5 Best Appetizer Recipes for Summer Entertaining

These easy, healthy, appetizer recipes are quick to make and guaranteed to please.

By Megan Othersen Gorman

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Need fresh, tasty fare for family and friends? There's an appetizer for that.Casual summer dining sometimes feels anything but, if it means you have to spend time toiling in a hot kitchen while guests and family hang out on the patio. To spare yourself the stress, consider these five appetizer recipes for you next picnic, potluck, or pool party.

1. Best from-the-Backyard: Tomato Salad
Don’t know what to do with all those heirloom tomatoes you’re starting to harvest? Showing off your growing skills with this quick, easy and uber-healthful salad (lycopene, a nutrient abundant in tomatoes, has been shown to protect against both heart disease and cancer).

Directions:
1. Cut 1 pound of tomatoes into half-inch-thick slices.
2. Arrange on a plate and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
3. Top with 2 ounces fresh goat cheese; 12 fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips; 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil; 1½ teaspoons balsamic vinegar; and fresh, cracked pepper.

Note: There are 209 calories per serving.

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