Whether you eat meat products or not, a few vegan recipes are always handy to have in your cooking arsenal. Not only are vegan recipes traditionally healthy and a great way to add variation to your current diet, but they can also be a lifesaver when you're planning a dinner party and find out that some of your guests don't eat meat. It can be hard for non-vegans to figure out exactly what to serve at a dinner party to accommodate everyone's dietary restrictions, but that doesn't mean you should resort to crudité and a side salad.
If these easy vegan appetizers are any indication, it's possible to serve a delicious vegan meal that will delight guests and have them come back for seconds. The recipes don't have to be complicated either. From a simple Instant Pot hummus to savory broccoli tots, and a creamy chai butternut squash soup, these easy appetizers prove that vegan cuisine is varied, delicious, and much easier to make than meets the eye. Gather all your friends and try out these delicious easy vegan appetizers—we bet they'll start inviting themselves over for dinner much more frequently after.
Easy Instant Pot Hummus with Canned Chickpeas
It may have never crossed your mind to make hummus in an Instant Pot, but Abbey Rodriguez of The Butter Half argues that it's the easiest way to get it done quickly (and have it taste delicious as well). "This Instant Pot hummus recipe using canned chickpeas will take you only 20 minutes to make from beginning to end, as opposed to an entire day," she says. "And it’s gluten-free and vegan."
Chai Butternut Squash Soup
Are you hosting a fall dinner party? There's no better way to start the evening than with Gimme Some Oven's chai butternut squash soup. It's easy to make, hearty, and oh so delicious. "Simply toss all of your main ingredients—butternut squash, garlic, carrots, apple, onion, cayenne, and a chai tea bag—together in a slow cooker or pressure cooker," says Ali Martin. "Then cook until the squash is nice and tender. "
Luscious Eggplant Dip With Toasted Walnuts, Tahini, Lemon, and Yoghurt
Have this eggplant dip by The First Mess spread ready for your guests when they arrive and it's guaranteed to be gone come dinnertime. "We served the first trial run to friends with a casual Labor Day weekend spread of grilled pizza, kale salad, and a suspiciously hot batch of blistered shishito peppers," says Laura Wright. "Proving my point that everyone loves a dip, we snacked on this one well into the night. It has a lush texture that feels almost whipped in a way. Fatty, creamy, toasty, tangy, and bright all at the same time."
Super Savory Veggie, Hemp, and Millet Nuggets
If you're craving chicken nuggets, croquettes, or arancini, but you or your guests are sticking to a vegan diet, the next best thing is The First Mess's veggie hemp millet nuggets. "They tick off all the major free’s for all of the people in your life: no animal products, gluten, sugar, soy or nuts," says Wright. "And they’ve actually got some crunch on the exterior."
Creamy Beet Hummus
Have you ever seen a prettier appetizer than this beet hummus from Sugar Salted? It can be eaten on its own or as a tartine topped with sliced tomatoes or cornichons. "I've found that the quickest way to get the creamiest beet hummus is to blend everything in the food processor for a long time," says Alice Medrich. "A lot of people swear by removing the skins from chickpeas, but I usually just don’t feel like doing that."
Skip the tater tots in favor of a healthier alternative. Not only are these broccoli tots by Pickled Plum delicious, they're also incredibly simple to make. "These crispy, savory and super tasty broccoli tots are so good that eating them didn’t feel like a compromise at all," says Caroline Phelps. "In fact, from the perspective of flavor alone, I actually prefer these healthier broccoli bites to deep-fried tater tots!"
Easy Probiotic-Cultured Vegan Cheese
Are you looking to serve a cheese board at your next dinner party but want to accommodate your vegan guests? Try this easy recipe for vegan cheese by Minimalist Baker instead. "The base for this 6-ingredient cheese is either soaked cashews or slivered almonds," explains Dana Schultz. "Once soaked, the cashews are blended until creamy and smooth with delicious things like fresh garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and sea salt."
Roasted Red Pepper Dip Recipe
Are you looking for something a little spicier than a traditional hummus? This muhammara (or roasted red pepper dip) by I Am a Food Blog is exactly what you need. Slightly adapted from chef Yotam Ottolenghi— arguably the king of Middle Eastern food—it has all the flavors and textures of a truly spectacular appetizer. "The magic of Ottolenghi is that you can create your own deliciousness at home," says Stephanie Le. "This muhammara was so easy to put together. We had it with pita chips and it might just be my new favorite snack!"