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Cold Appetizer Recipes

Looking for cold appetizer recipes? Find cold appetizers including sandwich platters or meat and cheese platters for any social gathering.

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This tastes as good as any restaurant California roll. For best results, do use the sushi rice. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
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Grilled Greek Crostini Topping

Grilled Greek Crostini Topping

Grilled Greek Crostini Topping

“I got the idea for this quick and easy appetizer while on a vacation in Greece. It’s nice for summer get-togethers.” —Stephanie Proebsting, Barrington, Illinois

Beef Canapes with Cucumber Sauce

Beef Canapes with Cucumber Sauce

Beef Canapes with Cucumber Sauce

A homemade cucumber yogurt sauce complements tender slices of beef in this recipe. Both the meat and sauce are conveniently made in advance. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Garlic Cheese Spread

Garlic Cheese Spread

Garlic Cheese Spread

Making this cheese spread is easy and fun. It tastes great on flatbread, focaccia or crackers. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Three-Bean Salsa

Three-Bean Salsa

Three-Bean Salsa

Here’s an easy recipe for fabulous, chunky salsa. “It’s fast, fresh, low in fat and high in fiber,“ shares Regina Gutierrez. To keep calories down, she serves it with baked or low-fat tortilla chips at home in San Antonio, Texas.

Peanut Butter Spread

Peanut Butter Spread

Peanut Butter Spread

As far back as I can remember, this spread has been used for sandwiches served after church services. It's especially tasty on toast. —Maudie Raber, Millersburg, Ohio

Strawberry Pizza

Strawberry Pizza

Strawberry Pizza

From Elk Ridge, Utah, Kara Cook predicts, "Both strawberry and cheesecake lovers will delight in this fruity treat. My family requests this sweet pizza every strawberry season."

Spicy Pineapple Salsa

Spicy Pineapple Salsa

Spicy Pineapple Salsa

Here’s a sweet and spicy twist on salsa. Served with chips, it’s an excellent party starter. It also adds a refreshing touch on top of grilled fish or meat.—Angela Longtin, Cavalier, North Dakota

Sunny Asparagus Tapenade

Sunny Asparagus Tapenade

Sunny Asparagus Tapenade

“I use fresh asparagus from the farmers market for this healthy spread, which can also be served as a dip. I like to make it for family gatherings.” —Kathy Patalsky, New York, New York

Smoked Salmon Cheese Spread

Smoked Salmon Cheese Spread

Smoked Salmon Cheese Spread

Pretzels, chips and veggies all taste awesome with this creamy blend of salmon, cheese and herbs. Thanks to a food processor, it's always ready in a hurry. —Jill Campbell, Huntsville, Texas

Cheese Spread Pinecone

Cheese Spread Pinecone

Cheese Spread Pinecone

folks quickly cluster around this outdoorsy appetizer from Cindy Harrington of Euless, Texas. She turned her super cheese spread into a pinecone—using slice almonds, dill sprigs and a cinnamon stick!



Apple & Blue Cheese on Endive

Apple & Blue Cheese on Endive

Apple & Blue Cheese on Endive

This elegant appetizer features a creamy blue cheese and apple spread inside crunchy endive leaves. You can use pears instead of apples or use the spread to top crackers.—Katie Fleming, Edmonds, Washington

Cucumber Shrimp Spread

Cucumber Shrimp Spread

Cucumber Shrimp Spread

Field editor Doris Heath of Franklin, North Carolina likes to serve this savory spread on rye bread, but it’s just as satisfying on crackers or bagel chips.

Seven-Layer Mediterranean Dip

Seven-Layer Mediterranean Dip

Seven-Layer Mediterranean Dip

I like traditional seven-layer Mexican dip, but I love Mediterranean ingredients even more. When I made this mashup, my husband wolfed it down. And he won’t even touch hummus or Greek olives on their own! —Bee Engelhart, Bloomfield Township, Michigan

Appetizer Blue Cheese Logs

Appetizer Blue Cheese Logs

Appetizer Blue Cheese Logs

Three kinds of cheese and some curry powder make this cheese log a little more lively than most.
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