15 Vegan Appetizers to Get This Party Started

No party is complete without appetizers! But what if you’re meat, egg and dairy-free? Vegans like to party too! I’ve got you covered. These 15 vegan appetizers are sure to please vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike.

Vegan Appetizer Recipes

Everyone loves a good party, vegans included. But parties aren’t much fun if there’s nothing for you to eat!

My solution: bring some vegan food along. Or better yet, host a shindig of your own! That way you’ll know there’s plenty of vegan snacks to be had.

Appetizers are where it’s at when it comes to party time. Frankly, I’ve been known to make an entire meal of appetizers at many-a-celebration in the past. Fortunately, vegan appetizers are some of the best ones around. I know — I’ve served most of the dishes on this list to omnivorous friends and family, always to glowing reviews.

So don’t hold back! These vegan appetizer recipes are perfect for get-togethers of all types, whether you’re hosting or a guest!

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Vegan Spinach Puffs

Vegan Spinach Puffs

These little puffs are seriously delicious and are great for prepping in advance! Just make the filling, assemble the puffs in a muffin tin, and then cover and chill. When you’re ready, pop them into the oven and bake to flaky perfection.

Maple Dijon Vegan Cheeseball

Maple Dijon Vegan Cheese Ball

I’ve fed this one to non-vegan friends and family members on multiple occasions without ever mentioning it’s vegan. It always gets devoured!

Baked Vegan Samosas

Plate of Baked Vegan Samosas with Dishes of Chutney and Water Glass in the Background

Don’t be fooled by the title of this one: these suckers are baked, but just as delicious and satisfying as their fried counterparts.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Bowl of Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Pita Bread and Water Glass in the Background

Any old hummus is great. But if it’s not doing it for you anymore or you’re just looking to switch things up, give this extra creamy, extra smoky version a try!

Vegan Zucchini Fritters with Garlic and Dill

Stack of Vegan Zucchini Fritters with Dish of Cashew Cream and Bunch of Dill in the Background

Put your self-restraint hat on before even attempting to make these little fritters. They are super indulgent and seriously addictive!

Vegan French Onion Dip

Hand Dipping a Chip into a Bowl of Vegan French Onion Dip

This vegan French onion dip is better than the original, thanks to caramelized onions, a touch of balsamic vinegar, and a creamy cashew base!

Sweet Potato Latkes with Spiked Apple Sauce

Sweet Potato Latkes with Spiked Apple Sauce

Making latkes without eggs can be a challenge. I know: I’ve failed so many times! But this sweet potato latke recipe uses a mix of commercial egg replacer, rice flour and chia seeds, and the latkes hold together like champs!

Smoky Tofu Dumplings with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

Smoky Tofu Dumplings with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

These pan-fried little dumplings make perfect vegan finger food! Tip: read the ingredients to make sure your dumpling wrappers are vegan — not all brands are.

Vegan Jalapeño Poppers

Vegan Jalapeño Poppers on a Distressed Baking Sheet with a Bowl of Dipping Sauce

These poppers have SO MUCH going for them. They’re baked (not fried!), totally dairy-free, and absolutely DE-LISH!

Muhammara

Muhammara (Roasted Red Pepper & Walnut Dip)

Move over hummus, there’s a new Mediterranean dip in town! This creamy muhammara is made with zippy roasted red peppers and walnuts. Grab some pita wedges and dig in!

Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms on a Plate with Toothpicks

These little vegan appetizers are always a hit! With smoky tempeh bacon, crispy panko breadcrumbs, and cashew cream cheese, you’d probably never guess they were meat and dairy-free.

Roasted Sweet Potato Sushi

Roasted Sweet Potato Sushi

Veggie sushi is a wonderful thing, but the usual cucumber, avocado and carrot rolls can get a little boring. Sweet potato to the rescue! Roasted sweet potato chunks make a surprisingly delicious sushi stuffer.

Vegan Mozzarella Sticks

Vegan Mozzarella Sticks

Ooey, gooey homemade cashew mozzarella cheese is sliced into sticks, batter dipped, and fried to crispy deliciousness to make these scrumptious little bites. Perfect with a big bowl of marinara sauce for dipping!

Nacho Sweet Potato Cheese

That's Nacho Sweet Potato Cheese!

That’s nacho sweet potato cheese! But it’s okay, because I’m willing to share mine! Ahem, sorry. Did you get that? In any event, this is in fact 100% vegan nacho cheese made from sweet potatoes. And it’s seriously good stuff!

Easy Tempura Vegetables

White Wooden Surface Set with Plate of Tempura Vegetables, Bowl of Dipping Sauce, Water Glass, and Chopsticks

What makes these tempura veggies easy? No deep-frying! I didn’t say no frying: just no submerging anything in a deep vat of hot oil. This tempura recipe uses shallow frying, and it’s a total game changer!

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