Vegan Appetizer Recipes
Spring Rolls with Carrot-Ginger Dipping Sauce
Roll up red bell pepper, beets, carrot, daikon, cucumber, and radish sprouts in delicate rice paper wrappers and serve with a tangy ginger-soy dipping sauce. These can be prepared a few hours in advance, or you can let your guests have fun making their own spring rolls.
Cumin, ginger, and star anise add depth to the standard hummus recipe. After pureeing the dip, stir in cilantro, chopped tomato, and scallions.
Baked Plantain Chips
Cut back on calories (as well as mess) by baking instead of frying. Toss sliced green plantains with vegetable oil and bake to a golden crisp.
The classic Italian combination of tomatoes, fresh basil, and olive oil make a crowd-pleasing topping for toasted baguette slices. Punch up the flavor by adding crushed garlic if you like.
Salsa Trio and Homemade Tortilla Chips
Start the fiesta with not one, but three salsas -- cruda, verde, and roasted tomato. All of these delicious dips can be made several days in advance.
Vegetarian Summer Rolls
Roll up avocado, carrot, cucumber, and fresh basil in delicate rice-paper wrappers and serve with a peanut and hoisin dipping sauces. These can be prepared a few hours in advance, or you can let your guests have fun making their own rolls.
White Bean Dip
Two cans of cannellini beans, fresh rosemary, and a splash of red-wine vinegar are all you need to make this easy dip. Serve it with crudites or crostini.
Sweet Potato Wedges with Sesame-Soy Dipping Sauce
Thick, oven-baked sweet potato wedges are a great appetizer for any casual party. An easy dipping sauce made from soy sauce, rice-wine vinegar, and toasted sesame oil makes the sweet potatoes especially irresistible.
Eggplant Caponata Crostini
The classic Sicilian dish combining eggplant, tomatoes, raisins, pine nuts, and vinegar gets added depth from unsweetened cocoa powder. Serve the caponata on crostini or enjoy it as a pasta sauce or a sandwich spread.
Mixed Provencal Olives with Preserved Lemon and Oregano
Roasted Red Pepper, Olive, and Caper Bruschetta
Mix together thin slices of roasted red pepper, garlic, olives, and capers with red-wine vinegar and olive oil to make this robust bruschetta. If you like, make the mixture a day ahead of time to allow the flavors to mingle.
Cremini mushrooms absorb the bold, tangy flavors of oregano, lemon juice, and white-wine vinegar in a 20-minute marinade. Serve these marinated mushrooms as part of an antipasti platter, along with olives, roasted peppers, and pickled vegetables such as green beans or cauliflower.
Coriander-Chile Pinto Bean Dip
This spicy spin on white-bean dip combines a can of pinto beans with coriander, paprika, garlic, and a splash of red-wine vinegar. Serve it with flatbread crackers or tortilla chips.
Shiitake Nori Rolls
Dried shiitake mushrooms, soba noodles, and shredded cabbage make a deliciously savory filling for this vegetarian stand-in for sushi rolls. Make a dipping sauce by adding lime juice, tamari, and chopped cilantro to the mushrooms' soaking liquid.
Falafel with Tahini Sauce
These crisp falafel balls are lively with cumin, coriander, cilantro, mint, parsley, and garlic. Serve them with tahini sauce and pickled vegetables.
Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip
This delectable dip blends roasted red peppers, walnuts, and balsamic vinegar. Paprika and cumin add smoky back notes.
Avocado Bruschetta with Green Sauce
Blend parsley, basil, garlic, and red-wine vinegar with olive oil to make the brilliant green herb sauce for this bruschetta. Spoon diced avocado on tip just before serving.
Chickpea, Mint, and Parsley Spread
Lots of fresh mint and parsley give bold flavor and a pleasant light-green hue to this chickpea and garlic spread. This appetizer can be made up to three days in advance. Serve the spread with warm pita bread or fresh vegetables for dipping.
Edamame with Chile Salt
Blend coarse salt, sugar and crushed red-pepper flakes in a spice grinder to make an easy, irresistible seasoning for edamame. This appetizer can be thrown together in about five minutes.
Mixed Olives with Caper Berries
Banana-Avocado Dip with Plantain Chips
Ripe banana and avocado make a quick, creamy dip for fried plantain chips. Green plantains, which are high in starch, make the crispiest chips.
A chunky relish of green olives and diced celery is spooned over creamy chickpea dip on toasted baguette slices. The relish and dip can be made up to three days in advance; assemble this appetizer just before you are ready to serve it.
Roasted Peppers with Garlic and Basil
Bell peppers become smoky and sweet when broiled. Serve these as part of an antipasto platter or tapas selection.
Two favorite party dips unite in this creamy recipe. Three cups of cilantro leaves give the dip its vivid green color.
Chilled Tofu, Japanese-Style
Have fun choosing different combinations of toppings for smooth silken tofu, including cilantro, grated ginger, toasted sesame seeds, radishes, and snow peas. Serve the garnishes tofu with a mirin-soy dipping sauce.
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
Cumin seeds and cayenne pepper give alluring flavor to this easy snack. The chickpeas become crisp when roasted in a hot oven.
Grilled Vegetables and Tomato Bread
Give grilled bread fresh flavor by rubbing a ripe tomato over the surface. Pile on an assortment of grilled summer vegetables and serve as an open-faced sandwich.
White-Bean and Caper Crostini
Capers and minced red onion liven up cannellini beans in this easy appetizer. If you like, add garlic or fresh herbs to the mixture.
This classic recipe for hummus combines canned chickpeas with garlic, tahini (sesame seed paste), and a pinch each of cumin and nutmeg. Serve as part of a mezze platter with stuffed grape leaves and marinated olives.