20+ Appetizers for Pizza [Adult Pizza Night Finger Foods, Salads]

February 4, 2024

20+ Appetizers for Pizza [Adult Pizza Night Finger Foods, Salads]



Bookmark this list of appetizers for pizza – a curated collection of delicious recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers (including myself)! We’re here to help you with your adult pizza night appetizer ideas.

These appetizer recipes are great for any occasion, but especially perfect for pizza night and/or an Italian feast!

Whether you crave the zest of marinated olives, the saltiness of soft pretzel bites, or the freshness of caprese salad, this set of appetizers for pizza will satisfy every palate.

There’s such a diverse array of options when it comes to what goes well with pizza as a side. If you’re looking for a crisp and refreshing starter to contrast the rich flavors of pizza, an antipasto salad or Italian chopped Brussels sprouts salad are great choices!

Classic small bites and finger foods such as crispy, saucy wings (chicken and cauliflower), burrata bruschetta, and cheesy garlic bread also go well with pizza as a side. These along with your favorite dipping sauces and you’re set!

Whether you’re making homemade pizza (tips on this below the recipes) or ordering in, this selection of appetizers for pizza is exactly what you’ll need to elevate your adult pizza night experience. ⤴️

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Air fryer Italian sliders on a black plate with a side of marinara sauce.

Air Fryer Italian Sliders – Heavenly Spiced

Italian meats, cheeses, and pickled peppers are sandwiched between sweet rolls, topped with garlic butter, then cooked in the air fryer. Marinara for dipping!

Appetizers for Pizza - Prosciutto Bruschetta

Prosciutto Bruschetta with Basil Drizzle – Art of Natural Living

Prosciutto Bruschetta is a tasty appetizer of crunchy French bread topped with smoky prosciutto, creamy mozzarella, and savory basil oil. Even better, it’s quick and easy!

Viral Tiktok Grinder Salad - Appetizers for Pizza

Grinder Salad – Simply Made Eats

This Grinder Salad is loaded with fresh ingredients and all types of Italian meats! It’s easy to make and pairs perfectly with pizza.

crispy cauliflower bites with a side of homemade buttermilk ranch dressing on a silver tray lined with paper.

Crispy Cauliflower Bites [Healthier Air Fryer Recipe] – Heavenly Spiced

These crispy cauliflower bites dipped in homemade buttermilk ranch dressing are the perfect small-bites vegetarian appetizer for game day and a lighter appetizer to enjoy before pizza. Choose to eat them plain or toss/drizzle with hot sauce or BBQ sauce! More on this in the recipe

Appetizers for Pizza - Easy Garlic Cheese Bread

Easy Garlic Cheese Bread – Modern Honey

Warm bread toasted and slathered with garlic butter and melted ooey gooey cheese. Everyone’s favorite appetizer!

Buffalo Chicken Wings - Appetizers for Pizza

Buffalo Chicken Wings – Chew Out Loud

This Honey Sriracha Buffalo Chicken Wings recipe is stunningly crispy and flavorful. Plus, they’re oven-baked, not fried! A couple of secret ingredients boost the crispiness of these finger-licking great chicken wings. This buffalo wings sauce is amazing!

Protein pasta salad in a glass bowl with a bottle of lemon parsley vinaigrette.

Protein Pasta Salad with Chicken – Heavenly Spiced

This Protein Pasta Salad features Barilla Protein+ pasta, chunks of seasoned chicken breast, a bright and flavorful lemon herb vinaigrette, marinated artichoke hearts, cucumbers, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese.

Italian Chopped Brussel Sprouts Salad - Appetizers for Pizza

Italian Chopped Brussels Sprouts Salad – Shutter + Mint

This salad is so awesome! If you thought Brussels sprouts were just for roasting, you’d be wrong – they make a *fantastic* salad.

Soft pretzel bites with smoked gouda cheese dip.

Soft Pretzel Bites with Smoked Gouda Cheese Dip – Heavenly Spiced

Buttery, fluffy soft (baked) pretzel bites are dipped into a lusciously smooth and creamy smoked gouda cheese dip. So simple, and much better than the frozen store-bought pretzels.

Italian Pasta Salad - Appetizers for Pizza

Italian Pasta Salad – Corrie Cooks

A popular, savory, and classic dish is Italian pasta salad. It’s ideal for any occasion because of its straightforward components and uncomplicated preparation. Al dente pasta, vibrant, fresh vegetables and savory herbs come together to create a delicious dance of flavors and textures. Every bite is exciting because of the added layer of deliciousness that the acidic dressing imparts.

Italian Sausage Rolls - Appetizers for Pizza

Italian Sausage Rolls – Sugar Salt Magic

These Italian sausage rolls are perfect party finger food and great for lunch or game day snacks too. Italian sausages combined with classic Italian flavours, then wrapped in flaky pastry.

Appetizers for Pizza - Marinated Olives with Feta

Marinated Olives with Feta – xoxoBella

An easy marinated olives appetizer is always worth knowing because this dish is ideal for any occasion, whether you just want to serve something simple with drinks, or you’re planning a smorgasbord of cold meats and cheeses and you want to add something more to the platter.

Oven-Baked Ricotta - Appetizers for Pizza

Easy Baked Ricotta – Enza’s Quail Hollow Kitchen

Baked Ricotta is easy, delicious and creamy! Serve it with crostini, crackers, or vegetables.

Appetizers for Pizza - Easy Arugula Burrata Salad With Oven Roasted Grapes

Easy Arugula Burrata Salad with Oven Roasted Grapes – West Coast Kitchen Garden

The perfect, tart, sweet, and savory salad with lots of crisp arugula. This is the perfect salad for an adult’s pizza night.

Stuffed mushrooms with crab on a white plate, with toasted brown breadcrumbs on top.

Stuffed Mushrooms with Crab – Heavenly Spiced

Stuffed Mushrooms with Crab is the perfect appetizer recipe for your next pizza party! Ingredients like cream cheese, crab, basil, parsley, shallot, and garlic are combined then stuffed into baby bella (or cremini) mushroom caps, and topped with buttery, golden brown toasted panko breadcrumbs. 

Antipasto Salad - Appetizers for Pizza

Antipasto Salad – Gypsy Plate

This Italian Antipasto Salad recipe is packed with veggies, cured meats, and cheese. It’s great as an appetizer, side, or main course.

Baked Honey Garlic Chicken Wings - Appetizers for Pizza

Crispy Oven-Baked Honey Garlic Chicken Wings – Healthy Fitness Meals

Try these oven-baked, honey-garlic chicken wings. They are tender on the inside with a crispy coating. Savory and a little sweet, these baked chicken honey wings are filled with delicious flavors.

Bruschetta Burata - Appetizers for Pizza

Bruschetta Burrata – This Little Home

Enjoy the taste of Italy with this Bruschetta Burrata. Creamy Burrata cheese nestles amidst sweet roasted cherry tomatoes, aromatic basil, and toasty bread, all drizzled with balsamic glaze and fresh basil leaves. This delicious starter effortlessly captures a combination of Italian flavours and it’s so easy to make.

Baked Parmesan Cheese Crisps - Appetizers for Pizza

Baked Cheese Crisps – Healthy Mom Healthy Family

These Baked Cheese Crisps are a delicious low-carb and gluten-free snack that only requires 1 ingredient – grated parmesan cheese. Serve them as an appetizer to wow your guests.

Caprese Salad with Cherry Tomatoes - Appetizers for Pizza

Caprese Salad Recipe with Cherry Tomatoes – The Bonnie Fig

Enjoy this delightful caprese salad with cherry tomatoes for a burst of fresh flavors. It’s our twist on this classic dish!

Louisiana Voodoo Fries - Appetizers for Pizza

Louisiana Voodoo Fries (Wingstop Copycat) – The Feathered Nester

These Louisiana Voodoo Fries are a delicious copycat version of Wingstop’s popular menu item. The crispy fries are covered in a flavorful blend of spices, creating a unique and tasty dish that is perfect for a game-day snack or a fun side dish.

15 quick & easy air fryer appetizer recipes for pizza
15 Quick & Easy Air Fryer Appetizer Recipes plus a list of homemade dipping sauce pairings – Available on Amazon! Mozzarella Sticks, Jalapeno Poppers, Fried Pickles, Onion Rings, Garlic Parmesan Wings, Citrus Ale Wings, Buffalo Chicken Dip Eggrolls, and more! The perfect collection of appetizers for pizza.

If you’re going to be making homemade pizza, this pizza dough (Roberta’s Pizza Dough Recipe – NYT Cooking) is my favorite. My husband and I are from New York but live in Washington State, so a dough that reminds us of home is essential. This one has a similar taste and texture to NY-style pizza, so it’s our go-to homemade dough!

If you follow @heavenlyspiced on Instagram and watch my stories, you’ve most likely seen us slinging homemade pies almost every weekend. We’re obsessed with making them in our Ooni Pizza Oven.

I’d love to hear from you! About your experience with this dish, any alterations you may have made and loved (or didn’t love), or just life and cooking in general. Please leave a question, comment, and/or review below, or get in touch via email.

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Bye for now! – Jenna G.

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