7 Summer Appetizer Ideas That Will Leave You Wanting More ...

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These summer appetizer ideas are exactly what you’ll need for a summer get-together of any size or even just a light meal or snack for yourself!

When it’s hot and sticky out, the last thing you should eat is something hot, heavy or fried.

If you stick to cool veggie and fruit based apps, you won’t have that overly full, sluggish feeling.

You want something light, easy to make and delicious, so try some of these summer appetizer ideas!

1. Cucumber Boats

Cucumber Boats

This is one of the summer appetizer ideas that I am head over heels in love with!

I adore cucumbers!

I put slices in my water, you can use them in skin treatments;

they are simply amazing!

These Cucumber Boats are probably the easiest thing you can possibly make.

If you have a few friends who text you to let you know they’ll be dropping by to say hi…whip this up quickly, it only takes a few minutes!

Ingredients:

2 cucumbers (about 1 pound each)

2 ounces crumbled feta cheese

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon fresh parsley or dill, chopped2

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Cut the cumbers lengthwise.

Remove the seeds.

Cut a small strip off the bottom of one side so that the cucumber half will sit sturdily and won’t wobble back and forth.

Dice the other half of the cucumber into 1/4 inch pieces.

Combine the diced cucumbers with feta cheese, dill, salt and pepper.

Divide the mixture between the 2 cucumber “boats,” then slice into 1 1/2 inch pieces.

2. Grilled Pepper Poppers

Grilled Pepper Poppers

I am a huge fan of Jalapeno Poppers, but in the summer eating them tends to make me feel icky.2

This recipe is a summer version of the wonderful pepper popper that keeps that heavy breading away and it’s much healthier without the deep frying!

Don’t worry, it is still incredibly delicious!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (4 ounces) soft goat cheese

1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream cheese, softened2

1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated cheddar

1/2 cup finely chopped seeded tomato

2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions

1/2 teaspoon salt

16 jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded (about 1 1/2 pounds)

Cooking spray

Cilantro (optional)

Directions:

Prepare grill to medium-high heat.

Mix all ingredients except for peppers and cilantro.

Spoon approximately 2 teaspoons of the mixture into each pepper half.

Grill cheese side up on the grill until peppers are charred and cheese is lightly browned.

Top with Cilantro.

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