17 Healthy Appetizer Ideas For Thanksgiving

Find the appetizer recipe you’ve been searching for in this roundup of healthy appetizer ideas for Thanksgiving, just in time to fill out your Thanksgiving menu!

Healthy Appetizer Ideas for Thanksgiving to Try This Year

1. Cornbread Bruschetta

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Cornbread Bruschetta {Gluten-Free & Vegan} Photo by The Healthy Maven

Don’t just use your cornbread for your stuffing. This scrumptious cornbread bruschetta is gluten-free and vegan, and sure to be a perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving.

2. Mini Bean and Cheese Molletes

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Mini Molletes de Frijoles (Mexican Bruschetta with Beans) Photo by All recipes

Slice a baguette into rounds and start adding your toppings. These mini bean and cheese molletes are bite-sized morsels that never fail to fill your tummy and warm your heart.

3. Spicy Sweet Potato Pumpkins

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Spicy Sweet Potato Pumpkins Photo by She Knows

These spicy sweet potato pumpkin bites will allow the whole family to savor the flavors of the season, especially during the festive Thanksgiving feast.

4. Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

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Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms Photo by Prep Green

Spinach and mushrooms are my favorites, so these spinach stuffed mushrooms will not be missing from my Thanksgiving table. Serve it too!

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5. Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

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Crab Stuffed Mushrooms Photo by Lou Lou Girls

Another take on making mushrooms more appetizing: crab stuffed mushrooms. Pretty sure your guests will be drooling over these decadent bites.

6. Apple Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

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Apple Cranberry Turkey Meatballs Photo by Erin [Well Plated]

These super delicious meatballs are like Thanksgiving in one bite. The whole family will love the sweet, juicy, and tangy flavor of these apple cranberry turkey meatballs.

7. Sweet Potato Hummus

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Sweet Potato Hummus Photo by Smile Sandwich

This sweet potato hummus will help you cut down on calories and fat since it uses Greek yogurt. Don’t forget the pita chips!

8. Brussels Sprout Sliders

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Brussels Sprout Sliders Photo by Food Fitness Fresh Air

Whether you are planning a vegetarian Thanksgiving or not, these adorable healthy brussels sprout sliders are sure to impress. Who knew brussels sprouts would make great mini burger buns, right? It’s a must-serve!

9. Spiced Paleo Apple Dip

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Spiced Paleo Apple Dip Photo by Great Food and Lifestyle

Go Paleo with this a healthy and delicious snack! It doesn’t get healthier than fruit, right? Don’t miss this spiced Paleo apple dip at your family holiday feast.

10. Coconut-Crusted Brie-Stuffed Quinoa Bites

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Coconut-Crusted Brie-Stuffed Quinoa Bites Photo by Half Baked Harvest

Love quinoa? You’ll enjoy it so much more when transformed into these coconut-crusted brie-stuffed quinoa bites. A tiny bite which is superbly stuffed with ooey-gooey brie.

11. Crazy Greek Feta, Sun-Dried Tomato and Pistachio Truffles

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Crazy Greek Feta, Sun-Dried Tomato and Pistachio Truffles Photo by Half Baked Harvest

Looking for a unique Mediterranean flavor? These crazy Greek feta, sun-dried tomato, and pistachio truffles will be just the thing you’re looking for. It’s cheesy, salty, and delicious! What more could you ask for?

12. Butternut Squash Pizza

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Caramelized Butternut Squash & Roasted Tomato Flatbread Photo by Imma Eat That

Did you ever consider that pizza could be healthy, and finger food-sized, too? This butternut squash pizza will give you a big punch of flavor that’s impressive, considering its tiny size.

13. Spinach Puffs

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Spinach Puffs Photo by Deliciously Declassified

These spinach puffs are super easy to make. You can even make them ahead and keep them frozen until you’re ready to warm and serve.

14. Spinach Balls

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Spinach Balls Photo by The Kitchen Is My Playground

This will make you consider eating your greens. With a combination of spinach and stuffing mix, who can dare to resist? I’m sure everyone in your gathering will love these spinach balls.

15. Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf

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Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed With Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf Photo by One Green Planet

This roasted acorn squash stuffed with quinoa mushroom pilaf give you both fall flavors and a gorgeous plate for your Thanksgiving feast. Make sure to give your guests a heads up–they may spend way too much time taking photos of this dish for Instagram, it will go cold!

16. Classic Deviled Eggs

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Classic Deviled Egg Recipe Photo by Cherished Bliss

Nothing beats tradition! Make these classic deviled eggs for Thanksgiving and keep it plain and simple without jeopardizing the Thanksgiving flavor.

17. Sweet Potato Cakes

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Sweet Potato Cakes With Black Bean Salsa Photo by A Dash of Sanity

Make a batch of these sweet potato cakes and don’t forget to top them off with the awesome black bean salsa! It elevates your ordinary sweet potato, that’s for sure.

Looking for vegetarian Thanksgiving appetizers? Lucky you! This video from Edgy Veg features 3 easy vegan appetizers you can whip up and serve on Thanksgiving:

WOW, so good! Have your family and friends gather around with any of these healthy appetizer ideas for Thanksgiving while dinner is cooking. Serve 2 or more from this list of healthy appetizer ideas for Thanksgiving to kick off your dinner feast. We have a pretty good feeling these healthy Thanksgiving appetizers will be a huge hit!

What do you think of these healthy appetizer ideas for Thanksgiving? Which one will you try? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 14, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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