Our Best No-Cook Appetizers for Easy Party Prep
Marinated Mozzarella with Basil
Looking for classic no-cook Italian appetizers with mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinegar in the mix? This one has it all. Hint: Choose fresh mozzarella pearls so the cheese is already bite-size. If you like, you can skip the crackers, put out some picks, and transform these nibbles into no-cook toothpick appetizers.
Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Cucumber sandwiches are the go-to for afternoon tea gatherings. But these easy no-cook appetizers with a generous slather of garlic and herb soft cheese are equally well-suited to martinis as they are to tea. Pair these sandwiches with your most dashing summer cocktails and let the party begin.
Smoky Cheese Ball
If you’re tasked with finding easy no-cook appetizers for a crowd, consider one of our great cheese ball recipes! Here’s a favorite that makes a whopping 56 servings (assuming guests can stop at 1 tablespoon). Plus, varying the coating options for each cheese ball gives you three no-cook party appetizers in one recipe.
You can search for hours for all kinds of no-cook appetizer ideas, but trust us: You’ll never find anything easier or more eye-catching than a charcuterie platter. It’s not about cooking—it’s about shopping. Simply score the best ingredients you can, including meats, cheeses, olives, and nuts, and arrange them in the prettiest way possible.
Layered Greek Dip
Purchased ingredients make easy no-cook appetizer recipes even easier! That’s the case with this hummus. Pick up a container of packaged hummus and chop some other ingredients, including Kalamata olives, feta, and fresh veggies, and your store-bought appetizer gets a whole new look and flavor.
Test Kitchen Tip: Prepitted Kalamata olives will cut down on prep time. If they’re not available, here’s how to pit Kalamata olives.
Gorgonzola-Thyme Stuffed Olives
Mediterranean Salmon Spread
When you’re rounding up a menu of no-cook appetizers for parties, be sure to include a few make-ahead options. This luscious five-ingredient dip fills the bill—you can make it up to 24 hours in advance. Plus, like many great party dips, it tastes best after it has been refrigerated at least a couple hours to let the flavors meld.
Four-Cheese Pimiento Dip
Put this rich, four-cheese dip high on your list of no-cook appetizers for a potluck. It makes 5 cups, which (according to our trusty party appetizers calculator) is about 40 servings. The combo of sharp and creamy cheeses, peppy spices, and colorful stir-ins will garner the rave reviews that every cook secretly hopes to hear.
Ranch Deviled Eggs
Viola Tea Sandwiches
These pretty-as-can-be tea sandwiches are terrific no-cook appetizers for potlucks and other gatherings. You might have to go to a specialty food store to find violas or other edible flowers, but it's worth it: You can be sure these cool, crisp, and creamy bites will stand out on the appetizer table!
With colorful bites of this and that, these antipasto kabobs are the ultimate no-cook toothpick appetizers! Simply skewer some of the best elements of a classic antipasti platter and get them marinating in the fridge for extra flavor. That’s right: There’s a make-ahead angle here, and we love it.
Smoked Trout Bites
This smoky spread is one of those simple no-cook appetizer recipes that can be served ASAP or refrigerated up to a day.
Test Kitchen Tip: You’ll probably have some marbled rye bread left over. Use some slices to make these tasty Prosciutto and Grape Grilled Cheese sandwiches to enjoy the day after your gathering.
Smoked Salmon Appetizers
Add a dash of elegance to the gathering with smoked salmon. It’s easier than it looks—simply stir together a relish, arrange the rest of the ingredients on a platter, and let everyone assemble their own appetizer.
Test Kitchen Tip: To keep this in the easy no-cook appetizers camp, simply serve with crackers. Or, if you have a few minutes to spare, here’s how to bake pita chips to perfection.
Avocado with Prosciutto
Here’s one of our best and easiest no-cook appetizers in the prosciutto category. Simply cut avocados into wedges, then wrap the wedges with prosciutto. Drizzle with a make-ahead dressing and get ready for the compliments. While these bites make great no-cook appetizers for parties, consider serving them another time on a bed of dressed lettuce as an elegant sit-down first course.
Marinated Manchego and Oranges
Macadamia Nut Hummus
Over the years, classic hummus has become a staple—one of those no-cook appetizer recipes you see again and again on party tables. This version shakes things up in a major way by using buttery-rich macadamia nuts instead of chickpeas.