Whether you're entertaining in style or simply feeding the family, kick off the festivities with these elegant and crowd-pleasing holiday appetizers. Our collection of holiday starters boasts flavors that feel indulgent but healthier ingredients so you can survive holiday gatherings without overdoing it. We skip sodium-heavy ingredients and lower the carb quotient for a boatload of recipes that are lower in fat and calories than their traditional counterparts but look and taste just as great.
Orange Salad with Arugula and Oil-Cured Olives
This minty salad makes a refreshing first course for a holiday feast. Every component of the salad can be prepared and ready to serve well in advance. Make the dressing several hours or even a day ahead; just bring to room temperature before tossing with arugula. Buy washed and ready-to-use arugula. It takes time to peel and slice the oranges, so do that ahead, arranging the oranges on a plate and covering with plastic wrap. If you can find fresh blood oranges, they make a stunning presentation.