Whether you’re setting up a birthday party, or traveling to the Middle East, appetizers play a big role. Unfortunately, while you can find many in a supermarket, not all are suitable for vegans.
And while we can find an unlimited number of vegan snack recipes via Mr. Google, I want to find appetizers that need the least amount of preparation.
Why is that? Well, because it’s more convenient.
Besides, not everyone has the time to make appetizers, surely not while traveling. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of thirty different appetizers that you can either:
- Find in any local supermarket or grocery store;
- Prepare very quickly, so that you save time.
Here’s a list of 30 different appetizers that will delight even your meat-eating friends:
#1 – Hummus
Hummus. Frankly, it’s not only delicious, but it’s very easy to make. Plus, if you don’t want to make it at home, you can always buy it in a supermarket, since there’s a commercialized version of it. This being said, I still feel like the commercialized version has one too many additives (or strange ingredients), so I’d recommend you to make a homemade version of it.
There are many hummus recipes, but for the sake of keeping things simple, this is the one I recommend.
According to the maker, this is the best hummus recipe ever.
#2 – Vegan Samosas
Traditionally made samosas may not vegan, but that very much depends on the filling being used. Typically, the dough covering the filling is vegan, so you can still have vegan samosas. Even vegan samosas are commercialized, but like anything else, you can always try to make yours at home. Not only it’s more healthy, but they’re usually more flavorsome if made well.
But of course, if you don’t have time to waste, you can choose to buy vegetable samosas in the supermarket or order them through Walmart. However, I’d still recommend you make yours at home since it’s healthier.
Here is a delicious vegan samosa recipe.
#3 – Vegetable Dumplings
If you love Asian cuisine, you’re going to love this suggestion.
Dumplings are deeply ingrained in Asian culture, and they typically differ from country to country.
In this blog post, I want to share with you a more traditional recipe, bringing whoever eats these dumplings closer to Asian roots. This recipe is very unique, yet it relies on basic ingredients like tofu, bok choy, and shitake mushrooms.
Alongside the dumplings, you have peanut sauce for dipping and drizzling.
According to the maker, here’s the best damn vegan dumpling recipe.
#4 – Spring Rolls
Another great vegan appetizer is spring rolls.
This is a popular snack in Chinese cuisine, and it’s mostly considered vegan since they’re usually stuffed with vegetables. Albeit done involuntarily, most recipes are vegetable-based since the original recipe is vegan.
For instance, here is one of my favorite recipes, which you can use as appetizers when receiving guests. It’s different from the original (particularly the dough), but it’s still crispy, and savory.
#5 – Creamy Avocado Dip
For this recipe, you can use bread, tortillas, or chips and dip them in the avocado dip. This here is an easy alternative to guacamole, because you’re just using four basic ingredients and blending them in a food processor or blender.
For parties, this is typically served with carrot or courgette sticks, or if you want to go a little dirt… chips. However, this is also wonderfully delicious when spread on quesadillas, tacos, nachos and more.
Trust me when I say… this recipe is delicious!
#6 – Regular Dried Fruits
If you’re like me and love traveling, you know how much of a dilemma it is to find snacks in local grocery stores. Well, there’s plenty of choices, though. Mine is to get a mixture of dried fruits and nuts.
One of my favorites is Happy Belly. This is a mixture of various fruits like pineapple, papaya, mango, raisins, peanuts, cashews, banana chips, Brazil nuts, and coconut chips. If I’m not mistaken, I believe it’s also called a cocktail mix.
Anyway, it’s probably the healthiest solution available, if we compare it to chips and other equally processed foods.
#7 – Spicy Sweet Chili Flavored Tortilla Chips.
Frankly, these are my all-time favorite chips.
I’m just a sucker for chili flavored foods and this is one of them. If you’re traveling, you can easily find this one in supermarkets or local grocery stores. Though not healthy, it’s pretty good if you wanna get dirty once in a while.
#8 – Chocolate Chip Cookies
Do you want soft, chewy and melt in your mouth chocolate chip cookies?
If you have a bunch of kids gathering in your house for your son’s birthday party, chocolate chip cookies are a wonderful appetizer. While I do prefer homemade recipes without all the crazy additives, there are also commercially available options.
That’s why I’m going to provide you both.
On Chocolatecoveredkatie.com you can easily access one of the most popular vegan chocolate chip recipes. And then you can find the famous Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Cookies online or in a Walmart close to you.
#9 – Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip
This is one of the exceptions to the rule, but I could not keep it out of the list.
Although it takes a little over an hour to prepare, the spinach and artichoke dip acts well as an appetizer. Generally, the original version is non-vegan because it’s covered in cheese, but a vegan version of it is easy to make.
If you want to surprise your guests, just prepare this delicacy with some bread on the side. In fact, you can make it an appetizer, or just have it as a main meal. Either way is fine.
The wonderful Minimalist Baker has this vegan recipe that is just delightful.
#10 – Simple Tofu Quiche.
This quiche recipe is very simple. In fact, even if you’ve never cooked before, you’re going to be able to do it. Although it’s loaded with 10 ingredients, the recipe maker believes you can nail it with beginner-level skills.
The recipe I’m about to share with you is savory, comforting, packed with veggies, and unbelievably close to a non-vegan quiche. Again, it takes a while to cook, but you only need to be hands-on for a couple of minutes.
If you love quiches, then this recipe by the Minimalist Baker is the one for you.
#11 – Spiralized Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quesadillas
This recipe can be a bit tricky since you need to spiralize the sweet potato, but at the end of it, you can have the pleasure of eating the most amazing vegan quesadillas. (Yup, you can trust me on that).
And if you haven’t got a spiralizer, you can easily get one on Amazon.
According to the recipe maker, these quesadillas are stuffed with spicy sweet potatoes, black beans, and melted vegan cheese. Also, you can serve them with avocado dip, which is a great complement to the spicy flavor of the quesadillas.
Want this amazing recipe? Find it at cookieandkate.com. (Vegetarian website)
Just thinking about it makes me hungry. 🙂
#12 – Garlic Bread with Olive Oil
Eating garlic bread with olive oil is something I love to do!
Again, you can follow a recipe and make it yourself, but you also have commercially available options. It all depends on my degree of laziness but making it doesn’t take that much time.
It might take 15-20 minutes, but that’s mostly cooking time.
I might as well tell you that NOT ALL commercially available options are vegan since they might contain non-vegan butter.
Therefore, always make sure to check the ingredients, and choose the most appropriate one. Garlic bread will differ from brand to brand, but you should be able to find a vegan version quite easily.
It’s crusty, savory and since we’re talking bread here, it can weigh down on your belly very quickly.
#13 – Veggie Croquettes
I’ve always been a croquette lover since young. In fact, it’s quite a popular snack in small coffee shops here in Portugal.
Unfortunately, the majority (if not all), contain meat.
This being said, you can easily make a vegan version at home. In Portugal, they’re shaped like small, round sausages, but at home, you have the freedom to define their shape and taste.
The ilovevegan.com recipe website has a veggie croquette recipe that is quite adaptable, in the sense you can stuff the croquettes with whatever vegetables you want.
#14 – 5-Ingredient Granola Bars
These are not your typical appetizers, at least for those with a fancy-looking table. However, granola bars are often used as after gym snacks, or if you want a boost of energy, before your workout.
Alas, that’s if we consider granola bars smothered in plastic.
Homemade granola bar recipes can look quite fancy, and I wouldn’t mind setting them up on my table. The Minimalist Baker has an amazing 5-ingredient granola bar recipe that takes 15 minutes to make. Yes, my friend, 10 granola bars in 15 minutes.
If you love peanut butter and maple syrup, then you’re going to be surprised by the combination of both flavors.
Be sure to get the recipe here.
#15 – Vegan Caramel Popcorn
Who doesn’t love some sweet tasting popcorn? I don’t go to the movies for the movie — I got to the movies for the popcorn! (Not always, but the movie needs to be promising).
Anyway, if you love to binge-watch Netflix, or if you have a sweet tooth, popcorn can be the ideal appetizer. Frankly, most popcorn sold in supermarkets are filled with crazy ingredients, so I’d rather make my own at home.
As a result, my favorite recipe is the one by ‘It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken’ — Easy Vegan Caramel Popcorn.
Give it a try!
#16 – Simple Vegan Guacamole
Do you have ten minutes? Well, then you can actually make simple vegan guacamole that delights any guest. All you have to ensure is that you buy good avocados, other than that nothing can go wrong.
Provided you get good avocados, you’re on your way to make the most delicious guacamole ever. You can even make it ahead of time since the lime juice keeps it from going down for 2-3 days in the fridge.
Just head on to Loving it Vegan for this amazing recipe!
#17 – Vegan Tempura
Tempura is actually a classic Portuguese dish that was exported to Japan, where it was then popularized. It usually consists of fried vegetables (and fish), wrapped in a thin layer of puree.
Typically, this layer of puree is made from dough and eggs, but you can actually exclude the eggs to make it vegan. Then from there, you just have to use vegetables and exclude the fish.
The Lazy Cat Kitchen website actually has the vegan version of this dish, which is very simple to make.
#18 – Vegan Baked Polenta Fries
If you wanna be original and NOT make fries with potatoes, you can always use polenta for that purpose. Well, sometimes it’s a good idea to vary the flavors and keep things interesting.
Polenta gets very crispy when baked at high temperatures, so they’re as crispy as regularly cooked fries. Plus, generally, polenta is pretty cheap, and it’s a tad bit more nutritious than regular potatoes.
In fact, if you decide to make the polenta yourself, you can use soy milk (instead of water), to add the fortified nutrients from the milk to the polenta, which will make it way healthier than regular potatoes.
#19 – Fried Risotto Balls
Risotto is never associated with veganism because it’s usually made with butter and parmesan. However, vegan cheese and butter, make it so you can create vegan versions of it.
The same goes for these fried risotto balls.
One Green Planet has prepared a vegan recipe that will give you bite-sized balls crispy on the outside and stuffed with gooey cheesy goodness on the inside. Lest not forget the marinara on the side as well.
#20 – Turmeric Chickpea Fritters
What are chickpea fritters? Well, if you’ve had falafels in the past, you can expect flavorsome balls that are crispy on the outside, and tender on the inside. They can be both the perfect appetizer and lunch.
You can serve them inside a pitta with hummus, or you can just as easily wrapped them in lettuce and vegetables.
Or, you can just serve them raw, stabbed with toothpicks for an utterly delicious appetizer.
Whatever you choose, you and your guests will not repent the choice.
For the greatest chickpea fritter recipe, you should visit The Minimalist Baker.
#21 – Onion Rings With Dipping Sauce.
As appetizers, onion rings are not bad. Especially if you dip them in vegan chipotle aioli.
Nonetheless, you can afford to eat them without dipping, which is fine too, to be honest. The recipe I’m about to share with you makes for delicious crispy and gluten-free onion rings that happen to be vegan.
Not the most popular of snacks, but it’s certainly a nice option for some day time snacking. This recipe from The Minimalist Baker is wondrous, and it should take you 30 minutes at best.
Sure, you can get some frozen onion rings from the supermarket, but they’re never as good as properly homemade onion rings. However, if you’re out of time, you know the frozen option is always available.
#22 – Super Savory Vegan Chicken Nuggets
Chicken nuggets are never too healthy, not even vegan chicken nuggets.
But sometimes we just want to evaporate some of the nostalgia and remind us of how flavorsome the nuggets were. I personally never ate too many nuggets, but my nephew has always been a nugget devourer.
Anyway, the peeps at Vegan Haven have a delicious vegan nugget recipe that is quick and delicious. This particular recipe is made with chickpeas and a crispy cornflakes crust that keeps the outer layer very crispy.
Note that the texture of these vegan nuggets will be different from the original chicken nuggets.
#23 – Vegan Brocolli Tots
Brocolli is not known for its rich taste.
Yet I don’t know how, but when they morph into broccoli tots, there’s nothing else I’d want more.
The crispiness and deep flavor of the broccoli tots make it the perfect appetizer, successfully building up the craving for the main dish. In this amazing recipe, you have a non-vegan and a vegan version. While the non-vegan version relies on egg and parmesan, the vegan version uses nutritional yeast and ground flaxseeds.
Surprisingly, the recipe maker prefers the later, which is amazing if we consider the limitless examples of vegan alternatives that fail to live up to expectations.
#24 – Raw Cashew Almond Cheese
Dammit, I admit. I’ve always been a cheese lover. I’ve always loved cheese toast, and I’ve always loved the type of cheese you can see in the image above. In Portugal, that type of cheese is very popular and makes for a good mid-afternoon snack.
Naturally, it’s frequently used as an appetizer, as well.
That’s why I want to share with you a recipe that is super delicious, and very easy to make. In fact, I’ve always assumed it was hard because of the shape… but I was wrong.
Anyway, you can find the recipe here, on One Green Planet’s website.
#25 – Avocado Toasts
Avocado toasts are creamy, tasty and satisfying. And you can make them in many different ways, but they’re always meant to be eaten fresh since the avocado browns over time.
While the recipe I’m about to share with you is not entirely vegan, given how the author makes recommendations like adding eggs… The ingredients in the core recipe are vegan. However, you have to pay attention to the suggested variations:
- Everything Bagel Avocado Toast (N/A)
- Loaded Avocado Toast (vegan)
- Tomato-Basil Avocado Toast with Balsamic Drizzle (vegan)
- Cafe Gitane-Style Avocado Toast (vegan)
Even though most appear to vegan, it’s always smart to be careful.
The recipe is not advertised as vegan, but from what I can tell, it is.
#26 – Veggie Sushi 4 Ways
Let’s be honest, for someone as unskilled as me, making sushi takes practice. But as an appetizer (and even as a main meal), sushi is a crowd-pleaser. I don’t know how it’s like in the United States, but in Portugal people LOVE sushi.
Alas, I figured it would be interesting to include a vegan sushi recipe in this blog post.
Veggie Sushi 4 Way is a recipe with four vegan sushi variations:
- Shitake Veggie Roll
- Sweet Potato Tempura Roll
- Avocado Cucumber Mango Roll
- Teriyaki Tofu Roll
While it may seem confusing and technically difficult at first, a tool like the bamboo sushi mat helps you roll the sushi perfectly. Click here to check out the recipe.
#27 – Oven Roasted Root Vegetables
Shall we get back to basics? This recipe is the most simple thing you can do.
You cut a couple of vegetables, season them, and throw ’em in the oven.
What else could make up for a healthier appetizer? Vegetables are the best. Root vegetables, in particular, are sweet and heart-warming, and you can easily cook up another batch if you feel like your guests are craving for it.
#28 – Sweet Potatoes With Miso Gravy
Another simple dish that works very well as an appetizer is a curry and garlic-flavored sweet potatoes, with a dash of miso gravy on the side to give it a touch of creaminess.
If you just want a quick snack, or maybe even serve to your guests in neatly prepared plates, this one I recommend. Given my lazy nature and the complexity of the dish, it’s one of my favorites.
The person behind The First Mess nailed down this recipe really well and shares it within this blog post.
#29 – Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
As you probably know, the original peanut butter cups (Reese’s) are not vegan.
Thankfully, the vegan movement is growing, and not only can you find original vegan recipes of peanut butter cups, but you can also find commercialized alternatives. If you’re not aware, peanut butter cups are essentially chocolate cups with a sugary peanut buttercream within. They’re incredibly delicious and make for amazing appetizers.
If you’d rather buy peanut butter cups, you can find cool alternatives like:
- Justin’s Nut Butter Mini Peanut Butter Cups
- Legendary Foods – Peanut Butter Cups
- Unreal – Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
These are all suitable alternatives, but there’s a significant price difference between the first alternative and the other two. As far as taste goes, the opinions are mixed (within Amazon’s review system), since the taste varies from person to person.
If you’re more of a hands-on person, you can also consider making your own homemade version. For instance, ‘It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken’ has an amazing vegan peanut butter cup recipe within her website.
In fact, she also has video content to help you out.
All in all, a great appetizer to surprise your sweet-toothed guests with.
#30 – Vegan Brownies
Maybe I should’ve placed this one further up the page.
We all know that brownies are delicious, especially if they’re free from animal products. But why is this recipe I’m about to show you the best vegan brownies recipe ever?
Well, the author of the recipe tested 6 versions of vegan brownies before reaching a conclusion. In fact, It took six attempts before finding the right taste and texture of this incredible vegan brownie.
If you’re interested in the recipe, just click this link to visit the website.