25 Easy Summer Appetizers

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Fresh and full of flavor, these easy summer appetizers are perfect for hosting your next garden party and to celebrate the sunshine!

There’s something to please everyone.

Close-up of a wooden board full of summer appetizers made with crostini, ricotta and green peas.

Over the years, I’ve made these appetizer recipes for the most epic al fresco parties out in the warm summer air. Easy recipes that work perfectly for potlucks and picnics too.

Platters of crostini, bright dip sauces and pizza bites set out on the table for your guests to nibble on. Large bowls filled with gorgeous salads to serve with your favourite grilled dishes.

Yes, summer appetizers are the perfect way to begin an al fresco dinner!

I’ve put together an amazing list of ideas for you, from bruschetta to focaccia, from easy dippers to scrumptious salads and more.

Try one, or try them all, and have a wonderful summer!

Let the snacking begin! 

Summer Appetizers

Summer appetizers and more…

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If you make one or more of these delicious summer appetizers, or you have a question, let me know by leaving a comment. I would love to hear from you and get your feedback! x

Crostini with ricotta & Peas

Fresh, fun and full of flavor, these easy summer appetizers are perfect for hosting your next garden party and to celebrate the sunshine like crostini with ricotta and peas, a lovely vegetarian appetizer ready in minutes!
NOTE: the pea and ricotta topping is enough for about 12 crostini, but you can easily double the quantities.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Crostini with ricotta
Servings: 12 crostini
Calories: 129kcal
Author: Katia


  • 12 small slices of baguette, about ½ inch thick (even thinner if you wish)
  • 1-2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, as needed

Ricotta & pea topping



  • Preheat the oven to 340°F/170°C (better not to use the broiler since it could easily burn the bread) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Use a serrated knife and cut the baguette into thin slices, about ½ inch or even a bit thinner if you wish. Lightly brush each side of each slice with extra virgin olive oil.
  • Place the slices on a single layer on the baking sheet and bake until crisp and slightly golden, it takes about 6-7 mins, keep an eye on them. Remove from the oven and let them cool.


  • Bring a small pot with water to a boil and blanch the peas for about 1 minute or until tender. Drain, rinse them with cold water straight away to preserve their bright color, and drain well again.
  • Place the peas into a bowl and add the lemon zest, the shredded mint leaves, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust the flavor and the seasoning according to your liking until the flavor pops up.
  • Spread a thick layer of ricotta on top of each slice of bread, than top with the peas, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil or extra lemon zest if you wish. Serve immediately.


Nutrition facts: the nutrition values are  for one portion only and are based on an online nutrition calculator.  It’s an estimate only and it should not be considered as a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. Please see my disclosure policies. 


Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 368mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 121IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg

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