18 Fresh and Festive Easter Appetizers

Spring Starters for Your Holiday Feast

Savory Spinach and Mushroom Strudel

The Spruce / Ahlam Raffii

Start your Easter holiday feast with easy crowd-pleasing recipes that celebrate seasonal spring ingredients. These starters are delicious, look great on your holiday table, and most can be prepared ahead of party time to make hosting a breeze.

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    Beet Hummus

    Beet Hummus

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    Seasonal fresh beets add gorgeous color and a pleasant earthy sweetness to traditional hummus, making it a celebration-worthy spread. Use your food processor to whip up a batch of bright-pink hummus by combining boiled beets, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt into a smooth, creamy party spread.

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    Parmesan-Stuffed Mushrooms

    Parmesan-Stuffed Mushrooms

    Diana Rattray

    Mushrooms stuffed with a savory filling of Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, and fresh and dried herbs make a satisfying finger food to enjoy before the Easter meal. This recipe is vegetarian, but if you crave a meatier appetizer, go ahead and add some crumbled cooked bacon or sausage to the stuffing.

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    Cream of Artichoke Soup

    Cream of Artichoke Soup

    Molly Watson

    With just a little cream for richness, this elegant, velvety artichoke soup is a fantastic way to enjoy the special, spring-like flavor of this vegetable. It needs only a few ingredients, including garlic, lemon juice, and sea salt, to make the flavor of artichokes sing.

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    Green Bean Salad with Clementines, Bulgur Wheat and Feta

    Green Bean Salad with Clementines, Bulgur Wheat and Feta

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    Serve this veggie and grains salad to kick off your Easter holiday meal. Blanch green beans just until crisp-tender, then toss with juicy clementine segments, nutty bulgar wheat, and salty feta cheese, in a light and tangy Dijon-shallot vinaigrette dressing.

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    Easter Devilled Egg Chicks

    Easter Deviled Egg Chicks

    Leah Maroney

    Adorable devilled egg "chicks" will put everyone in a cheery mood. They are surprisingly easy to assemble and the hatching effect is too cute. Guests will love the dill-infused yolk filling, which also includes pickle relish and mayonnaise. You can make these up to one day ahead, refrigerating until ready to serve.

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    Vegan Cucumber Spring Rolls

    Vegan Cucumber Spring Rolls

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    We can imagine the Easter bunny munching happily away on these light vegan spring rolls that feature low-calorie ingredients, including cucumber, carrots, bean sprouts, rice noodles, and optional cilantro. They are a cinch to make in about 20 minutes and the recipe is easily multiplied for larger gatherings.

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    Raisin Flat Breads With Lemon Cream and Apricot Topping

    Raisin Flat Breads With Lemon Cream and Apricot Topping

    Lora Wiley-Lennartz

    Home-baked raisin flatbreads with a luscious mascarpone lemon cream and apricot topping make a fabulous, eye-catching appetizer for Easter parties. While there are a few steps involved in making this recipe, it's well worth the effort for the rave reviews you're sure to receive.

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    Asparagus Gruyere Tart

    Asparagus Gruyere Tart

    Molly Watson

    Amazingly simple to prepare in under an hour using store-bought puff pastry, this spring tart looks as elegant as it tastes delicious. Tender asparagus spears nestle in a buttery, flaky crust with melted Gruyere cheese and tangy shallots. Slice into squares for serving warm or at room temperature.

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    Beet Deviled Eggs

    Beet Deviled Eggs

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    These beet deviled eggs are a show-stopping, super-tasty addition to your salads, sandwiches, and cold platters. Plus, they are very easy to make.

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    Smoked Salmon Dip

    smoked salmon dip

     Leah Maroney

    This bright and flavorful smoked salmon dip only takes minutes to whip up and can be made ahead of time for a last-minute appetizer. Serve the creamy spread chilled with crackers or bagel chips.

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    Basil Walnut Spread

    Basil Walnut Spread

    Diana Rattray

    Aromatic fresh basil leaves, walnuts, Parmesan, and cream cheese give this party spread a pesto-like flavor and great texture. It's quick and easy to make, and can be prepped a day ahead, for storing in the fridge until guests arrive. Serve with whole wheat crackers, pumpernickel flat breads, or fresh veggies.

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    Cheesy Muffin Tin Potato Stacks

    Cheesy Muffin Tin Potato Stacks

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    Cheesy, crispy, buttery potato stacks are a potato lover's dream. Prepare them easily in muffin tins for a winning potato appetizer, layering thinly-sliced Russet rounds into cute little stacks topped with garlic-infused butter, cheddar cheese, seasonings, and a little heavy cream, and baking until golden.

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    Smoked Salmon Crostini

    Smoked Salmon Crostini

    Leah Maroney

    A trio of garden-fresh herbs elevates classic smoked salmon crostini in this essential appetizer recipe. Brush baguette slices with a little olive oil, and toast in the oven, before spreading with fluffy ricotta cheese mixed with lemon and herbs. Top with smoked salmon slices, and garnish with dill sprigs to serve.

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    Vegan and Gluten-Free Carrot and Coriander Soup With Ginger

    Vegan and Gluten-Free Carrot and Coriander Soup With Ginger

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    What's up doc? This spiced carrot soup is full of fresh carrots, and makes a great Easter dinner starter. This thick, sweet, pureed soup is gluten-free, and gets wonderful flavor from Indian spices. Blend it smooth, or leave it a little chunky, depending on your preference.

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    Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

    ham and cheese pinwheels

     Leah Maroney

    Made with refrigerated pizza dough, these pretty ham and cheese pinwheels are quick and easy to throw together. The spiral of salty ham and gooey cheese makes this simple snack an attractive addition to your spread.

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    Savory Spinach and Mushroom Strudel

    Savory Spinach and Mushroom Strudel

    The Spruce / Ahlam Raffii

    When mushrooms are abundant in spring, that's the time to make this savory vegan strudel for entertaining. It looks impressive, but is easy to assemble with prepared puff pastry. Silken tofu, tahini, and vegan cream cheese add delightful creaminess to a tasty, mixed vegetable filling of mushrooms and spinach.

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    Vegan Scallion Pancakes

    Vegan Scallion Pancakes

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    Amazing scallion pancakes are a fantastic party snack that you shallow-fry in oil, so they get crispy and golden-brown on the outside, but the scallions inside remain tender and zingy. Cook up a batch in minutes, and serve with soy sauce for dipping, as a vegan-friendly appetizer that is sure to disappear quickly.

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    Thai Mini Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

    Thai Mini Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

    Darlene A. Schmidt

    Bite-sized, Thai-style lettuce wraps with a scrumptious, spicy shrimp and peanut filling are always crowd-pleasers. Wrap up a batch and secure with toothpicks for guests, or set out the shrimp mixture and lettuce leaves side by side, so your family and friends can have the fun of assembling their own wraps.