Smoky veggie nachos on a platter

Healthy party food ideas

Discover our favourite nutritious party food recipes, from tempting canapés and nibbles to buffet-style sharing dishes, plus tasty free-from options.

When you’re planning a party spread, it can be easy to overload the buffet table with high-calorie options. But, there are plenty of delicious party-friendly recipes that are good for you, too. Read on to discover our top-rated healthy party food ideas.

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Smoky veggie nachos

Invite your guests to tuck into this colourful platter of vegetarian nachos with black beans, red peppers and a fresh tomato salsa. This dish provides plenty of folate, fibre and vitamin C, as well as delicious flavour and crunch in every bite.

Smoky veggie nachos

Turkey cobb salad

Who said salad had to be boring? We’ve loaded up this party platter with soft-set eggs, crisp pancetta, lean turkey breast, avocados, tomatoes and crunchy chicory. Serve with a tangy, mustardy dressing, and et voilà! A buffet-friendly salad everyone will want to try.

Turkey cobb salad

Pan puris

This Indian-style street food recipe makes for a great party snack. Crisp bread is filled with spicy chickpeas and potato, and finished with a drizzle of herb water. Serve in an assortment of bowls and let your guests assemble on their own. 

Pan puris

Rainbow winter dips & crudités

Eat a rainbow of fruit and veg with this beautiful selection of creamy dips paired with crunchy baby carrots, radishes and cucumbers. We’ve provided plenty of options for party guests, so they can choose from a creamy butternut squash hummus, caramelised onion & chive dip or miso beetroot dip with cashew butter.

Rainbow winter dips & crudités

Curried fishcake bites

Healthy, low-fat and low in calories, these spicy fishcakes make a fabulous addition to any canapé selection, and can be easily eaten as they’re served on cocktail sticks. Make one batch of fishcakes, then pair half with mango and cucumber and the other half with tomato and coriander, so guests can choose their favourite or try one of each.

Curried fishcake bites

Mexican pulled chicken & beans

Keen to feed your guests well without breaking the bank? This budget-friendly sharing platter could be just the ticket. Using bone-in chicken thighs bulked out with canned black and kidney beans helps keep costs down, while chipotle paste adds plenty of flavour at a pinch. Serve with crunchy tortilla chips and wedges of lime for extra zest.

Mexican pulled chicken & beans

Beetroot & rye tartines

These clever open sandwiches look lovely on a platter and provide perfect finger food for a party. Three-grain bread provides a filling, fibre-rich base for pastrami and gherkins or mackerel and red onion toppings. They’re low in calories, but pack a real flavour punch in every mouthful.

Beetroot & rye tartines

Smoky spiced veggie rice

This colourful bowl is a vegan take on a jambalaya, and is bursting with nutritious vegetables such as sweetcorn, carrots, peppers and tomatoes. It’s healthy and low in fat and calories, but still full of flavour.

Smoky spiced veggie rice

Stuffed cocktail eggs

These high-protein bites are healthy and will save you some time. Make one batch of stuffed eggs, then add salmon and dill or a chorizo crumb. You can make them up to a day ahead and chill until you’re ready to serve, giving you more time to pop open the bubbly.

Stuffed cocktail eggs

Kisir

This colourful grain salad makes an attractive addition to any buffet table, and is flavoured with cumin, chilli and mint, along with crunchy walnuts and juicy pomegranate seeds. It’s super-healthy and vegan, too.

Kisir

More healthy party inspiration

How to make healthy food choices at parties
Healthy Christmas party recipes
Healthy dinner party ideas
Our favourite healthy dip recipes
Healthy Christmas buffet collection
Healthier canapé ideas


This article was published on 5th December 2019.

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