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Low-Cholesterol Christmas Party Appetizers, Dips, and Salads

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Updated November 24, 2010

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Looking for low-cholesterol Christmas party appetizers that won't have you locked in the kitchen for hours? Try these tasty temptations for a low-cholesterol Christmas party that will delight your guests without hurting your heart.

Appetizers and Dips

Tapenade
Tip: Omit anchovy and rinse capers with water to reduce sodium content of this meal and make it even more heart-healthy.

Apple Mint Chutney

Tip: Add ½ tablespoon of ground cinnamon to add extra antioxidants to this delicious chutney.

Corn Salsa
Tip: Alternate blue corn and whole wheat tortilla chips for a colorful party presentation.

Low Fat Hot Artichoke Dip

Tip: Select a variety of whole wheat crackers to accompany party dips.

Fat-Free Black Bean Dip

Tip: Use both salsa verde (green salsa) and traditional (red) for a holiday look.

Low-Fat Red Pepper Dip

Tip: Serve red pepper, black bean, and artichoke dip alongside one another as a holiday "dip bar" your guests will love. (These dips can be easily made ahead and re-heated the day of your party).

Low-Fat Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Tip: Use natural peanut butter in this recipe to avoid hydrogenated oils common in standard peanut butters.

Salads

This red and green Low-Fat Mediterranean Salad makes for a colorful, low-cholesterol salad.

A second red and green salad for your holiday, this Tomato Cucumber Salad is the perfect way to begin a meal.

Use whole grain bread for Low-Fat Croutons that are a healthier alternative to the standard version.

This information does not replace the advice of your doctor.

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