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July 4th Appetizers

Know what sounds appetizing? These family-favorite recipes for summer dips, bacon-wrapped treats, salsa, and other small-plate pleasers.

Chicken Skewers with Cool Avocado Sauce

Chicken Skewers with Cool Avocado Sauce

Chicken Skewers with Cool Avocado Sauce

I'm always looking for lighter recipes to take on tailgate outings. This one is quick and easy to marinate and take along. It's also great tasting and a family favorite. Veronica Callaghan-Glastonbury, Connecticut

Simple Lemon Fruit Dip

Simple Lemon Fruit Dip

Simple Lemon Fruit Dip

My husband's a construction worker and this is a great treat to put in his lunch with whatever fresh fruit he wants. It keeps all week in the fridge. Fun, tasty, lemony! —Megan Wilkinson, Morgan, Utah

Guacamole Appetizer Squares

Guacamole Appetizer Squares

Guacamole Appetizer Squares

This cold appetizer pizza has appeared at family functions for many years. I know you'll love it, too.
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Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde

This salsa is fresh and creamy. It's great as a chip dip or as a topper for tacos and other Mexican dishes. You can adjust the spiciness to your liking. —Nanette Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada

Strawberry-Flavored Fruit Dip

Strawberry-Flavored Fruit Dip

Strawberry-Flavored Fruit Dip

Served with a strawberry-flavored dip, fresh fruit tastes even better! I turn to this recipe for just about every family gathering. —Dawn Brandt, Kalbasha, Michigan

Berries and Cream Wonton Cups

Berries and Cream Wonton Cups

Berries and Cream Wonton Cups

Feel free to use different flavored yogurt and fruit to make these wonderful little appetizers or desserts.—Heidi Hoskinson, Conifer, Colorado

Deviled Eggs Extraordinaire

Deviled Eggs Extraordinaire

Deviled Eggs Extraordinaire

“For adult occasions, tiny amounts of red or black caviar may be appropriate garnish on top for variety.” This creamy, mild deviled egg boasts a pleasant, mustard flavor, as well. —Carol Ross, Anchorage, Alaska

Make-Ahead Marinated Shrimp

Make-Ahead Marinated Shrimp

Make-Ahead Marinated Shrimp

"Dress up your holiday buffet table with this tasty shrimp recipe. You'll have time to enjoy your party because this appetizer is that easy." – Phyllis Schmalz, Kansas City, Kansas

Chilled Raspberry Soup

Chilled Raspberry Soup

Chilled Raspberry Soup

Family and friends enjoy this lovely cold soup. I often use sugar substitute and reduced-fat sour cream to make it a little lighter.—Amy Wenger, Severance, Colorado

Contest-Winning Watermelon Salsa

Contest-Winning Watermelon Salsa

Contest-Winning Watermelon Salsa

“I entered this recipe in a local fair, and it took first place! This is one of my favorites because all of the ingredients (except for the lime juice) came directly from my garden and bee hives.” —Carolyn Butterfield of Lake Stevens, Washington

Cold Vegetable Pizza

Cold Vegetable Pizza

Cold Vegetable Pizza

Topped with crisp veggies, this fresh-tasting pizza makes a cool appetizer on a warm day. Leslie Hampel of Palmer, Texas shares the recipe.
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