Looking for ideas for vegan and vegetarian appetizers and starters? We've got you covered - these vegan appetizers are perfect for festive occasions, holidays, and game nights.
We've selected our best 23 recipes from vegetable-based starters, and finger foods, to dips and canapes. Browse through this list and pick your favorite; they are easy to make, healthy, and with affordable ingredients!
Healthy vegetable-packed appetizers
These veggie-packed appetizers are healthy, wholesome, and made with affordable ingredients. Serve them with our focaccia or with slices of toasted bread - your guests will love them!
Tomato confit is the easiest, meltiest, most delicious tomato recipe. Soft, juicy, with loads of flavor and garlic aroma - they are the perfect starter to a slice of focaccia or this chickpea farinata.
An even easier artichoke starter! Steamed artichokes are so tasty, that you will fall in love with this delicious vegetable. These also pair incredibly well with our vegan mayo and freshly chopped parsley.
Roasted lemon broccoli
Oven-roasted broccoli is so tasty you won't believe it's actual broccoli. Crunchy, lemony, slightly spicy, and with the perfect twist of garlic, they are perfect as antipasti and snack. Serve with chipotle sauce or tzatziki.
This eggplant salad has the perfect balance of sweet and sour, it's rich, and made with simple, fresh ingredients. Eat it as a starter, and if you have any leftovers, use it as a side dish for your dinner.
Roasted potatoes with rosemary
They are tasty, crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and seasoned with olive oil, rosemary, and garlic. The toasted breading is so delicious you'll scrape it out of your baking tray. Dip them in chipotle sauce or in tzatziki sauce and it's the perfect finger food!
Vegan appetizers for a platter
Appetizer platters are colorful and fun, and everyone can help themselves with their favorite starter. Platters are a great way to help your guests try new combinations and fall in love with these vegan snacks!
A creamy and incredibly light alternative to ricotta cheese. We've been making this vegan soy ricotta without nuts and without a blender for a few years now.
Along with our vegan stracchino cheese, it's our favorite plant-based, dairy-free cheese because it's easy to make, and goes well with everything on an antipasti platter.
Caramelized onions have a rich and deep flavor with sweet and sour notes. They are soft and literally melt in your mouth. They are perfect on vegan ricotta or hummus, serve them in a bowl with a small fork, and guests can add exactly the amount they prefer!
White bean dip
White bean dip is an easy recipe that you can make in 5 minutes with 7 simple ingredients and a blender. It's perfect with nachos and with slices of toasted bread.
Tzatziki sauce is easy! All you need is yogurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and dill, and just over 15 minutes to make this irresistible recipe. Serve with pita chips or freshly baked focaccia bread.
Who doesn't like freshly made guac? Mix together ripe avocados, lime juice, salt, cilantro, and some chopped onion. Serve with tortilla chips and veggie sticks for a colorful and inviting dip!
We are not huge beet fans, but we absolutely love to add beets to our white bean dip. It just fits in perfectly! Just add one ready-to-eat peeled and cooked red beet to your white bean dip and you have a colorful dip for your antipasti platter!
Sundried tomato pesto
You can make it with most blenders, and a few simple ingredients, and we even keep it dairy-free so that most people can enjoy it. This red pesto is a must-try with our garlic brushed flatbread.
Melted cheese on bread
This recipe for vegan cheese can be prepared in 5 minutes in a pot and with an amazing result. It's very similar to melted cheese. Creamy, spreadable, melty, light, cheesy, and with a slightly tangy flavor. It's perfect on a slice of bread or on top of our flatbread pizza.
Tofu cream cheese
This tofu cream cheese is made with 5 simple ingredients and it's smooth, velvety, and perfect to use as a starter. You can easily flavor the basic recipe of this vegan cream cheese with many vegetables like roasted aubergine, confit tomatoes, or artichoke hearts.
Bread vegan appetizers
Appetizers on bread are perfect as finger food and are guaranteed crowd-pleasers! Particularly perfect for game nights and movie nights as they are fun and colorful.
Mini pizzas are one of the most popular finger foods in Italy. They are usually served as a fun, crunchy starter, or during birthdays, buffets, and gatherings. Making pizza biscuits is actually very simple, and you can add your favorite toppings for a fun evening.
A crunchy, juicy, and garlicky appetizer. The recipe is simple, and you can make it in 10 minutes with a few ingredients. Serve on a slice of toasted bread or next to this 20-min farinata.
This Italian focaccia with vegan cheese (and optionally, a little spinach) is thin, crisp, and packed with flavor. It's the perfect starter to share with friends, and you can slice it into small nibbles and serve as a toothpick appetizer.
Easy focaccia (no-knead)
A soft Italian focaccia recipe that is easy to make, with a spoon and a bowl, without having to knead it with your hands. Perfectly paired with white bean dip, confit tomatoes, sundried tomato pesto, or anything else really.
Easy vegan appetizers with chickpea
This is a simple recipe, made by mixing together chickpea flour and extra virgin olive oil, then baking it in the oven for about 20 minutes. It's perfect as part of antipasti platter, and pairs well with any topping. We love eating it topped with our eggplant caponata.
Chickpea frittata muffins
Chickpea frittata muffins are an easy make-ahead recipe that you can serve as nutritious antipasti with a bowl of sundried tomato pesto. They are very similar to vegan mini quiches, they are made with chickpea flour you can customize them with any vegetables of your choice.
You can make these chickpea-based antipasti in just 10 minutes, with simple ingredients, and without cooking. Serve on a slice of a cucumber and stuffed in cherry tomatoes. A slice of no-knead focaccia is the perfect pairing with vegan tuna, a family favorite!
This vegan frittata is crisp on the outside, soft and moist on the inside, and for some reason, it feels like eating a regular egg frittata. Serve in small slices and with a little bowl of confit tomatoes and caramelized onions.
MORE VEGAN STARTER RECIPES:
- Crostini with veggie toppings
- Leftover bread salad "panzanella"
- Crispy kale chips
- Roasted brussels sprouts with maple syrup
WHAT SHOULD I SERVE TO MY VEGAN FRIENDS?
Having guests over that are vegetarian or vegan? No problem! These appetizers are great for guests, but if you need more vegan recipe ideas, check out these lists for inspiration:
- Add plant-based protein to your starter platter or main mail with one of our 25 easy tofu recipes
- Make a vegan menu by following your appetizer with a first course of vegan pasta. See our favorites among these 25 best pasta recipes
- Serve a plant-based main meal for your guests with one of our vegan easy dinners.
- Make a vegetable side dish, such as artichoke, asparagus, or green beans.
- For an indulgent vegan dessert, see the best cakes and sweets in our 60 vegan Italian recipes and our selection of 43 plant-based desserts
For many more easy and healthy starter recipes make sure to check out our Antipasti (starter) Recipes Page!
23 Vegan Appetizers
- Pick your favorite vegan appetizer
- Read the recipe for ingredients required
- Make the recipe by following the instructions
- How to store: Most of these appetizers keep for 3 days in the refrigerator, best if stored in an airtight container. We usually reheat it in the microwave.
- How to reheat: Most of these recipes can be reheated in the microwave, or on a pan with a dash of water (in case of the vegetables). Check the individual recipes for full make ahead, reheating and storage instructions.