Summertime has the great advantage of having an abundance of fresh produce. Turn all those lovely fruits and vegetables you pick up from the farmers' market into amazing and easy no-cook appetizers you can serve at cookouts, big celebrations like 4th of July or casual outdoor get togethers.
The prep time for these cool treats isn't too long: check out these easy no-cook appetizers and you'll have plenty of energy left over for enjoy the company of friends and family.
Make an indulgent no-cook appetizer by slicing avocados in half and stuffing then with creamy gorgonzola cheese, sour cream, nuts and a squeeze of lemon.
Hummus with Crackers and Herbed Cheese
Prepare a no-cook party platter (pictured up top) with homemade hummus on the side, your favorite crackers, and soft cream cheese jazzed up with parsley, mint and thyme.
Parma Ham and Figs
Take advantage of fig season and pair this sensual fruit with thinly sliced prosciutto, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and fragrant basil leaves. This Italian appetizer is the perfect blend of sweet and savory.
Cold Cucumber Soup
Prepare little shooters of this chilled cucumber soup and you've got an easy crowd-pleasing appetizer. A simple garnish of chopped red bell pepper and pumpkin seeds adds color and crunch.
Nothing says summer like a refreshing salad made with ripe juicy tomatoes. The salad gets a nice zing from arugula, radicchio and capers while shaved parmesan adds an elegant touch.