Easy Vegetarian and Vegan Party Dips and Appetizers

Serve up some vegetarian appetizers! As a vegan, I'm often disappointed to attend holiday parties and events that serve nothing but the same ol' veggies and ranch dressing, mini-meatballs and cheese and crackers. If you've got a party or a meeting coming up, serve some vegetarian appetizers or munchies that all your guests can eat! You can find more vegetarian and vegan appetizers for the holidays or anytime here or, view my complete collection of vegetarian dips.

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    Olive Tapenade Recipe

    Olive tapenade
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    Olive tapenade is a great spread to serve with crackers for an easy appetizer or hor d'ouerves. I've come up with this recipe, which uses two kinds of olives because I think the color combination adds to the dish. Although tapenade traditionally has anchovies in it, this recipe is both vegetarian and vegan and can be prepared in just a few minutes. Serve with crackers or toasted slices of artisan bread.
    See also: Olive Tapenade with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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    Vegan bruschetta with tomatoes and basil is an easy appetizer. Vegan bruschetta photo by Spiridus / stock.xchng

    Bruschetta is my favorite excuse to buy an expensive good quality oil! Shop for fresh organic tomatoes and enjoy the natural flavors in this simple vegetarian and vegan bruschetta appetizer. Bruschetta is a simple vegetarian appetizer that most people are familiar with. You can use toast points, sliced baguettes, or any artisan bread. Here're a few bruschetta ideas:

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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 then stuffed into oven-roasted mushroom caps for a delightful and savory finger food. Want to try a low-fat and low-calorie version suitable for a raw vegan diet? Try this raw vegan stuffed mushrooms with a walnut rosemary pate. Delish!

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    Homemade vegan baba ganoush
    Homemade vegan baba ganoush.

    Baba ganoush is a middle eastern eggplant dip similar to hummus. This recipe even calls for chickpeas, which are the main ingredient in hummus, to give it a thicker texture. I find that even people who swear they don't like eggplant absolutely love this recipe. Baba ganoush is a vegetarian appetizer that you could serve for just about any occasion. Serve with warmed pita bread.
    See also: Fat-free Baba Ganoush Recipe

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    A very cheesy bean dip recipe that you can serve with tortilla chips. Try adding some vegetarian mock meat crumbles for a thicker and more meaty texture.
    See also: 13 Vegetarian Bean Dip Recipes

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    Mango and Peach Salsa Recipe

    The sweet taste of mangos and peaches combine with onions and garlic in this easy salsa recipe. Try it with chips for a light snack, or add an elegant touch to any Mexican food dish.
    See also: More homemade salsa recipes

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    Sweet potato fries
    Baked sweet potato fries.

    Spice up some easy sweet potato fries with cayenne pepper and other spices. This recipe is baked rather than fried, so it is also very low fat, as well as vegetarian and vegan.

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    Fried Eggplant Fingers

    If you take something healthy then fry it, is it still healthy? I'll let you decide that one on your own, but healthy or not, these fried eggplant "fingers" will surely be gobbled up by all, including kids. Watch this quick video to get the recipe and see how it's done. Serve with a thin marinara sauce or homemade ranch dressing.

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    30 Second Vegan Chili "Cheese" Dip

    This dip is hardly a recipe (you just mix together two pre-made foods), but it's so simple and so yummy that I just have to include it! Be warned, however, that its called "30 Second" not only because that's how long it takes to make, but because that's how long it will last! It's just that good. So you might want to make more than one batch if you're expecting lots of people!
    See also: Vegetarian Chili Cheese Dip

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    This classic seven layer dip recipe is a quick and easy vegetarian appetizer, inspired by the flavors of Mexico. Spread a layer of beans and top with salsa, olives and more. You might also want to try this vegan 7 layer dip.

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    More vegan appetizers and Hors d' oeuvres

    If you`re not finding what you`re looking for here, scroll through these dozens of vegetarian and vegan appetizer recipe ideas and get inspired!
    Pictured: Spicy Southwestern Two Cheese Fondue