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    The 40 BEST Vegetarian Appetizers

    If you need some interesting new Vegetarian Appetizers for , you’ve come to the right place!

    There is an amazing range of recipes here. Whatever the occasions, there’s the perfect appetizer for your to make here.

    You’ll find plenty of great recipes from dips to finger foods to salads and more.

    Cook you way through all of these vegetarian appetizers, they’re all fantastic! And be sure to let us know your favorites!

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    Vegetarian Appetizers:

    1. Cherry Tomato Confit

    Meet your new summer flavor bomb recipe, Cherry Tomato Confit. Try this savory, sweet, and tasty dish using only 4 easy ingredients.

    Combining fresh cherry tomatoes with heart healthy olive oil, and in less than 30-minute yon can create this magical confit. It’s so good!

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    2. Cowboy Caviar

    Are you looking for easy, healthy, and delicious appetizer options for your get-togethers? Look no further then Cowboy Caviar.

    This no-cook recipe is made with super colorful ingredients which are mixed together with a zesty homemade dressing.

    You can serve it as a dip, or as a salsa.

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    3. Melitzanosalata (Greek Eggplant Dip)

    Our Melitzanosalata recipe is going to be the new star of your dip spread. Creamy, smoky roasted eggplant along with a good dousing of good old EVOO and a few other flavor enhancers.

    This Greek Eggplant Dip is so super simple, yet the end result is too good. All you need is a big pile of pitas to scoop it up.

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    4. Olive Tapenade

    Olive Tapenade is a very popular French dish, which makes a perfect summer appetizer.

    It’s made with earthy olives, capers, garlic, other flavorful ingredients, and lots of olive oil. Tapenade is a very versatile appetizer that goes with a variety of things.

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    5. Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

    Here’s one of our favorite vegetarian appetizers, the most elegant meatless recipe, Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms.

    It’s so easy and quick to create this showstopper dish, which is brimming with amazing flavors.

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    6. Moutabal

    If you are an eggplant fan, then you are going to love this Moutabal. It’s an easy Middle Eastern Eggplant Dip.

    Moutabal has great creamy, zingy, and nutty flavors, which make an irresistible dip. It’s one of our favorite vegetarian appetizers!

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    7.  Falafel 

    Falafel are fried (sometimes baked) balls of mashed chickpeas or fava beans mixed with spices and herbs. You can throw them on top of a salad, in a pita, or eat them as appetizers, dipping in sauces. All good and all simply addictive.

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    8. Mayak Eggs (Korean Marinated Eggs)

    Here’s a cracking Asian appetizer that you will keep in your back pocket, marinated Mayak Eggs.

    This fantastic recipe is a breeze to make, just marinade your soft boiled eggs overnight in a sweet, salty, and spicy marinade.

    That’s it, your flavorful and delicious eggs are ready to relish.

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    9. Tzatziki

    Greek Cucumber Yogurt Sauce, famously known as Tzatziki, is a magical dish that you can use as a flavorful dip, sauce, or a tasty spread.

    This 15 minutes of deliciousness is all about refreshing grated cucumber mixed with yogurt, garlic, lemon, and herbs to create a masterpiece. Give it a try!

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    10. Caponata 

    Caponata comes straight from Sicily to your home. Enjoy an explosion of flavors made easily with eggplant cooked with veggies, raisins, honey, capers and olives, and vinegar.

    You can serve this fantastic dish many ways, but traditionally it’s served with crostini or crusty bread.

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    11. Balela Salad (Middle Eastern Bean Salad)

    You all will love this hearty bowl of colorful Balela Salad.

    This healthy bowl is brimming with delicious flavors, ingredients, and textures, and makes a perfect contender for potlucks, parties, or get-togethers. You will surely enjoy this yummy salad.

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    12. Peach Salsa

    Peach Salsa is a must during peach season, as it makes the easiest appetizer, which takes hardly 10 minutes to whip up.

    Enjoy this version of peach salsa, which is great for dipping or pairing with your delicious mains.

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    13. Tyrokafteri (Spicy Greek Feta Dip)

    Tyrokafteri – Greek Cheese? Yes, Please!! Time to get to know Tzatziki’s fiery and zingy cousin… Tyrokafteri.

    This is the dip you want in your life. It’s tangy, salty, creamy and as said earlier, a tad bit fiery. It’s a dip made from  everyone’s favorite feta cheese. 

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    14. Espinacas con Garbanzos (Spanish Spinach with Chick Peas)

    For all tapas lovers, this Spanish Spinach with Chickpeas is a classic tapa recipe straight from Seville.

    Impress your crowd by making this spectacular dish, which will get you rave reviews.

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    15. Pico de Gallo

    Pico de Gallo is a chunkier version of your favorite salsa, which makes a great game day or party appetizer.

    This no-cook recipe only requires chopping fresh ingredients, and then simply tossing them all together. It’s a quick recipe that will definitely make your life easier.

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    16. Cherry Tomato Gratin

    This Cherry Tomato gratin is the newest star on your appetizer spread. It’s the perfect combination of easy, tasty and pretty. You’ll want to gobble it up before the guests arrive!

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    17. Zaalouk (Moroccan Eggplant Dip)

    Zaalouk is a beloved Moroccan Eggplant Dip, which is made using humble ingredients to create a totally delicious appetizer.

    Serve with pita bread, chips, or crostini, and see it becomes everyone’s favorite in no time.

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    18. Homemade Hummus

    Try our Homemade Hummus recipe, and we are sure you’ll never buy store-bought hummus again.

    This classic dip is made with chickpeas and tahini, mixed smoothly with lemon juice and a hint of garlic to create a velvety textured dip.

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    19. Guasacaca (Venezuelan Guacamole)

    Are you a fan of avocados? Then you are going to love this Guasacaca, it’s a Venezuelan version of Guacamole.

    The creamy, vibrant, rich, tangy, and herby dip is quick and easy to make, just blend all ingredients together and you are good to go.

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    20. Mexican Street Corn Salad

    Yet another potluck or cookout recipe you need to try is this Mexican Street Corn Salad.

    You will love to add this delicious salad to your summer event menu. It’s so good!

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    21. Asian Cucumber Salad

    A very simple and deadly delicious Asian Cucumber Salad will be a new addition to your weekly menu rotation!

    These refreshing cucumber bites are bursting with Asian flavors, and have a perfectly spicy, sweet, savory, and garlic touch.

    Enjoy it as a tasty light appetizer.

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    22. Sweet Chili Edamame

    Edamame is a beloved appetizer, and this Sweet Chili Edamame recipe is just bursting with superb Asian flavors.

    Just make a sweet and savory Thai chili sauce, and the end product is a sticky flavorful Asian treat. They’re one of our favorite vegetarian appetizers.

    Get the Recipe @ peasandcrayons

    23. Fresh Spring Rolls

    Ok, now make yourself this healthy vegetarian appetizer that will be a super hit dish with your family and friends, Fresh Spring Rolls!

    This no-cook recipe is strikingly easy to make, just assemble all fresh, healthy, colorful veggies and serve with a delicious peanut dipping sauce for an extra flavors and punches.

    It’s a beautiful recipe that you’ll make again and again.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    24. Bruschetta

    This classy Italian dish is just too good with fresh and simple ingredients.

    A great appetizer to serve at summer parties or get-togethers, everyone will surely love it.

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    25. Slow Cooker Chex Mix 

    The ultimate snacking recipe for you to try in a Slow Cooker is this Chex Mix. You’ll keep munching till it vanishes from your bowl.

    This additive snack is made with Chex cereal, pretzels, cheerios, peanuts, and a flavorful butter sauce. Mix everything together and let the slow cooker do all the work.

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    26. Fried Ravioli

    Give your ravioli a unique twist by frying them. Try this amazing Fried Ravioli and see, it will become your new family’s favorite appetizer.

    This easy recipe is super flavorful, as cheese ravioli are dusted in breadcrumbs and then fried to golden perfection.

    Serve this delicious handheld snack with a marinara sauce for extra deliciousness…

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    27. 7 Layer Taco Dip

    You all will surely love this crave-worthy 7 Layer Taco Dip! This dip is loaded with taco seasoned refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, Mexican cheese, tomatoes, and olives.

    Simple to make delicious to taste. It’ll make a super hit appetizer for your next game day, parties, or potlucks.

    Get the Recipe @ amandascookin

    28. Breadsticks Recipe (Olive Garden Copycat)

    Make this famous Olive Garden Copycat Breadsticks recipe at home. They are soft, fluffy, and super flavorful with garlic butter topping.

    These breadsticks have amazing textures that are perfect to serve with comfy soups, or with your favorite dip. Just follow this recipe and you can make some awesome breadsticks.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    29. Dahi Puri

    Dahi Puri is another popular Indian snack that is downright addictive. We bet you can’t stop at just 6.

    This crunchy delight is full of sweet, tangy, and spicy flavors with superb textures. It’s an explosion of flavors in your mouth.

    Get the Recipe @ ministryofcurry

    30. Homemade Mozzarella Sticks

    Craving some cheesy gooey goodness? Then make these Homemade Mozzarella Sticks at home, and you will wonder why you never did before!

    This remarkably easy recipe is too good to be true. So dazzle yourself and your family with these wonderfully crispy, gooey, extra cheesy sticks.

    Get the Recipe @ themodernproper

    31. Crock Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip

    Yet another Crockpot dip for your to try is this Spinach Artichoke Dip. It will be a super hit appetizer on your game days or get-togethers.

    It’s an absolutely mouth-watering dip that is great to have with crackers, chips, or veggie sticks. One of our favorite vegetarian appetizers.

    Get the Recipe @ asouthernsoul

    32. Crockpot Artichokes

    This is the best Crockpot Artichokes recipe. The delicious veggie is super flavorful and cooks perfectly in the crockpot.

    Give these awesome artichokes a definite try, you will make them again and again.

    Get the Recipe @ familyfreshmeals

    33. Hot Mexican Corn Dip

    Dips are always simple to make, and this Hot Mexican Corn Dip is a no-fuss recipe! This is an awesome version of Mexican Street Corn, in dip form with added extra tasty ingredients.

    You’ll literally get obsessed with this Mexican corn dip. A great appetizer to serve for your parties.

    Get the Recipe @ yellowblissroad

    34. Caprese Skewers

    Have you tried your favorite Caprese on skewers? If not, these Caprese Skewers are a must-try!

    This bright and vibrant appetizer is very easy to make, with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil, and flavorful balsamic reduction.

    Give your family and friends a delicious surprise by serving this Italian delight.

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    35. Samosa

    Now, give your palate an Indian taste with this fantastic Samosa recipe! It’s puff pastry stuffed with a spiced potato and peas filling that tastes simply awesome.

    It’s a very famous street snack that is pocket friendly too. Perfect to serve when throwing an Indian themed party.

    Get the Recipe @ myfoodstory

    36. Chinese Spring Rolls

    These Chinese Spring Rolls are the best vegetarian version of classic spring rolls, and is perfect to serve crowds!

    You will love the crispy goodness with tasty vegetable filling. Serve with sweet chili dipping sauce for an extra punch of flavors. Your crowd will be super satisfied.

    Get the Recipe @ dinnerthendessert

    37. Crostini

    Make your own Crostini in the comfort of your home, with this amazingly easy Crostini recipe!

    Learn the tips and tricks to make this perfect crispy thin sliced bread that is brushed with oil and seasoned with herbs. It’s one of the classic vegetarian appetizers.

    Get the Recipe @ valentinascorner

     38. Okonomiyaki (Japanese Cabbage Pancakes)

    Okonomiyaki, Japanese Cabbage Pancakes is a delicious appetizer to make.

    You are going to love this dish, as it’s amazingly customizable as per the ingredients in your hands and your mood.

    The toppings play a big part in these pancakes, so it’s like making your own pancake but with a Japanese twist.

    Get the Recipe @ budgetbytes

    39. Cheesy Garlic Bread

    Cheesy Garlic Bread will make your taste buds super happy! This amazingly easy recipe is just perfect, with all the well-balanced ingredients that make this garlic bread the best.

    Enjoy this cheesy, crispy, and soft bread as it is as a quick appetizer, or as a side to your favorite pasta…

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    40. Sopes

    These classic Sopes make a glamourous Mexican appetizer that everyone will enjoy! This recipe is made with only 4 flavorful ingredients, and tastes out of this world delicious.

    You will defiantly keep this budget-friendly recipe in your back pocket for a quick and easy appetizer.

    Get the Recipe @ isabeleats

    So there you go, forty great vegetarian appetizers. The only question now is, which one do you feel like tonight?

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    40 BEST Vegetarian Appetizers

    This list of easy Vegetarian Appetizers includes plenty of dishes that will keep the crowd happy, while still keeping it meatless. We love this easy olive dip:


    • 2 cups pitted olives, chopped (mix of black, green and kalamata)
    • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes in a jar, chopped
    • 2 Tbsp capers, chopped
    • 1 garlic, minced
    • 1/2 fresh lemon, juiced
    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
    • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
    • 8-10 basil leaves, chopped
    • Salt to taste (just a pinch as olives and capers are salty)
    • Pepper to taste


    1. Finely chop olives, capers, sun dried tomatoes and fresh herbs.
    2. Mix all together with minced garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper, chili flakes.
    3. Drizzle in olive oil and stir.
    4. Taste and adjust for lemon juice and garlic.

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