes and taste phenomenal. Who needs main entrees when you have a ton of fun hors d’oeuvres? Whether you’re having friends over or attending a tailgate party, appetizers are always a fantastic addition to any celebration. And when it comes to cold appetizer recipes, these are sure to impress. Whether it’s sweet or savory, fun or fancy, I have you covered. Here are 21 cold appetizer recipes that no one will be able to resist! 


21. Baked Potato Dip

Baked Potato Dip

All your favorite baked potato flavors are packed into a dip! This Loaded Baked Potato Chip Dip is creamy, cheesy and so easy to make. Grab a bag of chips and dig in! Love dips? Our artichoke dip is a fan favorite, with good reason. Warm and cheesy and loaded with garlic! Or give our hot spinach artichoke dip a try. Serve with pita chips or fresh-cut vegetables! This Loaded Baked Potato Dip is even easier to make than regular Baked Potatoes. No scrubbing or cooking potatoes is required. Making this dip is as simple as mixing, heating, and serving. You can make it in the oven OR in the microwave!
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20. Simple Crescent Roll Pizza

 Simple Crescent Roll Pizza

This Crescent Roll Pizza Appetizer recipe is easy to make and always a hit at parties! You can even serve this veggie pizza recipe for dinner! I am known to serve this Crescent Roll Veggie Pizza recipe for dinner with a bowl of corn chowder, tomato soup, onion soup, or veggie soup. This Simple Crescent Roll Pizza Appetizer is one of my favorite recipes to bring to potlucks or parties. It makes 24 servings, and they are SO flavorful! The flavors of this veggie pizza appetizer jump out on any buffet table. I love the way the fresh dill and chives cut through the cream cheese mixture. The herbs heighten the bright flavors of the veggies like green onions, red onions, broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, etc..
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19. Deviled Ham Salad

Deviled Ham Salad

Put your leftover holiday ham to great use in the best ham salad recipe! Make a ham salad sandwich or ham spread for crackers as an easy appetizer. So easy and so delicious! Ham salad is a popular recipe that resembles chicken salad and tuna salad. The main ingredient is (cold) ham, of course, and is mixed with chopped-up vegetables and relish, then combined with a mayonnaise dressing. The ham is either ground up or diced, then used as a spread for crackers or used on bread for a ham salad sandwich.
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18. Stuffed Cucumber Bites

Stuffed Cucumber Bites

Stuffed cucumber bites are an easy and satisfying appetizer everyone loves. It’s easy to mix up a batch for any kind of party. With New Year’s Eve coming soon, I think an easy, tasty hors d’oeuvre that can be made quickly and will feed your many guests is in order. This is tasty and so easy, you will love it.  You just need to squeeze the cream cheese from a piping bag into the hollowed-out cucumbers! It will look like you spent a lot of time preparing this, but it is really simple. The finished product is Stuffed Cucumber Bites! A perfect cucumber appetizer.
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17. Shrimp Ceviche

 Shrimp Ceviche

Easy Shrimp Ceviche (Ceviche de Camarón)! It’s bursting with flavor and perfectly refreshing. Serve it as a chip dip or as a main entree over crispy tostada shells or rice. Ceviche is a healthy Peruvian dish that is usually served as an appetizer. It’s generally made from raw fresh fish or shrimp, that’s marinated in lemon and/or lime citrus juices. The acidity in the citrus cures the fish causing it to denature the proteins and become firm and opaque while absorbing flavor.
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16. Cold Spinach Artichoke Dip

Cold Spinach Artichoke Dip

Create some tastebud happiness when you serve up this flavor-packed Cold Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe this year! Is it party time?  You’ve just stumbled across a No-Cook Spinach Artichoke Dip that is totally divine!  This Cold Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe comes together in a snap, and it serves up so much party joy. Talk about the ultimate party appetizer. You get easy, cheesy and delicious all in one totally irresistible party dip, also you can try fruit dip this summer season..  It’s the perfect way to gather the gang around the table, and to get that next party or get together started off right!
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15. Bacon Avocado Bruschetta 

 Bacon Avocado Bruschetta 

I’m thrilled to share this tasty bacon avocado bruschetta recipe with you today as part of a shop that has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Planning menus for upcoming holiday meals/parties…or even for your football gatherings? If you’re looking for a great appetizer to add to that list, you’ll want to try these bacon avocado bruschetta bites!! Hello, YUM! These tasty bites look pretty and festive enough to work great at a holiday party, but are SO easy to make! 
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14. Miniature Avocado Toasts

Miniature Avocado Toasts

Avocado toast is one of the simplest ideas yet makes the most delicious snack or meal. I wanted to make an appetizer-sized avocado toast, so I created mini avocado toasts that are perfect for serving at your next party! Whenever I’m in the snacking mood, avocados and walnuts are two of my go-to’s! I love that they’re not only delicious but nutritious and have good fats! Also, I love to use them in new recipes – like these miniature avocado toasts. And I absolutely LOVE mini party appetizers!
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13. Lemon Ricotta Bruschetta

Lemon Ricotta Bruschetta

This lemon ricotta bruschetta is made with a creamy citrus ricotta cheese blend topped with olive oil, sweet honey, fresh basil, bright lemon zest, and crunchy salt. The sweet, salty, and savory flavors combined with the crunchy and smooth textures make this a delicious gourmet appetizer. Pair the bruschetta with wine to serve as a beautiful starter for an elegant dinner or as a colorful addition to a tapas party.
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12. Zesty Layered Taco Dip

Zesty Layered Taco Dip

This layered taco dip recipe is a quick and easy party appetizer and can be ready in about 15 minutes. Serve it up with tortilla chips and you’re good to go. Got any holiday parties coming up? How about a game day gathering? Or maybe just some upcoming weekend get-togethers? In times like these, it’s good to have a quick and easy go-to recipe in your back pocket. One of those, for me, is a simple yet flavorful (and quite popular, I might add) Taco Dip.
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11. Salami Pinwheels 

 Salami Pinwheels 

Salami Pinwheels with Cream Cheese are always a big hit when I serve them at parties or get-togethers. They’re cute, super tasty, and loved by adults and kids alike. One of the best things about this recipe is that you can customize it to your taste (or diet) by using regular, reduced-fat, or flavored cream cheese. You can even make it vegetarian or vegan by using vegetarian salami slices and non-dairy cream cheese. Though I used chopped parsley in the demonstration photos, this recipe can also be made with fresh chopped basil, chives, cilantro, or oregano. If you don’t have fresh herbs on hand, use dried chives, basil, or oregano instead. This is one of the best cold appetizer recipes that you need to try.
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10. Pomegranate Jeweled Jalapeño Cheese Ball

Pomegranate Jeweled Jalapeño Cheese Ball

I recently had to make an appetizer to take to a small holiday get-together and, even though it’s cliché, I decided to make a cheeseball. They always go over well with crowds, especially during the holidays. However, you know I had to put my signature spin on it by adding jalapeños. I also adorned it with pomegranate arils (they’re under the pecans). This would be great for your holiday table. It’s cheesy with a little kick (not too much!), and a hint of sweetness from the pomegranate.
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9. Bell Pepper with Cream Cheese and Bacon Appetizers

Bell Pepper with Cream Cheese and Bacon Appetizers

Here’s my family’s newest snack addiction…Bell Pepper with Cream Cheese and Bacon Appetizers. I have to admit, when my mom made this, I was a bit skeptical. For one, I’m not a bell pepper lover and only recently started to like it. To this day, I’ll only eat the red, orange, or yellow peppers because the taste is a bit sweeter than the green ones. I know, I’m weird like that. Anyway, these bell pepper with cream cheese and bacon appetizers turned out to be such a hit.
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8. Million Dollar Cream Cheese and Garlic Dip

 Million Dollar Cream Cheese and Garlic Dip

If you need a delicious and easy appetizer to make for your friends and family, then this Million Dollar Cream Cheese and Garlic Dip is the recipe for you! All you need is 5 minutes and a few ingredients to make something that everyone will LOVE! Find the kids and ask them to help… it’s so simple they could even make this recipe for you! No cooking involved. Just dump, stir and go. This Million Dollar Cream Cheese Garlic Dip appetizer recipe uses only a few ingredients and takes 5 minutes to make. It’s cheesy, salty, and not to mention, absolutely, positively addicting. 
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7. Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pinwheels

 Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pinwheels

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pinwheels are the ultimate party appetizers that you can put together in less than 20 minutes. Loaded with bacon, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and ranch, these crack chicken pinwheels are packed with flavor, and guaranteed to be your favorite appetizer. If you love a super quick and easy appetizer like these Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pinwheels, we also suggest you try Spinach Artichoke Dip. It is one of our most popular cold appetizer recipes that is loaded with spinach, and cheeses, and surrounded by biscuit rolls.
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6. Mini Pepper Jelly Cheese Balls

 Mini Pepper Jelly Cheese Balls

These bite-size pepper jelly mini cheese balls are the perfect finger food for your party! Creamy, with a burst of sweet and spicy jelly in the middle, they are a portable snack with an edible handle. The holiday season is right around the corner and that means party foods! When planning a party I want to make sure that my menu includes lots of finger foods. Unless it’s an actual dinner party, having a variety of dishes to choose from that are easy to eat keeps all your guests happy. Just about everybody loves cheese, also you can use goat cheese for this recipe. At least everyone I know loves cheese, but that’s probably because I can be friends with people who don’t like cheese.
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5. Smoked Salmon Crostini

Smoked Salmon Crostini

These simple but delicious Smoked Salmon Crostini are the perfect snack or appetizer for any gathering! Perfect for baby showers, bridal showers, and the holidays! These smoked salmon crostini are so elegant and yet surprisingly simple to make. They are the perfect cold appetizer recipes for gatherings. And I have been making them for bridal showers and baby showers for years. They are also perfect for holiday get-togethers and serve cold!
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4. Cookie Dough Dip

This cookie dough dip tastes like chocolate chip cookies, but is egg-free and flour-free making it totally safe to eat! Serve your cookie dough dip with graham crackers, vanilla wafers, and fruit for a fun and unexpected snack or dessert. I’m one of those people who can’t resist taking a taste of cookie dough before it goes into the oven. This creamy cookie dough dip has the flavor of chocolate chip cookies and only takes 5 minutes to make.
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3. Cold Veggie Pizza Dip

Cold Veggie Pizza Dip

Veggie Pizza Dip has all the flavors of the veggie pizza you love….without the crust! Perfect for dipping vegetables, crackers, pretzels, or bread, this dip is quick, easy, and delicious! Not that I have a choice, right? Life keeps happening, whether we want it to or not. So every now and then, when I’m feeling up to it, I try to look on the bright side. And every now and then, I find that the bright side looks pretty good! This recipe is one of my favorite cold appetizer recipes that you will love too and also this is a crowd pleasers recipe too.
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2. Chicken BLT Ranch Pizza

 Chicken BLT Ranch Pizza

Tomatoes, bacon, and lettuce add a fun summer flair to this easy Chicken BLT Ranch Pizza. It’s a great appetizer or dinner for summer picnics. Can I tell you a secret though?  There was a time when I thought I didn’t like bacon.  I know!  How crazy is that?  The only way I could or would eat it was extra crispy and on a BLT sandwich.  Eating it plainly was never an option.
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1. Easy Pesto Tortellini Skewers

 Easy Pesto Tortellini Skewers

Easy Pesto Tortellini Skewers – Tortellini is tossed in pesto and skewered with sun dried tomatoes for an easy and delicious appetizer. I wasn’t able to attend the actual event (just provided some food) so I haven’t had any feedback yet, but while I was putting them together, my husband must have snuck off with about a dozen antipasto skewers; so it’s a safe bet that they went over well!
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