Over 40 Vegan Appetizers You Can Have At Your Party

Nowadays, there are so many options available for house parties and gatherings, which means it’s easier than ever to cater to any vegan friends and family.

The best part is that all of these appetizers can be enjoyed by everyone, and you don’t have to search for any specific occasion to cook these either. 

Over 40 Vegan Appetizers You Can Have At Your Party

Any item from this list can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of age. So, why don’t you try these at your next gathering and see how they go with your guests?

With over 40 appetizers in this article, there will be something for everyone on this list. 

But the best part of all? These appetizers are affordable and easy to make, and you don’t need to go out of your way to find the ingredients. 

1. Air Fryer Mashed Potato Balls

Everyone loves mashed potatoes, and if you have an air fryer, you can easily mash them up into some mashed potato balls.

Mashed potatoes are easy to make vegan, so if you’re already accustomed to making them, this recipe will be super easy to adjust to.

Then, roll them up and put them in and everyone will enjoy this great appetizer!

2. Air Fryer Mini Tacos

Tacos are always a hit, and with your air fryer, you’ll be able to make some delicious bite-sized tacos that everyone can enjoy.

They’re perfect for dipping, and you can serve them with a variety of vegan dips. If you don’t have an air fryer, then don’t feel left out. You can even bake or pan-fry them. 

3. Apple Nachos

Apple nachos might not seem fancy, but they’re a quick five minute appetizer that everyone is guaranteed to enjoy.

While these are a sweeter appetizer compared to the others on this list, you can easily top them with some dark chocolate, peanut butter, coconut, cinnamon, or even lemon or lime.

Honestly, there are so many toppings for you to choose from. Just cut up your apples and go nuts! 

4. Asparagus Spirals

Asparagus spirals are a cheeky little appetizer that look fancy but are actually really easy to make.

So long as you have some vegan puff pastry, you can wrap your asparagus up in these and season them with salt and pepper however you like.

These will impress all  your guests, and make it look like you’ve gone above and beyond. 

5. BBQ Lentil Meatballs

There are times when you look at a meat-based dish and think that you’re looking at an impostor. This isn’t one of those times.

You can easily make these lentil meatballs with a combination of lentils, rice, and mushrooms.

The best thing about this recipe is that you can make them as a side for your main dishes or adjust them to a smaller size to fit your appetizers.

6. Black Bean Guacamole Cups

Appetizers don’t have to be just about chips and dips, but instead, you can make these great black bean guacamole cups for your guests.

These are both gluten-free and dairy-free, and they look classy too. Make sure you make plenty though, or else you’ll find that these will be all gone within one bite!

7. Caramelized Onion Tart

This vegan edition of a caramelized onion tart can’t be left out of this list. Using caramelized onions and pairing it with thyme and some vegan cheese, you can wrap these up in a flaky tart crust and cut it up into pieces.

While this one isn’t the quickest recipe, it’s one that you can easily make a few hours before your party so that it’s cooled down to be served to your guests.

8. Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

While buffalo wings are a certain hit, you can make these delicious cauliflower buffalo wings with some additional vegan ranch dip!

Grab your cauliflower wings and dip them into a batter made from flour and spices, then roll them in some panko bread crumbs. Once they’re baked, you can coat them in whatever sauce you like, or no sauce at all!

9. Cold Italian Pasta Salad

Pasta salads are always a great appetizer, and for good reason. With this recipe, you can cut out the gluten and allergens, and enjoy a tri-colored pasta with some fresh veg added in!

You can make this as a side-dish or as an appetizer, and because of the lack of dairy, you can store it away in your refrigerator for a week before you really need it! 

10. Deviled Potatoes

If you love deviled eggs, then you should also try out these deviled potatoes!

Inspired by that classic dish, make sure you use some egg-sized potatoes and fill each half with some vegan mayo, mustard, apple cider vinegar, black salt, and turmeric.

Once these are mixed into your scoop, your guests will have to look twice to make sure it isn’t the real thing!

11. Garlic Dough Balls

Everyone loves garlic bread, and thankfully it’s a recipe that’s super easy to adjust for a vegan audience. You can even add in a cashew cheese dip for some extra flavor.

The best part about this recipe, is that it’s easy enough to take a part, so your guests can rip into it and enjoy the dough balls from this wreath.

Overall, making the dough is pretty easy, as the recipe mostly suggests you replace the dairy elements with vegan alternatives. 

12. Greek Lemon Potatoes

Again, I can’t stress enough about how popular potatoes are.

While this won’t be a quick recipe, it’s still worth while doing it. After all, you want to make sure the potatoes are crispy and have the perfect combination with the lemon elements.

All the elements you need to make this are all native to anyone’s pantry, so you won’t have to go out of your way to search for the ingredients elsewhere!

13. Greek Spinach And Leek Pie

This vegan spinach and leek pie, or otherwise referred to in Greece as Spanakopita, is a great twist on this classic Greek recipe.

You can cut this pie up into small triangle bites, and let your friends and family enjoy the taste. Ultimately, this isn’t a quick recipe, with the filling taking the longest amount of time.

But overall, this is an easy recipe to make, and one you should definitely include in your party menu. 

14. Hummus Pinwheels

Hummus pinwheels are super easy to make, and they’re filled with cucumber and sun-dried tomatoes for that extra bit of flavor.

It only needs four simple ingredients, and will take you less than fifteen minutes to prepare!

Grab your tortillas, garlic hummus, cucumbers and sun-dried tomatoes and fill up these pinwheels for an easy and quick appetizer.

15. Jackfruit Buffalo Dip

You can’t have appetizers without dips, and jackfruit buffalo dip is one of those versions that you can serve either hot or cold.

If you want to use it outside of appetizers, I recommend trying it with some wraps or sandwiches.

The best thing about jackfruit is that it’s a great meat replacement that looks like shredded meat and is a great replacement for pulled pork. 

16. Jackfruit Pulled Pork

I’ve already talked about how jackfruit is a great replacement for pulled pork, so it’s no surprise that this recipe is going on the list.

If you want to easily trick your meat-loving friends, you’ll find that they’ll struggle to find the difference between jackfruit and pulled pork.

By adding some BBQ sauce, you’ll be able to include this as a side for any bread appetizers you have, and you can serve it with coleslaw to really give it that barbecue feeling.

17. Macaroni Salad

Macaroni is one of the best pastas to throw into a salad, and it’s both a versatile and easily customizable dish!

You can include any add-ins that you want, and all you need to remember for the sauce is to throw in some vegan mayo.

You can even throw in some vegan cheese to give it a mac ‘n’ cheese feeling. Have fun finding the best additions to your macaroni salad!

18. Mexican Street Corn Salad

Mexican street corn is a great dish, so it’s no surprise that there’s a vegan edition of this recipe.

Made from grilled corn on the cob and usually coated with a creamy, tangy, and spiced dressing, you can adjust this by coating it with vegan variations of your recipe!

Instead of mayo, use the vegan edition, and take out the sour cream. Instead, with lime juice and mayo, you’ll have plenty of coating for your Mexican street corn salad.

19. Mini Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes are a great dish, so grab some baby potatoes and make some mini versions for your next party.

You can load them up with some vegan sour cream, chives, and bring out the flavor of the potato with some added salt.

Using olive oil, you’ll find your mini baked potatoes will get a nice and crispy skin as you roast them in the oven. 

20. Miso Glazed Mushrooms

Miso glazed mushrooms are a ridiculously easy vegan dish that you can serve on any occasion. While mushrooms are divisive among those who love or hate them, you’ll find that it all depends on the prep of them.

So, glaze them with some miso for that extra flavor. If you’re worried about the miso, then don’t, because you can add in some maple syrup to sweeten the recipe that little bit more. 

21. Mushroom Cream Cheese Wontons

These vegan versions of mushroom cream cheese wontons are a great appetizer, and only require six key ingredients.

They only take twenty minutes to cook, and you can serve them with a variety of different dips and sauces. Most of the time will be spent on preparing the fillings, so scoop these into your wontons and wrap them up.

Then they’ll be nice and crispy, the perfect appetizer to just come out of the oven. 

22. Pesto Pinwheels

These pesto pinwheels should be a hit for both kids and picky eaters, and the best thing is they only need four ingredients.

Get some crescent roll dough, some pesto, some roasted red peppers, and then some vegan mozzarella. Once you’ve rolled these together, you can make as many as you desire, or at least until you run out of dough!

23. Pineapple Salsa

You can’t have a summer party without some pineapple salsa, and this colorful dip is perfect for the season.

All you need is a whole pineapple to cut in half and put your salsa in, some cherry tomatoes, a red bell pepper, cilantro and a bit of salt.

With the sweet combination of pineapple and salsa, you’ll find that neither of these flavors takes away from the other.

24. Pizza Rolls

These vegan pizza rolls are a popular appetizer for all ages, and they’re fun to make. Grab some pizza dough, some veg that you like, tomato sauce, and some vegan mozzarella.

These are so easy to make and you don’t need to worry about needing any special tools. Just grab your mixing bowl and you’ll be good to go!

25. Potato And Cauliflower Croquettes

These potato and cauliflower croquettes are a hit at any party, and this recipe will allow you to make between thirty-five and forty of them!

You can make these to any shape that you like, and then dip them into any sauces, be it ketchup or any of your other favorites.

These are a hit for all ages. You can even batch cook them and store them in your refrigerator to save for later!

26. Pretzel Bites

Pretzel bites are a delicious snack, and you can easily adjust them for your vegan friends. Grab some flour, yeast, sugar, salt, baking soda, and some olive oil or vegan butter.

Once you’ve got all these, mix these all together, shove them in the oven and enjoy some tasty and soft pretzel bites. They’re always so easy to snack on, and you’ll find that they’ll be gone before you know it.

27. Pumpkin Gnocchi

If you’re having any sort of party in the fall, either Thanksgiving or Halloween, then you can serve this great appetizer in place of the classic potato gnocchi.

With the natural orange color of the pumpkin, this dish will stand out amongst the rest. Of course, potatoes are still included in the recipe, as floury or starchy potatoes will help bind your gnocchi together.

28. Queso

Queso dip is a classic, and you can even serve it to your vegan friends with this vegan version of the recipe.

Your friends may even believe that it’s the real thing, as it tastes as close to real queso as you can get.

Just get some cashews, green chillies, red pepper flakes, some nutritional yeast if you can find it, and meld them all together to make your own queso dip. It only takes five minutes too!

29. Quiche

These mini vegan quiches are perfect for any party, especially during the holiday season.

You don’t need any special equipment to make them, just grab a muffin pan to cook them in and you can have a variety of fillings for your quiche, all options are of course, available to you.

In this recipe, they recommend some savory quiches with some green and red coloring, but you can go nuts with whatever you like. 

30. Silken Tofu

Silken tofu is a five minute recipe that is a quick and easy dish to make. Tofu is popular in Asian dishes, and can be served cold and garnished with soy sauce.

Grab some aromatic vegetables, and you’ll be able to feel the silken tofu melt in your mouth. No doubt, this will be a popular dish at any summer parties and barbecues that you hold. 

31. Smoky Roasted Eggplant Hummus

Hummus is a popular dip for so many different dishes, and adding roasted eggplant and some smoky paprika will only add to the complex and rich flavors.

You can whip it up with ease, with only five minutes of prep time required and an additional half hour for you to cook them up. You can even make it up before you need it and freeze it so it’s ready for your party!

32. Spicy Cilantro Avocado Hummus

The spicy cilantro avocado hummus is perfectly balanced between a light and refreshing dip and one that’s both creamy and spicy.

It only takes five minutes to whip up, and all you need are some chickpeas, an avocado, some cilantro, lemon juice, olive oil, a garlic clove, some red chili flakes, cumin seeds, and a bit of sea salt.

As an added note, this can even be cooked even quicker by throwing all your ingredients into your food processor or blender.

33. Spinach Dip

You can’t go wrong with spinach dip, and this is one of the easiest ways to turn it vegan.

It will only take you ten minutes to make this recipe, all you need is some frozen spinach, vegan mayo, vegan sour cream, water chestnuts, and some dry soup mix.

Whip it all together, and you’ll enjoy a delicious spinach dip that will make you question whether there really was dairy in it. 

34. Spring Onion Pancakes

Spring onion pancakes are a brilliant appetizer that are enjoyed all around the world. They’re crisp, they’re flaky, and yet, they’re easy to chew.

You can easily cook them and freeze them if you have more than you expect. They only take ten minutes to prep, and another 45 minutes to cook.

Just make sure that if you freeze them that you leave them to thaw for around ten minutes, and you’ll be able to enjoy these delicious snacks.

35. Stuffed Mushrooms

Mushrooms when prepared correctly are absolutely delicious, and you can add more flavor to these by filling them for your appetizers.

Get your mushrooms, and then stuff them with some vegan cheese, preferably parmesan, and some grated carrot too.

They take just over half an hour to make, and you’ll no doubt love the amount of flavor this will add to your mushrooms.

36. Sweet Potato Mini Samosa

Control the spice levels of these sweet potato mini samosas by choosing just how much spice you need for them.

You can pop these in an air fryer, and overall these will take only ten minutes to prep and another ten minutes to cook. Then serve them with your chutney of choice, and enjoy!

37. Sweet Potato Sushi Rolls

When you think of sushi, you’ll probably think of raw fish more than you will anything else. But don’t fret, because we can adjust this recipe for you to enjoy with your vegan friends and family.

The best thing about sushi rolls is that they can be made with your kids or even as a sweet date night idea.

Get your nori sheets out, your brown rice, and some sweet potato, and some cucumbers and avocado. These are great mixtures to include, and will give some added crunch to your sushi rolls.

38. Taco Pinwheels

I’ve mentioned pinwheels earlier before, but these variations are solely for the taco lovers in the crowd. You can include your favorite taco toppings in this dish with some vegan cream cheese to blend it all together.

You can make these a few hours before your party, so that way they can have plenty of time to set. Remember that your taco pinwheels will be even creamier thanks to the vegan cream cheese included in this recipe!

39. Tomato And Basil Bruschetta

Bruschetta is one of the most popular appetizers around today.

You can’t help but adore the tomato toppings on some toasted French bread. Just drizzle on some balsamic vinegar for some extra tanginess and make sure your tomato juice doesn’t soak into the bread.

The last thing you want is soggy bread, so make sure you serve these as quickly as possible.

40. Tzatziki

Traditionally, tzatziki is one of those recipes that’s made with Greek yogurt. But you don’t need to change this with some vegan yogurts like you would immediately assume.

Instead, you can replace the yogurt in it with tofu! Add in some ool cucumber, some garlic and the water to your taste. Then you’ll have some delicious vegan tzatziki for your party!

41. Vegan Crab Cakes

Instead of crab, this vegan crab cake recipe includes chickpeas and artichokes to emulate the fish-like taste.

Artichokes add to the crab-like texture, and the chickpeas hold the bread crumbs together well with some additional diced celery.

Just season them with some chopped dill, parsley, lemon juice, and some fish seasoning, and you’ll be able to enjoy this dish after twenty minutes of cooking time.

42. Vegan Sausage Rolls

Sausage rolls are a staple appetizer in most UK parties, and it’s no surprise that vegan sausage rolls have been getting rave reviews.

Get some vegan puff pastry, some meat-free sausage mix, some parsley, salt and pepper and some soy milk. Once you’ve got these, you’ll be able to make your vegan sausage rolls with ease.

43. Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini fritters made with chickpea flour is one of those decisions that will make your appetizers so much sweeter than with regular flour.

You can enjoy these fritters with their soft middle and their crispy exterior. Even with simple ingredients, these are a hit for a reason, and are packed with flavor and can be enjoyed with various dips. 

Final Thoughts

Now that you’ve seen our selection of appetizers, you won’t be able to resist trying them out at your next gathering.

These recipes are all easy to make and are all budget friendly. While some do require special tools, these won’t immediately cause a major effect on your recipe and you should be able to make them without having to splash out for new equipment.

Remember that these are only recommendations, but hopefully all of your friends and family will enjoy these great vegan recipes. 

Brett White