This recipe makes art in a bowl! All the colors of summer are captured in this dish with a fresh, light flavor perfect for snacking between swims or to kick off a backyard barbecue. This can be served with chips or alone as a side dish. —Catherine Ann Goza, Leland, North Carolina
From Benton Harbor, Michigan, Katina Tanner sends a low-fat party starter. "This is a wonderful way o use fresh basil," she says. "Increase the amount of herbs if you like or replace the pita chips with crackers for variety."
This hearty, creamy and full-bodied veggie pizza, served as an appetizer, brought oohs and aahs from our tasting panel at first sight. The dish, from Sandra Shafer of Mountain View, California is completely packed with good-for-you cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms and other vegetables.
For a light bite, Elaine Sweet created these pretty appetizers. “I really like asparagus, so I’m always trying it in different things,” says the Dallas, Texas reader. "This is a delicious twist on traditional bruschetta."
Fresh asparagus gives traditional Greek spinach pie a tasty twist in this recipe from Dean Paraskeva of La Mesa, California. Served with a mild dill sauce, these crispy light squares make a perfect first course for a special-occasion dinner.
In Graysville, Alabama, Beth Parker has contributed this rich creamy spread to family get-togethers for years. "I was able to lighten up the original recipe with out loosing any of the terrific flavor," she says.
"This is a favorite standby of mine when I need a quick appetizer," says Kathryn Goecke of Montrose, Colorado. The creamy dill dip, with chunks of shrimp and cucumber, makes a nice change from the standard shrimp and cocktail sauce.
“My husband told me this is the best guacamole he’s tasted!” Now you can enjoy a classic dip without any guilt. If you don’t have lemon juice on hand, lime will work, too. Lisa Sievers - Philipsburg, PA
This is a scrumptious, super-fast appetizer that looks and tastes so good, you'll never guess it's light. “This recipe offers an excellent way to create elegant and full-flavored appetizers,” writes Teresa Spencer from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.