Going out for lunch or dinner in Nashville? Order one of these waist-friendly appetizers to share before your meal!
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Going out to dinner for special occasions is one of my favorite things. There’s something about sharing a meal with others that makes me happy. Around the dinner table is the perfect place for sharing what’s new and sharing stories of the past. And when dining out, it’s also a great opportunity to share some appetizers!
While I’m all for sharing some deep-fried mushrooms or queso dip with chips, it’s refreshing to know that there are some lighter, more waist-friendly appetizer options on many restaurant menus. You won’t find any deep-fried apps in this list!
Do you usually order an appetizer when dining out or only on special occasions?
While most of these apps are meant to be shared, there are a couple that work out best if enjoyed individually. Be sure to download the NourishWise app so you can have nutrition information for Nashville restaurants at your fingertips. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these appetizers around Nashville!
Kimchi Spring Rolls at Avo
These may be the most talked about spring rolls in all of Nashville. And let me tell you, they deserve the hype.
Per roll: 165 calories, 11.5 grams total fat, 13 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams protein
Guacamole at City Fire
Can you ever go wrong by starting a meal with guacamole? I think not. The avocado-based dip contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fats so you can feel good sharing it with your dining companions!
150 calories, 13 g fat, 11 g carbohydrates, 3 g protein
Crab Cake Appetizer at Germantown Cafe
Sauteed lump crab served with a mustard-tartar sauce. Simple but oh, so good! The Crab Cake appetizer is available on the dinner menu but if you feel like skipping it as an appetizer, you could order it as an entree.
310 calories, 19 g fat, 22 g carbohydrates, 14 g protein
Caprese Salad at Desanos
While hanging out at one of the community tables, waiting for your delicious pizza pie to finish cooking in the oven, dig in to a Caprese Salad. Share it…or don’t. I won’t tell.
160 calories, 9 g fat, 9 g carbohydrates, 13 g protein
Maryland Crab Cakes at Mere Bulles
Two crab cake appetizers on this list? Who would’ve dreamed such a thing?! I’m totally okay with it because I. LOVE. CRABCAKES. Perfect for sharing with your bestie.
410 calories, 22 g fat, 26 g carbohydrates, 19 g protein
Miso Soup at Peter’s Sushi & Thai
Now this is one appetizer, I’m not willing to share (get your own soup!). I love a bowl of miso soup before eating sushi—I feel like it prepares my palate and helps fill me up just enough that once finished with my sushi roll, I’m satisfied but not stuffed.
70 calories, 2 g fat, 8 g carbohydrates, 0 g protein
Cashew Dip at Wild Cow
While I haven’t had the Cashew Dip in yearssss, it’s still an appetizer that I remember enjoying very much! Totally shareable and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how delicious cashews can be once turned into a dip.
510 calories, 24 g fat, 53 g carbohydrates, 23 g protein
Tabbouleh at Epice
Made of parsley, mint, tomatoes, and bulgar wheat, this Tabbouleh appetizer is a light and refreshing way to start a meal. You can find this appetizer on the lunch and dinner menu of this authentic Lebanese restaurant in the 12 South neighborhood.
290 calories, 28 g fat, 13 g carbohydrates, 3 g protein
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