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Garlic Shrimp on Jicama Crostini with Mango Salsa ...

This just might be the most delicious heart-healthy appetizer you’ve ever tried. It will dazzle your guests, while the fruits and vegetables will dazzle your heart with their ability to reduce hypertension, heart disease and stroke. This medley of flavors is different from anything you’ve ever tasted, and guaranteed to please.

Cantaloupe Crostini with Avocado Blueberry Relish ...

This is a perfect summer appetizer for a garden cocktail party or backyard barbecue. These bite-sized treats have a great combination of creamy avocado, sweet melon and blueberries with spicy jalapeno. The crunchy turkey bacon adds just the right touch of texture and salt while still being heart-healthy.

Use any kind of melon you can find that is fresh and local. Honeydew or watermelon would be great with this relish. Also experiment with other fruit such as blackberries or dried cranberries.

Zucchini Dip

Do you always wonder what to do with the plethora of zucchini in your garden every summer? Here’s an innovative new take on traditional hummus that is zesty, delicious and great for your heart. Make a big batch and freeze it for a refreshing treat in the dead of winter.

Try this with summer squash or experiment with different citrus. Use lime juice with a dash of cumin or add fresh herbs like basil or tarragon. For a bit of nutty creaminess add a spoonful of tahini.

Yellow Split Pea Dip with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Split peas are a perfect legume to make into a dip because they have a natural sweetness that creates a complex nutty flavor. The extra virgin olive oil adds a layer of silkiness and depth that is amazing and great for your heart. Make sure you use a high quality olive oil for maximum flavor and healing properties. Whip this up in minutes for an impromptu gathering or a weekend movie night with the family. You’ll never have to buy fatty ranch dips or salty pre-made bean dips again when you add this simple recipe to your repertoire.

Try different combinations of flavors in this easy dip like curry powder and turmeric, thyme and a splash of lemon juice or rosemary and roasted garlic.