Autumn appetizer recipes full of flavor and nutritional benefits

WWhile summer is all about cooking, barbecuing, and sable, fall celebrates foods that warm you from the inside out. Slightly sweet butternut squash, caramel-roasted carrots, apple spiced with cinnamon… Eating your way through the season is pure fun—and even more so when you share it with loved ones.

Whether you’re cooking just for a couple of friends or getting ready for a bigger gathering (still being aware of COVID-19 precautions, of course), appetizers are a must. We rounded up 10 recipes for fall appetizers made with the best seasonal ingredients, which just happen to be packed with as many nutritional benefits as flavour. With these good dishes, no one in your house will go hungry. The only dilemma is trying to make room to get in!

Keep reading for 10 fall appetizer recipes to try this season.

Photo: Sweet Potato Soul

1. Kale Kimchi Salad

Sure, you can make a classic kale, or you can give your vegetables a seasonal twist with this recipe. It contains pumpkin seeds and sweet potatoes, making the most of two delicious fall foods. It also contains kimchi and fennel, both of which are packed with gut-healthy benefits.

Get the recipe: Kale Kimchi Salad

2. Beet and squash salad

This is another salad that makes seasonal produce a star and is packed with brain- and heart-healthy antioxidants. Coriander, cilantro, and lemon peel lend flavor in beets, squash, and watercress, adding the perfect finishing touch.

3. Squash dip

Another way to serve squash is to blend it into a delicious dip. In this recipe, it is mixed with coconut yogurt, tahini, and hemp seeds. It also contains ashwagandha, an herb known to reduce stress. Get ready to welcome your party guests truly relaxation!

fall appetizer recipes
Photo: Fannetastic Food

4. Pumpkin Bean Dip

You already know that pumpkin pairs well with warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, but the fun fact is that it tastes delicious with beans, too. (This recipe uses a combination of black beans and cannellini.) Talk about a delicious way to get fiber and protein!

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Dip

Autumn sweet potato appetizer recipes
Photo: a couple of chefs

5. Loaded sweet potato slices

Really, who doesn’t love sweet potatoes—especially when they’re topped with a little cheese, hot sauce, and green onions? You may want to make a few batches of these rounds because they will definitely go fast.

Get the recipe: Loaded Sweet Potato Slices

Cinnamon apple
Photo: JoyFood Sunshine

6. Cinnamon apple

If you’re looking for a fall appetizer recipe that’s a bit sweeter than tastier, this is it—and it only takes 15 minutes to prepare. All you need is apples, butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, sea salt, and vanilla.

Get the recipe: Cinnamon Apples

7. Beet hummus

All the beets in season are falling long and incorporating them into the hummus makes a great fall application. Watch the video above to see exactly how it’s done. Pro tip: Use roasted garlic cloves, not garlic powder. It will make the flavor more intense.

Roasted carrot dip
Photo: a busy kitchen

8. Roasted carrot dip

Like beets, carrots are another seasoning vegetable that will add irresistible vibe to your hummus bowl. Here, paprika, cumin, and chili powder are combined, giving the dip a complex, smoky and slightly sweet taste.

Get the recipe: Roasted Carrot Sauce

Carrot and cheese balls
Photo: easy cheesy vegan

9. Cut carrots and cheese

These bites will appeal to everyone from little kids to your grandparents – there’s no age limit to love carrots and cheese! It only takes 30 minutes to cook, which is good because your guests may ask for more.

Get the recipe: Carrot and Cheese Chop

brussels cabbage chips
Photo: Sweet Simple Vegan

10. Air fryer brussels sprouts chips

Sure, you can put in a bag of chips and call it a day, or you can offer this high-fiber alternative. Instead of seasoning it with salt only, use garlic powder to give flavor without adding sodium.

Get the recipe: Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

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