Looking for a quick, easy and gut friendly appetizer to make for your next summer party? Look no further—the team here at Olive My Pickle has put together a great spread for ya.
In this blog post, we'll share some of our favorite recipes that can be made in just 5 minutes and some are made with only 2 ingredients. These recipes are perfect for any occasion, and best of all, they are all microbiome approved and delicious. So what are you waiting for? Let's go!
Never be without easy summer appetizers recipes
Summer months are the perfect time to entertain. The weather's beautiful, and there's no need to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen. Instead, you can enjoy the company of your guests without having to worry about complicated recipes or store bought options. To make summer entertaining even easier, be sure to have a few easy summer appetizers recipes in your pocket that are always a hit.
No matter what you're serving, there's bound to be an appetizer that will complement your menu. From cool and refreshing summer salads to fresh spring rolls, we have an easy summer appetizer recipe for every occasion. So next time you're planning a summer get-together, patio cookout or slightly fancier dinner party, be sure to pull out this list of recipes. Your guests (and your gut) will thank you for it!
The Best Summer Appetizer Must HavesWhen it comes to the best summer appetizers, there's a few things we know you're looking for.
They need to be able to sit out on a patio table without spoiling.
Pack a nutrient dense punch
Be kid AND adult friendly
Be beautiful to look at
Be food you can feel good about serving because it's HEALTHY
Easy: Not take a lot of time and energy to prepare
Here's our 9 easy summer appetizers:
#9 Starting simple: Bowl of Olives- the perfect summer time snack
Olives are not only delicious, but they are also healthy and packed with nutrients. Plus, they're the perfect size for summertime snacking and adding to your appetizer spread takes no time to prepare.
Olive My Pickle Olives are a good source of healthy fats, which can help to keep you full and satisfied. Antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory, olives offer protection against oxidative stress and inflammation. The healthy fat plus oleic acid and the polyphenols in olives make them a favorite brain food for cognition and memory. Why wouldn't you add them to your appetizer table this summer?
Read more about the Health Benefits of Olives to see why they are the perfect healthy snack.
#8 Meat + Cheese + Muffuletta Mix = Yes please!Appetizers are all about simplicity. After all, who wants to spend hours in the kitchen when there's so much fun to be had in the sun? That's where 5 minute apps come in handy.
This Meat + Cheese + Muffuletta Mix is the perfect example. It's simple to make, and it's packed with flavor. Just stack together few other ingredients, and you're good to go. No mixing bowl needed on this one and you've got yourself a summer appetizer that everyone will love.
Easy to make. Stack your fave Gluten free Cracker, we used Simple Mills Organic Garlic and Herb seed flour crackers, with uncured, nitrate-free sliced meat, a sliver of cheese, and teaspoon of Muffuletta Mix. Top it with a tiny sprig of basil for the perfect accent to this truly tasty treat. (Aren't fresh herbs just the best?)
What's Muffuletta Mix you ask?
A crunchy, flavor packed favorite, Muffuletta Mix is our proprietary blend of chopped olives, fermented veggies, fresh garlic and herbs marinating in extra virgin olive oil. No pits of course. And our live culture olives are made with salt-water brine, creating naturally occurring probiotics which are optimal for gut health.
#7 Greek Yogurt & Muffuletta Mix: a 2 ingredient dip your friends will go gaga forWhen you need to get the party started fast, what a better way to impress your guests than with a fresh, two-ingredient dip that's 100% guaranteed to be a hit? Seriously, if you pick just one recipe from this list as a last minute option, this is the one!
Just mix equal parts plain Greek yogurt and Muffuletta Mix. You can also use sour cream or cream cheese but full fat Greek Yogurt is our fav. Voila! You've got a delicious, healthy dip that's perfect for summer entertaining and sure to please.
Serve it with some bright summer fresh veggies like carrots, celery and bell peppers or tortilla chips and crackers. Give it a try—if your friends don't go gaga for it, you need new friends. Just kidding.
#6 Wait.. Don't forget about Hummus garnished with Muffuletta MixYes, we're obsessed with the Muffuletta Mix's seemingly endless potential for entertaining.
And who doesn't love hummus? It's actually a fact that the milder flavor profile of hummus combined with the flavor package that Muffuletta delivers is a stone cold match made in culinary heaven. Plus hummus is high fiber, another win for gut health.
Do you have a go-to hummus recipe? Here at Olive My Pickle, we made hummus for YEARS and sold it to at our farmer's markets every Saturday. As our business grew more online, we needed to retire our hummus product, to focus on the core of our biz: fermented veggies. But we're sharing our hummus recipe here because frankly it needs to live on in the world, so here ya go:
Olive My Pickle's Signature Classic Probiotic Hummus
1.5 cups Chickpeas (sprouted and boiled is of course best, but if you need to use canned, go for it!)
2 T Extra Virgin Olive oil (plus more to drizzle when serving)
.25 cup Tahini
.25 cup Lemon Juice
1-2 cloves Olive My Pickle Fermented Garlic- this is our secret ingredient and what makes this hummus probiotic. You can absolutely use raw garlic if you don't have this on hand, but it won't be quite the same.
Boiling juices from the chickpeas (or the can): use this instead of water to reach desired consistency/thickness. Quantity depends on your desired results.
Salt and pepper to taste
Pinch of cumin
OMP Muffuletta Olive Mix, for topping
Serve hummus in a bowl with a generous garnish of Muffuletta Mix on top, plus drizzle olive oil.
Summer entertaining is best with this savory appetizer. And yes. You can grab store bought hummus. No shame in that cheat! The topping of Muffuletta mix is the key. Believe us, your guests will be begging for more.
#5 Meat & Olive Bow Ties - Also a great appetizer for Father's Day!These small bites are the perfect summer appetizer! They're fun to make and so cute, who could resist?
Slice your pitted butter olive on one side lengthwise. Take a slice of salami and fold it like you would a paper fan. Wrap your olive around the center of the salami to make a bowtie like shape.
Who could resist these #totesadorbs small bites? Father's Day is a summer holiday, so why not surprise dad with this fun and unique appetizer? He's sure to love it. And you'll love that it's recipe-free.
#4 Cucumbers Topped with Cucumber Kimchi just the best of the bestAs the weather warms up, we start to crave summertime foods - and what says summer more than crisp cucumbers? This refreshing appetizer combines the best of summer in one bite, with the cooling crunch of cucumber topped with a zesty Cucumber Kimchi.
The kimchi adds just the right amount of spice, while the cucumber provides a refreshing counterpoint. It's the perfect easy summer appetizer, whether you're hosting a backyard BBQ or just enjoying a summer picnic. So next time you're looking for something to cool you down on a hot summer day, give this kimchi topped cucumber a try.
#3 Spring Rolls with dipping sauce your guests will love!
Light, colorful and packed with fresh veggies this stunningly gorgeous, low carb, fresh, gut friendly summer appetizer should sit at the center of your spread. Spring rolls require just a tiny bit more prep, but it's pretty easy considering what you get.
Prep all your ingredients the night before, so all that's left to do is roll 'em up!
Here's a fun idea: have a Spring Rolling party. Guests can build their own, like an interactive Spring Roll bar. It's just a suggestion, and your friends would need to be in an adventurous mood. This is also a fun way to get kids off their screens and participating in the social time. Trust us, they'll love it.
Check out our favorite fresh spring rolls recipe to learn how to make this delicious snack!
#2 A Pasta Salad Recipe You Can be Proud to ServeLooking for a hearty appetizer that will impress your guests? Look no further than this delicious probiotic pasta salad recipe! The dressing is made with Olive My Pickle LiveBrine probiotic pickle juice, giving it a lovely tangy flavor. The salad also includes summer favorite ingredients like artichoke hearts and tomatoes you can take fresh from the garden.
Best of all, this dish is gluten-free, so everyone can enjoy it. Whether you're hosting a summer potluck or just looking for a tasty treat, this pasta salad recipe is sure to please.
#1 Probiotic Deviled Eggs: Eggsactly what you needSummer is the perfect time to serve light and refreshing appetizers. And what could be better than a protein and probiotic packed deviled egg?
To add some probiotic pizazz to your deviled eggs, top them with sliced Fermented Radishes, Classic Kimchi, Pitted Butter Olives, and Red + Ginger Kraut—all from Olive My Pickle. Not only will your guests be impressed by your creativity, but they'll also be getting a healthy dose of gut friendly probiotics. Sometimes the simplest appetizers are those that people remember the most.
For more deviled egg inspiration, check out How to Build a Probiotic Deviled Egg Bar.
Be prepared with these summer appetizer recipes
Now that you know how easy it is to make these gut-friendly snacks, there’s no excuse not to have them on hand this summer. And the best part? You can find all of the ingredients you need at Olive My Pickle. So head over and shop for your ferments today—you’ll be glad you did when hunger strikes and you only have 5 minutes to spare. We hope you have a fun, happy, and sunshine-filled summer!
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