posted byBecca Millson May 13, 2021 (last updated Dec 1, 2022)
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Around here, appetizers are synonymous with snacky dinners and the best-kind-of-eating.
Who doesn’t love dipping a chip in dip, picking up a crostini piled high with toppings, or having bite-sized snacks that are full of flavor? If it sounds like you, you’re in the right place!
We’ve gathered up our favorite appetizer recipes that just so happen to be vegetarian. Friends and family will love these recipes, whether they’re vegetarian or eaters of all things. Many can be made, or are, vegan, too!
These meatless recipes are perfect for entertaining a crowd, serving at a potluck, or for those times when you’re sitting down to enjoy a quiet evening at home and need a happy hour snack.
You can make many of these recipes ahead of time, saving you time when hosting parties. And most are easy enough to make mere minutes before your guests arrive. There are kid-friendly options, along with healthy appetizers, and both cold and hot options. So what are you waiting for?! Let’s dig in!
Make a simple vegetarian charcuterie board that's both beautiful and budget-friendly! Ingredients: 3 cheeses, savory items like olives, pickles, roasted tomatoes, fresh veggies, dips and spreads, crackers
Full of flavor, fresh herbs, and bright lemon, this whipped feta dip is so easy to make and an elevated appetizer!Ingredients: block of feta, Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon zest, marinated olives (optional)
Wonton cups filled with a cheesy mixture paired with pepper jelly, topped with cilantro, cashews, and scallions. It's an Asian-inspired appetizer that's full of texture and fun to eat!Ingredients: wonton wrappers, cream cheese, jalapeno, scallions, ginger, garlic, pepper jelly
In just 10 minutes this irresistible appetizer is ready! Light, fluffy whipped ricotta topped with a fresh herb and honey mixture – serve it as a dip or spread on crostini.Ingredients: ricotta, mint, parsley, lemon, honey, baguette
Dip ’em, slather ’em, spoonful ’em, there’s no wrong way to enjoy these dips!
Vegetarian Buffalo Dip with Jackfruit
5 (9 ratings)
Just like buffalo chicken dip…but without the chicken! This dip is so easy to make and full of flavor…everyone will love it!Ingredients: jackfruit, cream cheese, sour cream, mozzarella, cheddar, green onion, spices, hot sauce
If you need an appetizer dip, this is it. Your guests won't be able to get enough of this irresistible combination, so you might want to make a double batch!Ingredients: pesto, cream cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan, sour cream, dried herbs
This elevated onion dip is made with not only caramelized onions but also caramelized shallots and roasted garlic for a rich, savory, deep flavor infused throughout.Ingredients: yellow onion, shallot, garlic, sour cream, mayo, white pepper, vegan Worchestershire
If you thought spinach artichoke dip couldn't get any better…wait until you try this elevated version made with leeks and kale! Ingredients: leeks, garlic, kale, artichoke hearts, parmesan, cream cheese, sour cream, mozzarella
5-Minute Green Olive Tapenade (No Anchovies Option)
5 (1 rating)
An easy 5-minute dip that's briny, light, and full of flavor! Serve it as part of a cheese board, with veggies, or on its own for a light appetizer. Ingredients: green olives, anchovy paste or capers, garlic, lemon
Whether you dip or spread it, this mixture of simmered-down tomato, red pepper, and onions melts-in-your-mouth. It's hands-off and totally worth the cook time!Ingredients: tomatoes, yellow onion, red bell pepper, garlic
It comes together quickly – under 5 minutes – and is packed with flavor! It’s perfect to make ahead and serve at BBQs and potlucks or on Taco Tuesday!Ingredients: frozen corn, mayo, scallions, garlic, lime, cilantro, cheese
Homemade tomato bruschettaa goes to another level with aged balsamic vinegar. Top it on crostini for a delicious appetizer!Ingredients: tomatoes, basil garlic, shallot, olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar
Dive into a platter of Mediterranean Nachos at your next game-day get-together! Piled high with your favorite toppings like sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and banana peppers, and dipped in hummus and tzatziki. Ingredients: pita bread, chickpeas, cucumber, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, banana peppers, shallot, feta, green onion
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are coated in crispy panko, oven-baked, and tossed with homemade buffalo sauce for an addictingly delicious, bite-sized appetizer (or dinner)!Ingredients: cauliflower, cornstarch, egg, panko, spices, buffalo sauce
Homemade vegetarian potstickers are easy to make, and full of flavor! Serve with homemade ponzu sauce and a spicy corn flake garnish for a gourmet appetizer!Ingredients: red and green onion, ginger, garlic, chives, carrots, cabbage, cilantro
Loaded fries…but better. Topped with a cheesy layer, caramelized onions, spicy mayo, and kimchi. It's an irresistible, spicy combination!Ingredients: french fries, cheese, mayo, shichimi, chili garlic paste, onion, kimchi, gochujang
Make homemade french fries in the oven – that are crispy! – and top them with fresh rosemary, garlic, and parmesan for the ultimate snack experience.Ingredients: potatoes, corn starch, rosemary, garlic, parmesan cheese
The only way to make nachos is to layer the chips, cheese, and toppings. This vegetarian version has a spicy black bean topping that packs flavor, texture, and protien.Ingredients: black beans, spices, chips, cheese, toppings, as desired (like jalapeno, olives, onion, tomato, cilantro, avocado)
A twist on a classic Midwestern side dish (scalloped corn casserole), these aranchini are a unique and delicious appetizer to bring to game day or holidays!Ingredients: creamed corn, fresh corn, crackers, eggs, panko
These flavorful sliders can be served as a fun and hearty appetizer or dinner. Don't forget you can also just go ahead and serve the crispy falafel as a delicious app!Ingredients: homemade falafel, slider buns, pickled onions, lemon herb mayo
Preheat oven to 375°F. Toss grapes in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, with 3 thyme sprigs (no need to destem them for the roast). Place the grapes on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Flip over, and continue to bake for an additional 6-8 minutes. Once roasted, remove the grapes from the vine (if you haven't already; you can roast them either way) and discard thyme stems.
Meanwhile, place the baguette slices on a baking sheet and drizzle olive oil across one side of the slices. Flip, and lightly drizzle additional olive oil, being careful to not drench them. Sprinkle on salt and pepper as desired. Bake for 5-7 minutes on each side, until toasted.
While the crostini and grapes bake, stir together the room temperature goat cheese with honey and 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves. Add salt to taste.
Spread goat cheese mixture evenly across the tops of the crostinis. Top the crostini with roasted grapes and sea salt flakes, and an additional drizzle of honey if desired!