21 of the Best Vegan Appetizers: Entertain with Fresh Ingredients in Every Bite

What would any gathering, get-together, or hang-out be without…


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Fun finger foods really are the life of the party – sharing a big plate of food with friends and family keeps everyone entertained (and your bellies happily satisfied!) before the main course.

Aside from getting our eager hands on favorites like spicy chicken wings, savory pigs in a blanket, and cheesy nachos, our mouths are watering with this tasty collection of vegan appetizers!

Tantalize those taste buds with the best assortment of nibbles and bites, like deep-fried jalapeno poppers, freshly made hummus, and crunchy crostini.

We’re always ready to party. Join the fun, and make some of the recipes below!

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1. Deep-Fried Vegan Jalapeno Poppers

Vertical image of a white platter with fried pepper chips with a white dish of white sauce.

Think you can handle the heat?

For a spicy vegan appetizer, make these sliced and fried jalapeno poppers. They can also be made gluten-free, with an easy switch to gluten-free breadcrumbs.

Served with barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, or ketchup, these are seriously irresistible for anyone who likes a little fire in their apps!

Get the recipe here.

2. Cauliflower and Chard Fritters

Top-down view of two fried cauliflower and chard fritters on a wooden cutting board.

These pan-fried fritters pack in so many fresh, nutritional veggies!

Combine cauliflower, chard, garlic, and parsley with a little oil, flour, and ground flax seed to get a hearty mix. Pan-fried for a few minutes in a skillet, you’ll go crazy over the golden, crispy bite on the outside and the flavorful filling.

Serve them with a vegan spicy yogurt cilantro sauce for the creamiest dipping experience that’s both feisty and refreshing in flavor.

Learn how to make the recipe now.

3. Deep-Fried Tortilla Chips

It's so easy to make homemade tortilla chips! Simply fry soft corn or flour wraps in oil to get crispy triangles perfect for dipping in your favorite salsa, guacamole, or hummus. We share the recipe: https://foodal.com/recipes/snacks/homemade-tortilla-chips/

Tired of the same old nacho chips you buy at the store?

Put down that bag, and make some in your own kitchen!

Learn how to make homemade tortilla chips in just a few minutes using soft flour or corn tortillas. Simply fry them in oil to get crispy triangles that are perfect for dipping in your favorite salsa, guacamole, or hummus.

Just be sure you’re using a vegan tortilla – some of them are made with lard, which is rendered from pig fat. Check the ingredient list before you buy!

Find the instructions to make these here.

4. Fried Kohlrabi

Ever wonder what to do with that weird looking, bulbous kohlrabi in the produce section? We have the perfect idea for you, oh curious one…

Our fried kohlrabi bites are super crunchy, perfect to enjoy as an addictive appetizer served with a creamy sauce.

While the original ingredient list calls for egg and Greek yogurt, easily swap the chicken egg for one flax egg, and use a vegan dairy-free yogurt for the dipping sauce.

Read more here.


5. No-Knead Italian Breadsticks

A hand dips a no-knead Italian twisted breadstick into a white bowl containing red marina sauce. More breadsticks wrapped in a white towel are in the background.

We. Love. Carbs.

So for all of you bread lovers wanting to sink your teeth into some fluffy carbs at the party, here’s a delicious and easy recipe for breadstick twists that require no kneading.

Flavor this bread with your favorite combo of seasonings. We give it an Italian twist (haha…) with garlic powder, dried Italian herbs, and olive oil.

We’ll teach you how to make them here.

6. Butternut Squash Oven Fries

A beige plate of baked butternut squash strips with a small square glass dish of a thick white dipping sauce, on a dark and light blue cloth with a geometric repeating pattern, and a small round white ceramic dish of ketchup further in the background.

For a healthy, nutrient-dense appetizer, bake a batch of these butternut squash oven fries.

These crispy seasonal vegetable sticks are a healthier version of the classic potato recipe – with the same crispy, crunchy outside and nearly melt-in-your-mouth inside.

They’re perfect for serving during the cooler months, especially for all your holiday parties!

Get the recipe on Foodal.

7. Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

Top-down view of a batch of honey and lime cauliflower hot wings on a flat baking pan with ranch dressing sitting off to the left side.

An easy recipe for the best vegan barbecue appetizer out there!

We toss cauliflower florets in a gluten-free batter and bake ‘em until they’re crispy. After they’re baked, we douse them in the spiciest cayenne sauce you could ever imagine.

Read the recipe now.

8. Smoky and Spicy Chickpeas

How would you like a snack that’s crunchy, flavorful, and healthy? Sweet or spicy, roasted chickpeas deliver the goods for guilt-free, tasty satisfaction. We share the recipe.

If you’ve ever fallen off the healthy eating bandwagon because of bland snacks and apps, we’ve got the tastiest solution for you.

Our roasted chickpeas deliver the goods for guilt-free, tasty satisfaction. Crispy and crunchy, we flavor these bite-sized goodies with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, cayenne, and crushed red pepper flakes.

Get this smoky and spicy recipe right here on Foodal.

Crostini and Sandwiches

9. Roasted Tomato Crostini

Two pieces of roasted tomato crostini with a balsamic reduction drizzle and basil garnish, on a white plate, with more on a white rectangular serving platter in the background, on a light brown wood surface with scattered grape tomatoes and a bunch of green fresh basil.

Roasted tomato crostini is an appetizer that’s ridiculously easy to prepare.

Mix together slow roasted cherry or grape tomatoes with garlic, balsamic vinegar, and basil for a vibrant bite of deliciousness to wake up your palate.

The acid from the tomatoes, the herbaceous and slightly sweet flavor of the basil, and the tang of the balsamic all meld together on your tongue to tickle your taste buds. It’s a flavorful combination to pique your appetite for whatever delicious meal is to come.

We share the recipe here.

10. Black Bean and Poblano Taquitos

For anyone who has a busy schedule, planning to make something spectacular for a party can be stressful.

This recipe offers a helping hand – provided by your slow cooker.

We love to make baked taquitos, a quick and easy Mexican-inspired (and gluten-free!) appetizer.

Cook the beans with a medley of spices in the slow cooker while you’re working. When you get home, simply roll them up with charred poblano peppers in corn tortillas, and bake them until golden brown and crispy!

Learn how to make it now on Foodal.

11. Tomato Basil Bruschetta

Closely cropped downward shot of nine pieces of bruschetta arranged in a grid on a white plate.

Diced fresh tomato, basil, garlic, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil all come together in this classic bruschetta appetizer.

Easy and effortless, serve this elegantly simple mix of fresh ingredients on top of toasted slices of your favorite vegan bread.

You will taste the authentic flavors of Italy in every single bite, making it a satisfying appetizer that you’ll want to make for every single party you host.

We share the recipe here.

Pureed and Mashed Dips

12. Roasted Garlic Hummus

Vertical image of a small black bowlful of homemade hummus with fanned out slices of pita, with more pita bread and chips, celery, and carrot sticks, arranged on a serving platter, on top of a patterned pink and purple cloth place mat.

We’ve never been upset with garlic breath…

Which is why this roasted garlic hummus is one of our favorites!

Roasted garlic adds depth to traditional chickpea hummus. And with the addition of fresh oregano, lemon, and a dash of cayenne, this homemade dip gets a little more pizzazz.

Get the recipe now.

13. Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus

Vertical image of a white ceramic bowl filled with sun-dried tomato hummus, on a round beige platter of celery sticks, carrot sticks, and sliced pita bread arranged around the dip bowl, with a navy blue plate of vegetables, hummus, and pita bread in shallow focus in the background.

Roasted garlic not enough for you?

If you want even more flavor, we suggest this hummus recipe – in addition to roasted garlic, we add sweet and tangy sun-dried tomatoes for an extra, addicting layer of taste.

Learn how to make it here.

14. Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus

Vertical image of a white dish of hummus garnished with sliced jalapeno and chopped cilantro.

If you’ve been disappointed by the spice level of most of the hummus that you’ve eaten in the past, make this feisty option now!

Our cilantro jalapeno hummus packs the perfect amount of heat into every flavorful bite, with the epic combination of jalapeno and fresh cilantro.

Your taste buds won’t know what hit them…

Spice up your life with this recipe here.

15. Pumpkin Hummus

Super savory with the flavors of garlic, tahini, cumin, and roasted pumpkin, you'll love this special homemade hummus recipe. It's perfect for fall!

Most people love sweet pumpkin recipes, but how about trying a savory one instead?

This autumnal twist on the typical hummus dip is the perfect fall appetizer.

The pureed pumpkin creates a super creamy texture, and gives the hummus a beautiful yellow-orange hue, not to mention a boost of nutritional value!

Find the recipe right here.

16. Kale Basil Hummus

Vertical image of dipping a red pepper strip in a bean dip.

When you want to squeeze more greens into your diet in a new and tasty way, dunk your crudite into our flavorful kale basil hummus.

The leafy greens and fresh herbs give the classic bean dip a fresh flavor – even picky eaters who claim they hate “that healthy stuff” won’t be able to stop eating it!

Whip up a batch now.

17. Baba Ghanoush Hummus

Our hummus is mixed with roasted eggplant and garlic, a perfect baba ghanoush inspired dip! Make the recipe now.

This version of hummus is inspired by baba ghanoush, a smooth and creamy eggplant dish.

We combine all the classic flavors of hummus you love with perfectly roasted eggplant and garlic cloves.

The best of both worlds!

Read the instructions for the recipe here.

18. Guacamole

A black plastic bowl of green guacamole studded with diced tomato, with a chip stuck into the bowl, on a large white plate with more tortilla chips and juiced lime halves, with cilantro and whole tomatoes in the background, on a brown wooden table.

Add this to your list of recipe essentials you should absolutely know how to make!

Made with simple ingredients like ripe avocado, fresh vegetables and herbs, and a few spices, our guacamole is a classic dip we will always love making and serving.

It’s our favorite dip for parties, taco night, or served alongside cocktails on the patio – and it will easily become one of your go-to favorites, as well!

Get our easy recipe now.


19. Mango Cucumber Salsa

Hot, cold! Spicy, refreshing! Sweet, savory!

With every dip and every bite, this mango cucumber salsa provides a crazy-unique balance of flavors, heat levels, and textures.

With additional ingredients as vibrant as jalapeno, purple onion, and cilantro, this recipe bursts with bright colors and tastes.

Find the recipe here.

20. Pico de Gallo

Skip the jarred stuff, and make flavorful salsa at home with fresh ingredients. We've got the recipe on Foodal.

This fresh and fast salsa recipe combines juicy tomatoes with just a few additional ingredients.

Red onion, garlic, lime, cilantro, and jalapeno all join the fiesta to create a healthy condiment with a spicy kick that is deliciously dip-worthy.

And you’ll be relieved to discover how easy it is to make this one-bowl wonder. Once everything is prepped and chopped, just toss it all together in a big bowl and serve!

Get the recipe now.

21. Salsa Verde

A clear mixing bowl full of a traditional salsa verde.

Here’s a quick and easy way to make a tasty and tangy salsa verde. You don’t need too many ingredients for this traditional Mexican roasted tomatillo dip!

Roasted tomatillos and a few other ingredients are blended together and ready to serve.

Other than the fresh tomatillos, you just need a serrano or jalapeno pepper (or two, if you can handle the heat!), a lemon or lime, a clove of garlic, an onion, and some cilantro and salt.

It’s fast, customizable to your heat preferences, and so good with tortilla chips!

We share the recipe.

Pique the Vegan Palate

Foodal’s tasty collection of vegan appetizers uses the freshest ingredients in creative ways to pique the palate before you dive into the main course.

With no animal products, each appetizer shines with bright flavors from an entertaining assortment of vegetables, legumes, herbs, and spices.

So, fun host or hostess, which of these dips and snacks are you planning to serve at your next party? Let us know in the comments below!

Or, better yet, invite us over so we can have a taste of all the delish apps!

Photos by Raquel Smith, Nikki Cervone, Kendall Vanderslice, Meghan Yager, and Lorna Kring © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details.

About Nikki Cervone

Nikki Cervone is an ACS Certified Cheese Professional and cheesemonger living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she's not nibbling on her favorite cheeses or testing a batch of cupcakes, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga, wine, hiking, singing in the shower, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

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