Quick-Fix Summer Appetizers

It's summer, which means impromptu patio parties are here! From mini Mexican tortas and crisp avocado fries to fruit-decked flatbreads and more, we've got quick and easy appetizer recipes to help you get outside and out of the kitchen.

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    Fresh Arugula Bruschetta

    Party tonight? Hit the bakery for a loaf of French bread, then slice, toast, and smear with lush goat cheese, tart lemon peel, and leafy arugula. A sprinkling of sea salt gives the bruschetta a coastal twist.

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    Corn-Peach Salad

    Eat colorfully! A bowl of fresh corn-peach salad is sure to brighten up your backyard gathering. The totally in-season starter features pretty pink radishes, chopped mint, and a tangy vinegar dressing.

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    Watermelon Gazpacho

    Tomato, cucumber, and watermelon meet in this fresh garden gazpacho that's brimming with lip-smacking lime and tangy dill. Just toss all of the ingredients in the blender and slurp away.

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    Chicken, Brie, and Nectarine Flatbread

    A swipe of peach preserves adds instant sweetness to Brie-draped, chicken-topped flatbread. Use purchased roasted chicken for extra speedy prep time.

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    Citrus Salad

    Candylike slices of grapefruit and clementine meet cool lettuce and flaky coconut in this gorgeous island salad. Toss in orange-infused oil along with a dab of Dijon to finish.

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    Seared Scallop Tequila Shooters

    Break out the shot glasses and fill 'em to the brim with mango-pineapple puree, tequila, and skewered chipotle scallops for a fun and fiery start to your summer fiesta.

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    Quick-Roasted Salt-and-Pepper Shrimp

    Shrimp cocktail is so yesterday. Pop a tray of fresh, oil-coated shrimp in the oven for 8 minutes, then sprinkle with salt and pepper for a twist that's delicious enough without a dip.

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    Cucumber-Honeydew Salad with Feta

    A tart squeeze of lemon keeps this cucumber-melon salad fresh as can be, while chopped onion and dill add sharp umami goodness. Sweeten up the 20-minute salad with a spoonful of honey.

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    Avocado Fries

    Avocado fries? Oh, yes! With just 10 minutes of prep and 10 minutes to bake, these stellar starters are perfect for a spontaneous party. Sprinkle with chili powder if you prefer them spicy.

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    Herbed Crab Salad

    Give a carton of purchased crab salad a snappy-fast makeover by mixing in almonds and fresh parsley. Scoop the new-and-improved spread on pumpernickel party bread or an assortment of your favorite crackers.

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    Sweet Yogurt Fruit Dip

    Turn that plain yogurt hiding in your fridge into a delightful summer dip. Simply stir in maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg, then slice up some fruit and dunk away!

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    Trend Alert: Tortas!

    Check out the new Mexican sandwich trend you won't want to miss!

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    Mini Mexican Tortas

    Tortas are hot right now. Get a mini fix of the Mexican specialty sandwich with a plate of our slider-size versions. Overflowing with avocado, pork, and pickled peppers, what's not to love?

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    Five-Spice Beef Kabobs

    These easy steak skewers taste delicious two ways: soaked in soy and sprinkled in Chinese five-spice powder, or slathered with a bottle of BBQ and hot chile powder. Plus, there's a quick homemade dip that's made for each!

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    Pico de Gallo Salsa

    A quick chop of tomatoes, onions, and chile peppers creates a snappy salsa that's ideal for any spur-of-the-moment fiesta. Be sure to stir in snipped fresh cilantro to heighten the flavors.

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    Grilled Banana Bites

    Why not start on a sweet note? Give sliced bananas a quick turn on the grill, then layer atop chocolate-smeared butter cookies for an appetizer you can't resist. Clouds of whipped cream and toasty hazelnuts top them all off.

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    Quick Fruit Salsa

    Grab your spoons and scoop out some kiwi! The green berry makes a sweet base for this summer salsa. Cucumber provides slight crunch, while avocado adds smooth creaminess.

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    Plantain Fries

    Anything-but-potato fries are totally trendy right now. Here, we use plaintains, banana's slightly sweet cousin. Be sure to choose green, unblemished ones for these fries.

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    Corn Cups (Esquites)

    It's not summer without fresh-off-the-cob corn! Toss slabs of the golden in-season veggie in crema, queso fresco, and ancho chile pepper for a tantalizing Mexican spin.

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    Tomato-Mozzarella Toss

    Add Mediterranean flair to your dinner menu with a light and garlicky tomato-mozzarella salad. Make the fresh appetizer mid- to late summer when tomatoes are at their juiciest.

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    Gorgonzola-Thyme-Stuffed Olives

    Though small in size, olives are bursting with salty umami flavor. Tame their intensity with a cream-cheese-base Gorgonzola filling featuring fresh thyme and pepper.

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