Tasty Vegan Appetizers

Patatas Bravas

Patatas Bravas - Spanish Tapas

Patatas Bravas is a classic Spanish tapas dish, great for sharing. Serve in a large bowl so guests can help themselves. Recipe and photo from Vegan Tapas: 150 Quick and Delicious Snacks and Bites for Sharing* by Julia Barnard. Reprinted by permission of the author. more→

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Tempeh Fries with Horseradish-Dill Mayonnaise

Tempeh fries

If your meal needs just a little extra something in the protein department, but not necessarily a filling main dish, this is a nice choice. It also works well as an appetizer. These fries can be a bit addictive, so you may want to double the recipe if serving hungry tempeh fans. Adapted from Vegan Express. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Smoky Vegan Cheddar Cheez

Smoky vegan cheddar cheez

You can make this vegan cheese-y appetizer as a spread in no time, or let it set up into slices. I like it both ways and hope that you will, too. This is good with sliced fresh baguette, or serve it with whole-grain or gluten-free crackers or crispbreads. It’s also quite nice served with chunks of red bell pepper and peeled celery cut into short sections. Grapes served in small bunches on the side add a nice flavor balance. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Green Pea, Parsley, and Pistachio Dip

Green pea, parsley, and pistachio dip

This bright green dip of sweet peas, parsley, and luscious pistachios is great served with brightly colored vegetables—baby carrots, sliced red bell peppers, rounds of yellow squash, and thin wedges of raw sweet potato. You can also add fresh or crisp breads or stone-ground tortilla chips to the mix. This might well become your go-to as a tasty snack or appetizer. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet. more→

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Hot Artichoke and White Bean Dip or Spread

Vegan hot artichoke dip

Hot artichoke dips are classic appetizer offerings, but they’re rarely vegan. This one is, and it’s every bit as luscious as the dairy version. Serve with crispbreads, baby carrots, spoon-sized chunks of red bell pepper, and Belgian endive leaves. Photos by Susan Voisin. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. more→

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Tamari Chickpeas

Tamari chickpeas

You’ve likely come across tamari almonds; they’re deliciously addictive, but also loaded with fat and calories. Tamari chickpeas sounds almost like a mixed metaphor—combining Mediterranean and Asian flavors, but it works! Consider this — a half cup of almonds has about 415 calories and 35 grams of fat. Chickpeas, on the other hand, have only 143 calories in a half cup, and 1.37 grams of fat. This isn’t to say to avoid almonds; quite the contrary — you just need to use very judicious portions. Tamari chickpeas make a great snack, a nice protein boost for the dinner plate, and a delicious topping for salads and grain dishes.

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Baba Ghanouj (Middle Eastern Roasted Eggplant and Tahini Dip)

Baba ghanouj

An eggplant lover’s delight, Baba Ghanouj is, like hummus, a classic Middle Eastern spread meant to be scooped up on wedges of pita bread. It’s also good as a dip for raw veggies.
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Black Olive and Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade

olive tapenade by allyson kramer

A delicious starter to any meal when served with crisp vegetables
or small bites of bread, this tapenade features some of the finest flavors in European cuisine. Use as a mix-in to stews and pasta dishes for a ton of added flavor with very little effort. Recipe and photo contributed by Allyson Kramer, from Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats Around the World* © 2013 Fair Winds Press, reprinted by permission. more→

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