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The Best No-Carb Wedding Appetizers

There comes a time in every wedding planning process when your big day stops being about you and your fiancé and starts being about your guests’ dietary restrictions. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that day is today. Whether you’re now responsible for catering to the gluten-intolerant or keto-dieters (or you count yourself among them), we’ve got you covered with this round up of healthy, Plunge-Approved hors-d’oeuvres that are seriously lacking in carbs. We even threw in a few vegetarian options for all the herbivores out there that might be attending. And yes, these all taste good too.

By Kayla Kibbe

Greek Salad Skewers

Plate of Greek salad skewers

Keep things on the lighter side with these Greek salad skewers. Tomato, cucumber, olives, and feta are pretty much all you need for this simple, no-carb appetizer. This salad on a stick (or skewer, if we’re keeping it classy) works for vegetarian guests as well.

Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites

Plate of smoked salmon on cucumber slices

What do you do when you’re craving crostini but not carbs? Swap out the bread for a cool slice of cucumber. Savory smoked salmon pairs well with the refreshing veggie base for a damn fine carb-free canapé.

Watermelon Feta Mint Skewers

Watermelon and feta on skewers

Ideal for a summer wedding, these fruity and flavorful skewers are fun and refreshing with a touch of class. Fresh feta and cool mint pair with watermelon for a delicious vegetarian hors-d’oeuvre that will whet appetites and cater to just about everyone’s dietary needs.

Caprese Bites

Tomato, basil, and mozzarella appetizers

There’s pretty much nothing caprese can’t do. It’s a simple and fresh flavor combo that just about everybody loves. Keep it carb-free (and vegetarian) by skipping the crostini base and sticking to the basics. Just tomato, feta, and basil with a balsamic drizzle is all you need.

Prosciutto Wrapped Pears with Blue Cheese

Pear slices with blue cheese on skewers

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the meat lovers. These prosciutto wrapped pears are sweet, savory, and elegant while remaining low-carb. Although these hors-d’oeuvres are definitely not for your vegetarian guests, they’re a great option for any carb-conscious meat lovers.

Blackened Shrimp Avocado Cucumber Bites

Shrimp appetizer on cucumber slices

Yes, another cucumber crostini. The principle is the same, but this time with blackened shrimp and avocado on a crisp slice of cucumber. Full of flavor, low on carbs, and fully Instagrammable (if you’re the kind of person who insists on showing people what you just ate). This cucumber crostini hack is also totally customizable, so feel free to try it out with any of your favorite toppings or modify for vegetarian/vegan options.


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