12 Easy Vegetarian and Vegan Party Dips and Appetizers

Parties are a perfect excuse to get in the kitchen and create a few delicious vegetarian and vegan appetizers. These recipes are surprisingly simple and many can be made up at the last minute. From tasty dips to little bites, they're full of flavor and perfect for holidays, dinner parties, game day, or anytime you want to serve a simple, pleasing appetizer to your guests.

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    Vegan Olive Tapenade Recipe

    Vegan Olive Tapenade

    The Spruce

    Olive tapenade is a perfect spread to serve with crackers or toasted baguettes for easy hors-d'oeuvres. There are many variations, but this recipe uses two kinds of olives to give it a nice color. The best part is that it takes just a few minutes to make.

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    Vegan Bruschetta

    Easy Vegan Bruschetta

     The Spruce

    Bruschetta is a great excuse to splurge on high-quality olive oil and take advantage of the freshest produce in the market. With fresh tomatoes and basil, you can enjoy the natural flavors of this simple vegan bruschetta. For the bread, you can use toast points, sliced baguettes, or any artisan bread.

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    Gourmet Stuffed Mushrooms

    Stuffed Mushrooms
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    For the perfect vegetarian finger food at a party, try a simple stuffed mushrooms recipe. In this one, vegetarian sausage is pan-fried with onions, peppers, and fresh parsley. That mix is stuffed into oven-roasted mushroom caps for a delightful and savory appetizer.

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    Bang Bang Cauliflower

    bang bang cauliflower
    Leah Maroney

    There are appetizers, and then there are legendary appetizers. This recipe is a riff off of Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish Grill, which has a near-cult following. Vegetarian and dairy-free (it does contain egg, however, so it's not vegan), it's an irresistible snack. Serve it on top of quinoa, with a side salad, for a complete dinner in a bowl.

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    Baba Ganoush Recipe

    Easy vegan baba ganoush eggplant hummus

    The Spruce

    Baba ganoush is a Middle Eastern eggplant dip that is similar to hummus. It's ideal for a party when served with warmed pita bread. This recipe calls for chickpeas—the main ingredient in hummus—to give it a thicker texture. You might even find that people who swear they don't like eggplant absolutely love this recipe.

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    Black Beans con Queso

    Bowls of guacamole and queso with tortilla chips
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    Everyone loves a great bean dip and this black beans con queso recipe is a cheesy delight that will not disappoint. Serve it with your favorite tortilla chips and let everyone dig in. If you like, try adding some vegetarian mock meat crumbles for a thicker and meatier texture.

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    Nachos with Homemade Vegan Cheese Sauce

    Nachos with Homemade Vegan Cheese Sauce

    The Spruce / Laurel Randolph

    Everyone will love these nachos, whether they're vegan, vegetarian, or a meat-eater. The creamy "cheese" sauce is made from soaked cashews, nutritional yeast, spices, and nut milk. It's flavorful and decadent, and pairs perfectly with beans, salsa, and a pile of guacamole.

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    Mango and Peach Salsa Recipe

    Salsa Bruschetta
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    The sweet taste of mangos and peaches combine with onions and garlic in this easy summer salsa recipe. Try it with chips for a light appetizer or use it to add a fruity, elegant touch to any Mexican dish.

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    Baked Sweet Potato Fries

    Low fat baked sweet potato fries

    Emily Hawkes for The Spruce

    For an appetizer that's easy but a little out of the norm, turn to sweet potato fries. This sweet potato fries recipe adds cayenne and other spices and is baked rather than fried. Not only does it have a great kick of flavor, but it's low in fat.

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    Fried Eggplant Fingers

    Zucchini and eggplant fritters
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    If you take something healthy then fry it, is it still healthy? We'll let you decide that one on your own. Healthy or not, these fried eggplant "fingers" will surely be gobbled up by all, including kids. Serve them with a thin marinara sauce or homemade ranch dressing.

    Be aware that this recipe does include eggs. Whether or not eggs fit with your vegetarian diet is a matter of personal choice.

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    Vegetarian Seven Layer Bean Dip

    Homemade Mexican 7 Layer Dip
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    Get everything that's great about Mexican cuisine in a classic seven-layer dip. The recipe is easy and comes together faster than you might expect. When served with tortilla chips, it's the ultimate dipper for any occasion.

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    Spinach Dip

    Easy spinach dip recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Anastasiia Tretiak

    Arguably the most popular vegetarian dip, it's hard to find someone who doesn't like a good spinach dip. This recipe requires just five common ingredients and it's ready within the hour. You will be pleasantly surprised that it rivals—if not outshines—the spinach dips so many restaurants offer.