30+ Vegetarian Appetizers & Finger Foods

If you’re looking for vegetarian appetizers, this carefully curated collection is for you! From crispy jalapeño poppers and stuffed mushrooms to savoury skewers, I’ve got plenty of delicious finger food, canapés, dips, platters and more. Vegan-friendly options are included.


Vegetarian Appetizers
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Whether you’re a seasoned vegetarian or just exploring plant-based options, these vegetarian appetizers cater to all taste buds. Dive into the art of crafting meaty, protein-rich dishes using beans and lentils, and discover creative new ways to assemble the perfect charcuterie boards and crave-worthy dips. 

These finger foods and party-friendly snacks will surely please both meat enthusiasts and vegetarians. Plus, many vegan options exist despite the slight bias toward cheesy dishes!

👉 Check out my other collections: 🌮 Mexican appetizers, 🍤 seafood appetizers, 🧆Mediterranean, 🛞 pinwheel sandwiches, 🥐 puff pastry appetizers, 🍣 Asian appetizers, 🍗Paleo appetizers.

Veggie Dishes

Vegetable Roasted Polenta Stacks
Crispy polenta serves as an excellent base to stack toppings on. These bite-sized delights are topped with oven-roasted veggies bursting with flavour and garnished with crumbled feta and balsamic for that *chef’s kiss* finishing touch. Recipe from A Spicy Perspective.
Calories: 79
Carbs: 8 grams
Protein: 2 grams
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Get the recipe here
Vegetable Patties With Kale & Sweet Potato
These hearty potato fritters are lightly pan-fried to perfection with a soft, veggie-packed interior and a crisp exterior. Serve with a garnish of green onion or any sauce of your choosing.
Calories: 349
Carbs: 53 grams
Protein: 8 grams
Cooking time: 50 minutes
Get the recipe here
Zucchini Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers
Baby bell peppers make a colorful appetizer option, stuffed with a simple blend of cream cheese, zucchini, and walnuts for a little extra crunch and texture in the mix. Recipe from Yay For Food.
Calories: 71
Carbs: 6 grams
Protein: 2 grams
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Get the recipe here
Sweet potato & Tofu Veggie Skewers
Add some tofu to the lineup with these oven-baked kebabs, easily made on the grill if you’re hosting outdoors. With veggies, sweet potato, and tofu, this combo will certainly tide people over or please vegetarians when other protein options are scarce. Recipe from Pick Up Limes.
Calories: 51
Carbs: 5 grams
Protein: 2.5 grams
Cooking time: 50 minutes
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Herby Couscous Stuffed Eggplant Rolls
The combination of grilled eggplant, creamy tahini sauce and cauliflower couscous which is packed with fresh herbs is so tasty. Recipe from Every Last Bite.
Calories: 102
Carb: 10 grams
Protein: 3 grams
Cooking time: 12 minutes
Get the recipe here

Cheesy Bites

Oven Fried Feta Rolls with Chili Honey
Oven Fried Feta Rolls with Chili Honey…perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day, and any time you need a quick, simple, and different appetizer! From Half Baked Harvest.
Calories Per Serving: 284 kcal
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Cheesy Mushroom Sliders
Indulge in sliders that evoke the essence of a French dip, minus the mess and meat. Picture meaty mushrooms and melted cheese nestled between petite brioche slices, introducing a gourmet touch to your gathering. Recipe from Carolyn’s Cooking
Calories (per slider): 274
Carbs: 25 grams
Protein: 10.5 grams
Cooking time: 30 minutes
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Fried Mac & Cheese With Marinara Dip
Transform mac and cheese from an excellent side dish into a stellar appetizer. The key lies in its grab-and-go potential. Take it up a notch by frying and serving it with marinara for an utterly addictive snack that's bound to leave taste buds craving more. Recipe from Whipped It Up.
Calories: 271
Carbs: 29 grams
Protein: 11 grams
Cooking time: 4 hours 20 minutes
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Baked Brie in a Sourdough Bread Bowl
Experience the simplicity and undeniable charm of baked Brie in a bread bowl. This recipe is not only effortless but also impressively delightful, capturing attention with its appealing aesthetics and indulgent flavour. Recipe from Foodness Gracious.
Calories: 650
Carbs: 64 grams
Protein: 30 grams
Cooking time: 25 minutes
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Cheese-Stuffed Soft Pretzel Bites
Try your hand at this delicious bite-sized comfort food recipe with an easy soft pretzel dough packed with gooey cheese. Recipe from Joy Food Sunshine.
Calories: 186
Carbs: 21 grams
Protein: 6 grams
Cooking time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Get the recipe here
Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates
These goat cheese stuffed dates are the perfect sweet and salty appetizer that come together in 15 minutes with 4 ingredients. Recipe from Salima’s Kitchen.
Cooking time: 15 minutes
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Dips and Salsas

Whipped Feta With Roasted Tomatoes & Garlic
Flavours explode in this whipped feta dip with roasted cherry tomatoes and garlic. Served with crispbreads, crackers, sourdough bread, or whatever low-carb dipping foods you have on hand.
Calories (per serve): 193
Carbohydrates: 6 g
Protein: 5.3 g
Cooking time: 55 minutes
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Charred Roasted Salsa (Salsa Tatemada)
Roasted salsa with tomatoes, onions, garlic and chile inspired by the Mexican charred salsa tatemada – rich, smoky and complex. Recipe from this blog.
Calories (per serve): 72
Carbohydrates: 9.5 g
Protein: 1.7 g
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Get the recipe here
Buffalo Cauliflower Dip
Everyone simply adores buffalo chicken dip. Try this lightened up, low-carb version of the classic dish and watch it be devoured! This copycat recipe uses the holy grail of secret veggie ingredients – cauliflower – to create an eerily similar texture. Recipe from Gimme Some Oven.
Calories: 132
Carbs: 4 grams
Protein: 8 grams
Cooking time: 1 hour
Get the recipe here
Cheesy White Bean Tomato Bake
This comforting dish is hearty enough to stand as a main course. Pair it with crusty bread for an irresistible and protein-rich dip that promises satisfaction. Recipe from The Endless Meal.
Calories: 297
Carbs: 4 grams
Protein: 19 grams
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Get the recipe here
Mediterranean Nachos
Nachos are highly customisable, making it a breeze to create a meat-free version for a Mexican twist. Yet, the spotlight is on these sensational Mediterranean nachos featuring pita, tzatziki, hummus, and a plethora of vibrant garnishes. Recipe from Fork in the Kitchen.
Calories: 340
Carbs: 42 grams
Protein: 24.5 grams
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Get the recipe here
Easy Guacamole Recipe
No party is complete without chips and guacamole. Be the one to make everyone’s day with this quick and easy recipe. Recipe from Salt and Lavender.
Calories: 168
Carbs: 10 grams
Protein: 2 grams
Cooking time: 15 minutes
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Layered Taco Dip
This taco dip features seven layers in case you’re plagued by indecision when deciding which dip to make. Simply combine them all using meatless crumbles in place of beef. Recipe from Side of Veggies.
Calories: 213
Carbs: 19 grams
Protein: 16 grams
Cooking time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Get the recipe here
Spicy Sweet Potato Dip
For a spicy kick to the taste buds. This vibrant vegetarian veggie dip has a hummus vibe without chickpeas. You can use it as a dip for crispy falafel, flatbread, carrot sticks, or pita chips. Recipe from Peas and Crayons.
Calories: 73
Carbs: 7 grams
Protein: 1 grams
Cook time: 30 minutes
Get the recipe here

Vegan Appetizers

Herb and Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms
While the usual stuffed mushroom includes meat, the flavourful blend of garlic and herbs in this cream cheese filling – which can easily be adapted to accommodate vegans – doesn’t miss a beat. Recipe from Veggie Desserts.
Calories: 98
Carbs: 7 grams
Protein: 3 grams
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Get the recipe here
Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers
Break out the air fryer for all your healthy appetizer needs. You’ll still get the perfect crunch on these simple jalapeño poppers. Use vegan cream cheese to make them dairy-free. Recipe from Vegetarian Mamma.
Calories: 58
Carbs: 4 grams
Protein: 1 gram
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Get the recipe here
Samosa Rolls
This samosa recipe uses tortillas which makes crafting this Indian appetizer incredibly simple with a fluffy potato, chickpea, and veggie filling. They’re perfect for dipping into a sweet and sour sauce. Recipe from Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures.
Calories: 81
Carbs: 17 gramsProtein: 3.5 gramsCooking time: 20 minutes
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Spinach Artichoke Dip
You’re already familiar with the grip spinach artichoke dip has on people’s hearts. Try this vegan version for a dairy-free rendition on the traditional recipe. Recipe from Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen.
Calories: 195
Carbs: 7 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Get the recipe here
Barbecue Lentil Meatballs
Mock meat can easily be crafted into any animal-based dish, but these mini meatballs are lovingly crafted with lentils and rice, smothered in a tangy barbecue sauce. Recipe from Vegan With Curves.
Calories: 405
Carbs: 54 grams
Protein: 9 grams
Cooking time: 1 hour
Get the recipe here
Tomato Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze
Bruschetta is a simple and elegant appetizer that nearly everyone enjoys. Minimal ingredients and prep time are needed for this quick and satisfying snack. Recipe from Ahead of Thyme.
Calories: 117
Carbs: 21 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Cooking time: 20 minutes
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Vegan Cheese Ball
It’s creamy, super cheesy and packed with flavor. It’s the perfect appetizer to serve at a dinner party or holiday get-together and it’s 100% approved by both vegans and non-vegans alike. Recipe from Loving It Vegan.
Calories: 166
Carb: 7.5 grams 
Protein: 4.8 grams
Cook time: 25 minutes
Get the recipe here
Spicy Garlic Edamame
Say hello to salty-sweet perfection with this Spicy Garlic Edamame. The sticky sauce clings beautifully to each pod for savory flavor in every bite. Recipe from Minimalist Baker.
Calories: 207
Carbs: 17.3 grams
Protein: 14.9 grams
Cook time: 25 minutes
Get the recipe here

Boards & Platters

The Ultimate Vegan Snack Board (3 dip recipes!)
A deluxe vegan snack board with cashew “cheese”, mushroom & olive pâté, and roasted butternut & garlic spread. All super easy to make! From The First Mess.
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Vegetable Charcuterie Board
Move over meat and cheese because veggie boards are healthy, impressive and easy-to-make for your next party! From Skinny taste
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Mezze Platter
Inspired by Middle Eastern mezze, this mezze platter features pita, veggies, dips, and more. It’s the perfect party appetizer spread! From Love and Lemons
Get the recipe here
Mexican-Inspired Vegetarian Charcuterie Board
Make this Mexican-inspired charcuterie board for your next party or taco night at home. With several dips, cheeses, and fresh veggies, you’ll love this perfect spread of texture and flavour that’s easily customisable. From Fork In The Kitchen.
Get the recipe here
Epic Vegetarian Charcuterie Board (and How to Build it)
The charcuterie board is an artist’s palette for any kitchen connoisseur. If you’re new to the art form, take guidance from this template featuring cheese, jam, (optional) faux meat slices, nuts, jam, and plenty of other tempting goodies for a wildly impressive display. Recipe from The Fiery Vegetarian.
Calories: 534
Carbs: 41 grams
Protein: 20 grams
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Get the recipe here
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Irena Macri
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About the author: Hi, I’m Irena Macri. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I am a published cookbook author, have been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food. More about me here | Subscribe to my newsletter and freebies

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4 Comments
  1. The recipes are not just tasty but also showcase the diversity and creativity of vegetarian cuisine. A fantastic go-to for any gathering or snack time!

  2. All of these look so delicious I can’t decide which one to try first – but I know I’ll definitely be adding that epic vegetarian charcuterie board to our holiday party menu! I know our guests will love it!

  3. The variety of delicious meat-free options is mind-blowing. I love how easy the recipes are to follow, and my taste buds are in heaven with every bite. A must-have for any veggie lover!

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