Looking back, it’s no surprise that my daughter Alexa is a vegetarian. Even as a toddler, she wasn’t interested in eating the standard little-kid fare of chicken nuggets and hot dogs. By the time she hit middle school, she stopped eating meat altogether.
We’re used to accommodating Alexa for regular meals, but we’ve had to get creative for special occasions. A couple of times a year, our family does “appetizer-fest.” Instead of dinner, we’ll just make a table-full of delicious appetizers. We like to give Alexa some options beyond cheese and crackers and veggies and dip. Plus, we always want to make dishes the rest of the family can also enjoy.
Here are some of our favorite vegetarian appetizers that even a meat-lover like me enjoy.
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Vegan cucumber hummus bites
I didn’t try hummus until I was in my 20s. Man, I was missing out. As Jamie from Drive Me Hungry shows, hummus isn’t just for dipping. Instead of just putting out a bowl of hummus and veggies, try flipping the script and creating these tasty, bite-size appetizers.
Spicy jalapeño hummus
But … if you still want to put out a bowl of hummus and chips (because, let’s face it, that’s never a bad idea), you better make extra. This spicy hummus recipe from Tori Avey won’t last long.
Falafel-spiced cucumber bites
Enjoy the spice profile of classic falafel without having to break out the deep fryer. Ashley at Big Flavors Tiny Kitchen puts a new twist on the popular Middle Eastern dish.
French onion dip from scratch
I love French onion dip like no one you’ve ever seen. Give me a bag of chips and some French onion dip and it’s a party. I used to just grab a box of Lipton’s French onion soup mix, plop in some sour cream, stir, and go. It’s delicious – or so I thought. Once I tried this from-scratch version from Lisa at Downshiftology I realized just how much complexity I was missing.
Quick and easy bean dip
This will never erase my love for French onion dip, but a good bean dip is a close second. If you’re prepping a lot of finger foods for your friends, you’ll appreciate how quickly you can whip up this bean dip from Sonja and Alex at A Couple Cooks.
Vegetable spring rolls with peanut sauce
You don’t need to be intimidated by spring rolls because Julia at Happy Foods Tube came up with a really easy recipe. Bonus: the bold colors of those delicious veggies coming through the rice paper makes a nice display.
The peanut sauce is a nice alternative to heavy mayo or cheese-based dips.
Seitan wings, when made correctly, are such a close meat substitute that I’ll sometimes order them at a restaurant instead of chicken. They can be that good. Here’s a bunch of recipes I’ve clipped that are really delicious.
What’s your favorite vegetarian finger food?
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