10 Easy Vegetarian and Vegan Party Dips and Appetizers

Simple Recipes That Are a Breeze to Whip Up

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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    Olive tapenade
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    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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    Bruschetta is a great excuse to splurge on a 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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    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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    Homemade vegan baba ganoush

    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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    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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    Fresh mango and peach salsa

    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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    Sweet potato fries

    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, it's also very low in fat.

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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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    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
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    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.