Three bowls of tomato soup, with spinach pinwheels on the side

Healthy starter recipes

From steaming bowls of homemade soup to vibrant salads, crispy fritters and Indian-style snacks, check out our favourite healthy starter ideas.

9 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Rustle up this budget-friendly, healthy soup for a nourishing, easy midweek meal. It's packed with kale, chickpeas, sweet potato and plenty of flavour

35 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
11 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Dig out the chipotle paste and make this punchy smoky tomato, chipotle and charred sweetcorn soup. An easy midweek meal, you can freeze any leftovers 

40 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
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5 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Make the most of pumpkin season in early autumn with this healthy vegan pumpkin soup. Toast the pumpkin seeds and use as a garnish to add texture

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
8 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

Enjoy this vegetable-packed tomato soup for a lovely light family meal, with leftovers for the next day. Serve with bread or our Cheese, Marmite & spinach pinwheels

1 hr
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
4 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

Make this broccoli and pea soup for lunch or to serve as a starter, and top it with minty ricotta and pine nuts. A healthy dish, it delivers three of your five-a-day

45 mins
Easy
Healthy
55 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Get three of your 5-a-day in one serving with this healthy, low-calorie tomato soup. The addition of meatballs and giant couscous means it's filling, too

20 mins
Easy
Healthy
23 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Pack in the goodness with this vibrant green soup, packed with leeks, peas and watercress. It's tasty and healthy too, both low in calories and fat

32 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
41 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Simmer haddock, potatoes, milk, onion and parsley to make this comforting soup. Serve with crusty bread for a filling lunch or supper

40 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
9 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Serve these padron peppers as a side dish or starter in a Spanish feast. They're super-simple to make, requiring little prep and just five minutes of cooking

5 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
3 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Serve this strawberry, tomato and watercress salad as a side, or simply on its own as a light lunch. Pink peppercorns in the dressing give a gentle spice

12 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
15 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Unlock the flavours of cauliflower with a red pepper, olive and caper salsa, topped with almonds. Healthy and vegan, it makes a tasty light lunch or supper

35 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
16 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Whip up this quick and healthy asparagus, pea and egg salad and you'll get plenty of nutrients including vitamin C and iron, plus three of your 5-a-day

20 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
6 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Throw a Halloween party and use a carved out pumpkin to make this creamy hummus. At other times of the year use butternut squash or a blue-skinned pumpkin

1 hr
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
14 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Roast the veg on a quiet day and freeze it, then later in the week you can use it to whip up these healthy, gluten-free fritters in just half an hour

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
140 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Keep these nutty chicken satay strips in the fridge for a healthy choice when you're peckish. The chicken is served with cucumber and sweet chilli sauce

20 mins
Easy
Healthy
8 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This pakora recipe from Jaswinder Gill produces perfectly spiced and crispy Indian snacks. Ideal for a family feast, serve with your favourite chutney

50 mins
More effort
Healthy
Vegan
7 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

A healthy baked carrot alternative to much-loved Indian side dish onion bhajis. Serve these golden, crispy snacks as part of a thali or curry feast

55 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
12 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

These Mexican inspired party nibbles are filled with spicy chipotle chicken and peppers - make ahead for fuss-free entertaining

43 mins
Easy
Healthy
4 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Clever nibbles that are ideal for sharing. Top Middle Eastern flatbreads with aubergines, herbs and tahini

50 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
44 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

A satisfying vegetarian supper that packs in 4 of your 5-a-day. Stuff peppers with cream cheese, beans, aubergine and feta

35 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
4 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

A British green salad with plenty of bite from crisp radishes, sugar snap peas, asparagus and Little Gem lettuce

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
5 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Have a go at making your own Indian starter - these vegetarian flatbreads come with a fruity yogurt sauce

1 hr and 5 mins
More effort
Healthy
5 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

A big platter of these tomatoes goes well with grilled meat or fish, or makes a lovely starter

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
7 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

These little starters tick all the boxes - healthy, quick and incredibly moreish!

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
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