Vegetarian Appetizer Recipes

Recipes for easy and delicious vegetarian and vegan appetizers, including tartlets, roasted chickpeas, hummus, candied nuts, and more.

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Hummus III

Rating: 4.55 stars
Hummus is a pureed garbanzo bean dip with Middle Eastern origins. Serve with pita and an assortment of fresh vegetables. This is the secret combination straight from a Boston restaurant. Tahini, or sesame seed paste, can be found in health food stores, gourmet shops and even many grocery stores.

Vegetarian Buffalo Chicken Dip

Rating: 3.68 stars
Creamy, cheesy, spicy, vegetarian dip. I have been a vegetarian for 19 years, and this is a great hot dip for parties - enjoyed by non-vegetarians too! Serve with wheat tortilla chips.

Dill Dip III

Rating: 4.53 stars
My mother gave me this recipe, and told me never to share it, but I think everyone should enjoy it. This dip is definitely better if you make it one day ahead. It can be easily halved, because it makes so much!

Veggie Delight on Garlic Bread

Rating: 4.56 stars
Looks elegant and very, very tasty.

Vegan Air Fryer Taquitos

Rating: 4.67 stars
Delicious taquitos made with mashed potatoes just like mom used to make. Only now they're vegan and none of the flavors are sacrificed! Serve with sides of non-dairy yogurt, Mexican tomato sauce, guacamole, or your choice of sides.

Easy Red Pepper Hummus

Rating: 4.5 stars
Red Pepper Hummus that has been a favorite of all my friends. Easy to make! Serve with chips, pita chips, veggies, or whatever.

Parmesan Garlic Bread

Rating: 4.6 stars
This is a recipe I came up with myself. It is great with most Italian dishes. It can be doubled as needed.

Easy Cheese Ball II

Rating: 4.62 stars
A delicious and easy way to enjoy a cheese ball. Serve with crackers and enjoy! You can cut this recipe in half to make a smaller version. You could substitute Colby, mozzarella, or Monterey Jack cheese for the Cheddar the recipe calls for.

Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Rating: 4.78 stars
Easy to make, tasty fruit salsa and cinnamon tortilla chips. Great as an appetizer or a snack. Great for anytime!
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Balsamic Bruschetta

Rating: 4.75 stars
Simple appetizer - the balsamic vinegar gives it a little kick. Best if the mixture has 1 or 2 hours to blend flavors before serving.

Easy Guacamole

Rating: 4.56 stars
Simply a quick recipe for tasty guacamole! Great with tortilla chips or as a topping for Mexican foods!


Rating: 4.29 stars
These Mexican fritters are very common at fairs. In my border hometown, the line at this stand is always overwhelming. People wait hours in line just to get a taste of these churros. I have run across several recipes but this is the best one by far.

Inspiration and Ideas

Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms

Rating: Unrated
"This is the first time I have ever attempted to make stuffed mushrooms and they were great! There were NO leftovers! Easy, fast, and budget-friendly." – summer

Hummus III

Rating: Unrated
"Yummy! As people's diets are more diverse, hummus wins for just about everyone! It's vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free!" – Career2HomeSchoolMom

Japanese Tamago Egg

Rating: 4.56 stars

Tamago egg is classic Japanese folded omelet sometimes called tamagoyaki. The omelet is sweet, has a light texture, and works well when served over sushi rice and with soy and wasabi sauce for dipping. Tamago is the Japanese word for egg. Mirin is sweet rice wine and dashi is traditional Japanese soup stock (make from kelp or shiitake). These ingredients are now carried in most larger grocery stores or at Asian markets.