Are you ready to party? Make these tasty savory finger foods, appetizers, dips and sweet snacks that are easy to make but all the more delicious! Whether for a birthday party, Superbowl party or just a get together with friends, these vegan party food ideas will feed and impress the entire crowd!
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Vegan Party Food
Vegan Finger Foods
This recipe cleverly uses chickpea flour and plant-based milk as the egg wash for chestnut mushrooms that are then coated in garlicky panko breadcrumbs. The coating is crunchy while the mushrooms are moist.
Remember pigs in a blanket? Yes, mini hot dogs wrapped in crescent roll dough and dipped in mustard. These vegan piggies have only 4 ingredients and take just 10 minutes to prepare.
These pinwheels, or rollups, speak to the Mediterranean diet and its healthy accolades. With tomatoes, lettuce, artichokes, olives, and tortillas, you have a colorful and nutritious finger food that is accompanied by a tahini dipping sauce.
BBQ cauliflower bites are the ultimate stand-in for chicken wings at a party. They are crisp, sweet and spicy, and there is no grease dripping down your arms when you bite into them. This recipe is awesome because the “wings” are oven baked instead of deep-fried.
New or baby potatoes are halved and scooped out in the center to create boats for filling. They roast in a hot oven until soft on the interior with a browned outer skin. Fill them with fresh guacamole for the perfect two-bite snack.
These chewy and soft pretzel buns look and taste like they were sent from Heaven. They can be dipped in mustard or used as slider buns.
These deviled mushrooms might be as close as you will ever get to a deviled egg on a vegan diet. Creamy garbanzo bean and avocado filling is well-seasoned and piped into cremini mushrooms. This recipe is so vibrant and packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
What you will love about Mexican tortilla rollups is the use of hummus instead of cream cheese as the binder. Hummus is superior to vegan cream cheese in terms of nutrition.
Phyllo cups are one of the best inventions of the Greek islands for hors d’oeuvres. You can fill them with anything, like these hearts of palm “crab” bites. The shells are so flaky when they come out of the oven.
The most exciting part about summer is the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Cooling cucumber hummus bites embrace the best that summer offers to compliment your BBQ on a warm evening.
Mini pizzas are brilliant! These little gems are perfect treats because your guests can customize their own. Get your dough ready, put out a variety of toppings, and invite everyone to adorn their individual mini pies. Then, just pop them in the oven for 8 minutes.
These guacamole stuffed rolls are equally gorgeous to admire and eat. Flaky puffed pastry rolls are filled with a delicate almond, zucchini, and avocado guac.
Every party needs a charcuterie board. I know what you are thinking, doesn’t a charcuterie board have cured meats? This veganized charcuterie board will astonish your friends and family with how attractive and diverse it is with fruits, veggies, nuts, pickles, crackers, vegan cheese, and more.
14. Tea Sandwiches
Tea sandwiches are iconic finger foods for an afternoon party or shower. These swap out the eggs and seafood with tofu “egg” salad, chickpea “tuna” salad, carrot lox, and vegan cream cheese.
There is no reason you can’t serve sushi at your event. What I like about these cucumber sushi rolls filled with fresh veggies, avocado, and glazed tofu is how easy they are to eat with your hands. And, they are thoughtfully colorful.
Caponata is a lovely Sicilian spread prepared with eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, and olives. Make the spread well in advance and simply serve it with toasty garlic-rubbed baguette slices.
17. Big Mac Fries
Loaded French fries, or animal fries, are usually fried potatoes topped with ground meat and burger toppings. This Big Mac Fries recipe tastes like the famous burger, including the signature special sauce, minus the animals.
Garlic bread is a dinner party favorite. You can elevate basic garlic bread with this vibrant green kale pesto. It can be prepared in 25 minutes.
Vegan sausage rolls are bite-size puff pastry packets filled with a generously seasoned mixture of mashed sweet potatoes and garbanzo beans. They are good hot out of the oven or at room temperature.
20. Garlic Knots
It seems that every pizzeria offers garlic knots as a take-out party staple. But they are so much better when homemade and served right out of the oven with a side of marinara dipping sauce.
Are you a fan of cheesy deep-fried jalapeño poppers? For a healthier vegan variation, try these spicy peanut rice stuffed mini peppers. This recipe is also gluten-free and not fried. Adjust the heat to your liking.
Looking for a party snack with lots of protein? These Buffalo quinoa balls with ranch dressing are just that. Quinoa and cannellini beans are the base of the balls. The ranch dipping sauce is made with cashews. All this protein is spiced up with vegan buffalo sauce.
Toast is all the rage right now. This herbed mushroom on garlic toast might be at the top of my toast list. Meaty portobellos with fresh herbs on sourdough bread make for a satisfying bite.
24. Tofu Wonton Cups
Wonton wrappers aren’t just for making dumplings. They are fabulous when baked into a cup shape until golden and crunchy. Super foodie, Lisa Lin, fills the cups with slaw and sweet chili tofu for the perfect game day party.
If you are hosting a brunch, you will want to add potato skins with smoky chickpeas to the menu as a savory component. The recipe recommends making everything a day ahead so the flavors can develop and reheat when your company arrives.
When making polenta, it is a great idea to make some extra that you can refrigerate overnight and then fry in squares or triangles to use as the base for canapes. Fried polenta topped with mushrooms and onions is addictive.
27. Air Fryer Tacos
There was a time when the air fryer replaced my oven and grill for quick and healthier meals. Vegan air fryer tacos fall are just that, quick and not dripping in oil. These are mini taco shells filled with spiced-up mashed potatoes.
28. Veggie Pinwheels
Broccoli and carrots are combined with herbed vegan cheeses and mayo to make a filling for rolled-up flour tortillas. The tortillas are sliced into bite-size pinwheels. It is one way to entice the kiddos to eat some veggies.
Some party food is simply meant to be shared and a little messy. This vegan pull-apart bread is a crusty loaf that is filled with gooey vegan cheese and garlic. You have to get in there with your hands and just pull a piece off to enjoy.
Popcorn might be the most versatile snack food on the planet. It has all those great nooks and crannies to grab flavorings like chili and lime that are drizzled with coconut oil to keep it vegan.
Don’t let the name of the recipe fool you. These egg rolls don’t have any eggs in them. The savory Vegan egg roll is filled with chunky homemade guacamole and then fried to crispy perfection. Serve these appetizers with cilantro ranch dip.
This recipe will ensure that you make flawless poblano biscuits. It walks you through every step of the way to achieve the most comforting biscuits that are perfect for a Sunday brunch gathering.
Want a healthy snack for a kid’s party? These carrots in a blanket are just the right treats and more nutritious than mini hotdogs. They are also really cute. Serve them with honey mustard.
Vegan pizza pinwheels are terrific for preparing in large batches to bring to your next party. Fill puffed pastry or pizza dough with tomato and vegetable sauce, roll it up, slice into pinwheels, and bake. That’s it!
Focaccia bread is always a crowd-pleaser. What is so great about this no-knead bread is that you can make it in advance. And, you can top it with things like fresh herbs, sundried tomatoes, and olives.
If you are like I am, you probably have a can of chickpeas in your pantry for quick protein dishes. Buffalo chickpea pinwheels are a snap to make. They are both creamy, crunchy, and satisfying.
Mozzarella sticks might be the most popular hot finger food, especially for the little ones. You can make a dairy-free version using hearts of palm. They get air-fried until crisp. Just dip them in marinara like you would the cheesy variety.
Imagine gathering around your kitchen island with good friends and a nice bottle or two of wine. In the center of the island is this incredible vegan snack board with fruits and veggies, roasted chickpeas, olives, nuts, non-dairy cheese, hummus, and whole wheat crackers.
Waffle fry nachos are such a creative spin on traditional nachos. The bottom layer of fries is loaded with vegan queso, pico de gallo, and avocados. What a refreshing pivot from otherwise heavy nachos laden with meat and cheese.
Like most of us, you might have grown up eating Cheez-its crackers. For a vegan alternative, try these cheesy herbed crackers made with nutritional yeast, the best vegan substitute for parmesan cheese.
Vegan Party Dips
Need a good option for lunch with your gal pals? Lentil “tuna” spread is a plant-based paté that you can spread on baguette slices and top with cucumbers and baby spinach leaves.
Recreate your favorite Chipotle salsa with fresh corn kernels and chili peppers. This is a tangy side that is excellent for a summer BBQ or beach party.
43. Whipped Feta Dip
If you love salty and tangy feta cheese, you will crave this vegan whipped feta dip. It is seasoned with plenty of herbs, spices, and lemon zest. It is whipped in a food processor until velvety smooth. Place the dip in the center of a platter of pita triangles.
44. Olive Tapenade
Tapenade is a lovely cured olive-based condiment that can be spread on crostini or added to a charcuterie board. To make it vegan, the anchovies are omitted.
45. Crack Dip
Crack dip is pretty much what it sounds like, dip on steroids. Vegan mayo and cheese are amped up with ranch seasoning and plant-based bacon bits. This is great with a pile of crunchy chips.
With so many great vegan cheeses now available, you will want to make this classic southern dip recipe. It is sure to be a hit at your next Superbowl party with soft pretzels for dunking into it.
Ready for Ceviche? Yes, ceviche can be vegan and Nancy, a Mexican food blogger, has nailed it with her hearts of palm ceviche recipe. The tender and crisp cores of palm plants absorb the citrus juices just like fresh fish.
Do you wish you could enjoy a bread bowl filled with bubbling hot spinach artichoke dip? Your party guests will never know that this indulgent dip is vegan. The excess bread bits can be toasted and used to scoop out the dip.
Vegan street corn dip is a must-have for any gathering, including a children’s birthday party. You can’t beat the texture with the melty cashew cheese studded with sweet corn kernels and black beans that is baked until warmed through.
The secret ingredient in vegan buffalo chicken dip is artichokes to give this epic party condiment the feel of shredded chicken. And, you don’t need to empty your wallet on expensive vegan cheese products.
51. French Onion Dip
Back in the day, it was nearly impossible to attend a party that didn’t have French onion dip and potato chips. Skip the onion soup packet for seasoning and use real onions that are caramelized for the most decadent vegan onion dip.
A nutty and sharp cheese ball should grace every holiday appetizer table. What is unique about this recipe is the addition of salty and earthy miso paste. It is just the right consistency for rolling into a ball or shaping into a log.
Vegan Party Sweets
53. Fruit Salad Cups
The best way to end your holiday dinner is with a super fresh and light fruit salad served in a glass cup. Layer the colorful fruit and top it with vegan whipped cream and a garnish that speaks to the holiday you are celebrating.
54. Jaffa Cakes
Jaffa cakes are probably the cutest little dessert cakes the UK has to offer. And, they are delicious. They are little round sponge cakes topped with citrus jelly and coated in dark chocolate. You eat them with your hand like a biscuit or cookie.
Weekend gatherings can mean several meals for many. Peanut butter, banana, and chocolate chip muffins are ideal for fueling up your guests in the morning without slaving over a hot stove. Just brew some coffee and bake a batch.
Aren’t jello shots fun? If you haven’t tried them, they are easy and always a festive party favorite. You only need fruit juice, sugar, vodka, and agar agar. The agar agar is what makes these vegan – no need for gelatin.
Vegan glazed donut holes with rainbow sprinkles are simply adorable. The kids will flip over them. The sprinkles are essential.
I hadn’t ever thought to make a dessert board. This is a smart idea for a party so that vegans and gluten-avoiders have options. Layer a cutting board with items such as fruit, vegan cheese, gluten-free biscotti, and chocolate spread.
If you are a self-proclaimed cookie lover, this recipe for giant cookies 4 ways won’t disappoint. They are made without dairy or eggs and your guests most definitely won’t know.
Okay, this is genius. Sweet apple nachos could not be simpler or tastier. This dessert or breakfast treat is a great way to get your daily apple with a hit of protein in the form of a nut or seed butter. The recipe developer encourages you to try vegan cheese as another topping.
Make these strawberry margarita jello shots for your next get-together and bring the party to life. They are vibrant in color and pack a little punch with tequila. Of course, you can make virgin shots for those who don’t imbibe but still want to play.
One of the most classic dessert combinations is chocolate and berries, especially strawberries. You can take this concept to the next level with a dairy-free chocolate and berry dessert charcuterie board.
63. Rose Gummy Bears
These rosé gummy bears are incredibly upscale with a pale pink color and a small fleck of edible gold leaf. The rosé wine gives the gummy bears an adult rating.
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Lentil "Tuna" Salad Recipe
- 2 cup lentils (cooked)
- 1 head yellow onion (finely chopped)
- 2 clove garlic (small)
- 4 tsp mustard
- 4 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper ground
- 4 slices whole wheat bread toasted
- 1/3 medium cucumber sliced
- 1 cup spinach
- Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a medium pan, then add the onion and caramelize. Add the lentils, salt and pepper.
- Stir the mixture on medium heat for 5 minutes or less. When you're done, add the mustard and garlic at the end.
- When you're done, let the mixture cool 5 minutes, then put it in a food processor and blend for 30 seconds or until you reach the desired consistency.
- Place your spread in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Serve on baguette slices or in a sandwich with a few slices of fresh cucumber.
Vegan Party Food FAQ
Some easy, crowd-pleasing appetizers and mains to serve vegan guests include dips like guacamole, vegan spinach artichoke dip, and hummus, and fun buffet-style meals like a make-your-own taco bar, sandwiches, and casseroles. Everyone has different tastes and preferences, so when in doubt, ask your guests about their favorite foods!
Potato chips, tortilla chips, and corn chips are almost always vegan, especially the plain varieties. Some flavored chips like Doritos, sour cream and onion potato chips, and some barbecue chips contain non-vegan ingredients like milk, cheese, and meat flavor, so be sure to check the ingredients list before buying.
Some healthy finger foods that are easy to prepare for a large group include fruit trays with a vegan yogurt dip, veggie sticks with dips like hummus, guacamole, and vegan cream cheese, bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, and roasted cauliflower bites. There are so many more options, so try picking a theme or particular cuisine to plan your menu.
Charcuterie boards are typically composed of a variety of meats, cheeses, fruit, olives, and crackers with a wine pairing, so choose your favorite meat alternatives, vegan cheeses, and vegan-friendly wine to create an artful display. Charcuterie boards don’t have to be traditional either—“charcuterie” boards made with sweets are trending and make for a fun way to serve dessert!