So you’re having friends over for a festive wine night. What should you serve for light snacks? The art of grazing is easy to perfect with these 11 easy summer appetizers that are begging to be served at your next backyard wine shindig.
Equally tasty and easy to achieve, these low-maintenance summer party snacks barely require baking, and keep well on a hot summer day. A quick trip to the grocery store later, your guests will be alternating delicious sips with yummy bites.
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This easy, minimal-bake bruschetta is the perfect summertime snack. Toast up some bread, add your fresh tomatoes, basil, and balsamic, and you’re set.
3. Crudité platter
Veggie platters (or crudité, if you want to feel fancy) are great for grazing and can sit out in the backyard sunshine for hours with no worries. You can buy them premade, or head to the fresh veggie section at the grocery store and make the magic yourself.
4. Chips and Salsa/Pico de Gallo/Guacamole
When it comes to snacking, chips and salsa are considered a staple. If you want to keep it low energy, swing by Trader Joe’s and pick up their premade guacamole or salsa variations.
You can always take it to the next level with a homemade guac recipe or mix up your salsa game with this refreshing summer mango salsa. Keep in mind, the guac will brown over time and will only be good for a few hours!
Oh, and lucky for you, we put together an entire guide on how to pair with and salsa and guacamole!
The world of hummus is vast. Heck, you could put together an entire board with different types of hummus! From sun dried tomato to roasted red pepper, we put together an entire guide on how to pair hummus with the right wine.
Keep some pita bread or crackers on hand for easy snacking, and viola! Your guests are officially impressed.
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6. Spinach and Artichoke Dip
A personal favorite, our Bright Cellars team has been known to go to town on the spinach artichoke dip! There are tons of recipes available, but this spin dip is one of our favorites.
As for the dip vessel, pita chips are an excellent option. You can also provide a healthy alternative with carrots or celery sticks.
7. Caprese Salad
If you’re looking for a no-bake summer appetizer, this light, refreshing salad is easy to make and even easier to enjoy. You can even transform your classic caprese into easily snackable caprese kabobs.
8. Roll Ups
There’s a reason you see these little snacks at every graduation party around town. Roll ups are an easy, no-bake snack that take some preparation, but are always appreciated by guests. From cheesy tortilla to salami, you can wander off the beaten path a little on these and get inventive.
9. Egg Salad Sandwiches
Hard boiled eggs are a quick, easy snack as it is, but egg salad sandwiches are a bit more substantial. Make your sandwiches mini for the perfect finger food, or sub out traditional rolls for bagels. You can also add other spices like dill or curry to your egg salad to take it to the next level.
10. Buffalo Dip
This tailgate classic never fails to disappoint! Make your chicken breast ahead of time, then get to work on adding the fixings. Don’t forget the bleu cheese!
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11. Antipasto Skewers
Toss some tomatoes, olives, mozzarella cheese, and salami on skewers and call it a day. Bon appétit!
In Vino Finito
When’s the next time you’re having friends over? Which one of the easy summer appetizers are you most likely to make? Let us know in the comments!