Five recipes for light and healthy appetizers that can whet your appetite without adding calories

One of the great pleasures in life is to start a gathering with family or friends with an aperitif. It gives us a chance to relax and talk until the food is ready, and we whet our appetite with them.

As explained in Directo al Paladar, if we want to get to the table without hunger and excess calories by eating only appetizers, we must choose them wisely and “avoid snacks of a more addictive nature (such as fried and salted nuts, chips or crackers) , avoid the very hearty ones and leave aside commercial sauces and very salty cheeses, for example, which are saltier and less recommended, especially in summer.

That’s why we will choose light snackshydrating and calorie-free pre-meal snacks to enjoy a healthy weekend snack without worrying about overeating, starting with the simplest: some melon skewers with crispy ham.


If there is a summer recipe that is melon with ham, but we will give it extra elegance with crispy ham. For the melon we use a ball like this and for the crispy one we just have to follow the directions of the Directo al Paladar recipe and dry it in the microwave, that device in which we can make so many recipes.

Fackelmann Bolero Melon, Polypropylene, Grey/Orange/INOX

Fackelmann Bolero Melon, Polypropylene, Grey/Orange/INOX

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Goat cheese dip with marinated apricots

Goat cheese dip with marinated apricots

This summer recipe for goat cheese spread with apricots as the stars is perfect add fruit to our diet in a different way (as in this selection of fruit recipes). Instead of accompanying it with nachos or derivatives, we can put homemade pita and vegetable croutons.

Beet gazpacho

We love Cordovan salmorejo, but because it contains bread, it can be more filling and is better as an appetizer than as an appetizer. Instead this beetroot gazpacho it is light and we can serve it in glasses to make it a shot, not a full plate. At Directo al Paladar they offer us two more gazpachos that you can see in the video.


Set of 6 drinking glasses Natalia El Corte Inglés.

Set of 6 drinking glasses Natalia El Corte Inglés.

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White asparagus hummus

White asparagus hummus

We continue with the spreads, this time with a white asparagus hummus that retains the tahini and substitute some of the cooked chickpeas for the asparagus canned, lightening the calories and giving it a twist in the recipe.

Roasted cauliflower with turmeric

Cauliflower in the oven with turmeric

These roasted cauliflower florets with turmeric are the perfect substitute for French fries and derivatives. A vegan, low calorie and tasty snackwhich makes a splash with the most classic appetizers.

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