Before you dig into burgers and hot dogs, kick off your holiday family barbecue with these 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. It doesn’t matter if you’re feeding a crowd or making something extra special for the fam, we think there’s something that everyone will be able to enjoy on this list.

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 dip and pasta salad, start your Independence Day menu with these crowd-pleasing party starters. Who knows? You may just find the dish that you’ll be craving before meals all summer long. But remember: Even though eating an entire bowl of guacamole sounds like a good idea, try your best — key word: try — to save room for your BBQ mains, sides, and of course, fruity desserts.

chili honey garlic shrimp kebabs

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Chili-Honey-Garlic Shrimp Kebabs

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.

goat cheese and cherry caprese

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Goat Cheese and Cherry Caprese

Take your average Caprese salads up a notch by pairing tangy goat cheese with ripe and watery heirloom and grape tomatoes.

egg salad blini bites

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Egg Salad Blini Bites

These mini pancakes give you the perfect amount of egg salad per bite, but that won’t stop your guests from asking for seconds.

fried green tomatoes

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Fried Green Tomatoes

These crunchy panko-crusted tomatoes are a savory Southern favorite — but you can enjoy them wherever you live.

best ever spinach and artichoke dip

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Best Ever Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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.

gingery shrimp toasts

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Gingery Shrimp Toasts

With Asian-fusion flavors, these crispy toasts pack a lot of punch in an appetizer-sized bite.

charred salsa

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Charred Salsa

While salsa is often the go-to pre-meal snacking option, this recipe outshines its store-bought equivalents with a unique, smokey taste.

gingery pork and chive wontons

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Gingery Pork and Chive Wontons

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.

grilled veggies with honey thyme vinaigrette   4th of july appetizers

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Grilled Veggies With Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette

This grilled medley gets a summer makeover thanks to a sweet, herby drizzle.

RELATED: 45 Grilling Recipes That Will Be Your New Summer Favorites

asparagus, burrata, and prosciutto tartines

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Asparagus, Burrata, and Prosciutto Tartines

Avocado toast has met its match: Top small slices of crusty bread with greens, cheese, and prosciutto.

zucchini tots

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Zucchini Tots

Like the potato ones, but summer-friendly. Balance the tot’s fresh flavor with homemade marinara sauce.

RELATED: 40 Healthy and Delicious Zucchini Recipes

heirloom tomato salad   4th of july appetizers

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Heirloom Tomato Salad

When the tomatoes are so fresh, you can’t help but eat an entire plate of ’em — after dressing the fruit with a slightly sweet vinaigrette.

4th of july appetizers   grilled corn and ricotta dip

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Grilled Corn and Ricotta Dip

Serve this warm cheese dip with grilled baguettes for the ultimate party starter.

RELATED: 20 Easy Grilled Corn Recipes to Round Out Your Summer BBQ

cayenne grilled eggplant   4th of july appetizers

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Cayenne Grilled Eggplant With Fresh Tomato Salad

Sure, you can serve this veggie-packed dish as a vegetarian-friendly main, but you wouldn’t want the non-vegetarians at your party to miss out on its deliciousness, would you?

melon mosaic   4th of july appetizers

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Melon Mosaic

Summer’s ultimate trio — melon, tomato, and feta — taste even better when paired together. See for yourself.

  4th of july appetizers

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Summer Veggie Rolls

Wrap up your garden’s bounty in wide zucchini or squash ribbons for a veggie-filled appetizer.

chunky buffalo blue dip   4th of july appetizers

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Chunky Buffalo Blue Dip

Trade your BBQ wings — just this once, promise — for fresh cucumbers or carrots and dip ’em good.

RELATED: 20+ Easy Chicken Wing Recipes to Make for Super Bowl Sunday

cherry tomato confit    4th of july appetizers

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Cherry Tomato Confit

The choice is yours: You can put this four-ingredient spread on just about anything. Bread is best, TBH.

new year's eve appetizers   peach and prosciutto skewers

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Peach and Prosciutto Skewers

Fresh nectarines make a bold statement when paired with bocconcini mozzarella and sliced prosciutto.

RELATED: 4 Types of Peaches You’ll Be Eating All Summer Long

chilled tortellini romesco

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Chilled Tortellini Romesco

Roasted red peppers and almonds amp up the flavor in this cheesy pasta salad.

grilled onion dip   4th of july appetizers

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Grilled Onion Dip

Skip the store-bought options and dip your Naan chips into this creamy goodness instead.

Get the recipe for Grilled Onion Dip »

healthy super bowl recipes

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Smoky Guacamole

Are you grilling your avocados yet? If not, 4th of July is the best time to start.

Get the recipe for Smoky Guacamole »

deviled eggs with old bay shrimp   4th of july appetizers

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Deviled Eggs With Old Bay Shrimp

What’s more American than Old Bay? Deviled eggs topped with Old Bay-seasoned shrimp, that’s what.

Get the recipe for Deviled Eggs with Old Bay Shrimp »

rainbow veggie kabobs   4th of july appetizers

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Rainbow Veggie Kabobs

For an eye-catching veggie platter, coordinate each sewer by color.

Get the recipe for Rainbow Veggie Kabobs »

honey lime ramen salad

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Honey-Lime Ramen Salad

Your college staple has received a major (read: healthy) upgrade thanks to fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and cabbage.

Get the recipe for Honey-Lime Ramen Salad »

grilled berry, basil and brie pizza crisps   4th of july appetizers

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Grilled Berry, Basil, and Brie Pizza Crisps

Think of these red, white, and blue bites like a pizza bagel, but fancier.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest »

pig in a blanket   4th of july appetizers

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Pig in a Blanket

Nothing says national treasure like pastry-wrapped piggies.

Get the recipe from Damn Delicious »

Charred Corn with Rosemary Grilled Pizza - 4th of July Appetizers

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Charred Corn With Rosemary Grilled Pizza

Since you’re always looking for ways to add more sweet corn into your diet come summertime…

Get the recipe from Foodiecrush »

summer crostini   4th of july appetizers

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Summer Crostini

If it screams summer — think: peaches, strawberries, or tomatoes — then it deserves a spot on these mini toasts.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest »

bourbon molasses wings   4th of july appetizers


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