15 Simple Starters

From vegetable spreads to spring rolls, our favorite warm-weather appetizers.

Crab Spring Rolls

Crab Spring Rolls
For making spring rolls, most Vietnamese-American home cooks use the spongy, wheat-based wrappers called TYJ Spring Roll Pastry, which are made by the Spring Home company. They're available frozen at most Asian food stores.André Baranowski

Salmon Tartare on Potato Crisps

This recipe for creamy and piquant salmon tartare comes from Jeremy Marshall, the owner of New York's Aquagrill restaurant. The ingredients include a combination of capers, red onion, and dijon mustard, which give the dish an assertive kick. Get the recipe »Andrea Baranowski
See the RecipeChristopher Hirsheimer
Ricotta and Olive Crostini

Ricotta Crostini with Black Olives, Lemon Zest, and Mint

The combination of lemon zest, flavorful olives, and refreshing mint gives this crostini a Mediterranean twist.André Baranowski

Mussels with White Wine, Parsley, and Garlic

This recipe for mussels steamed with wine is based on one from Resto, a Belgian restaurant in New York City.Andre Baranowski

Chinese Minced Chicken Wraps

This recipe was given to us by Bee Yin Low, who writes the blog Rasa Malaysia. See the recipe for Chinese Minced Chicken Wraps »James Oseland