From Bites To Dips, These 30 Vegetarian Appetizers Might Just Steal The Show

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tempeh buffalo “wings”
JOEL GOLDBERG

It’s not a party without appetizers, and we’re here to implore you to consider eliminating meat from your spread. Hear us out, there are SO many reasons you might want to serve completely vegetarian apps—they add color and flavor to your table, everyone can enjoy them, and they're satisfying without being too filling (perfect to accompany, not overwhelm, a meaty main). Oh, and did we mention they’re full of everyone’s favorite ingredient, cheese? Bet we’ve got you on board now!

To be honest, a number of classic appetizers are already vegetarian, so this shouldn’t be too big of a stretch. Already-vegetarian store-bought puff pastry and crescent roll dough make some of our favorite last-minute apps, like our famed cranberry brie bites, our spinach puffs, our caramelized onion & goat cheese bites, or our tomato feta pinwheels. Pizza dough is another ringer—check it out in our baked brie wreath or our Parmesan bread bites. Personally, we like to have at least one of these store-bought options in our fridge at all times, so we’re always one step away from being party-ready.

Dips like our caramelized onion dip, our cranberry whipped feta, our garlic hummus, or our pimento cheese are also classic—just be sure to serve them with plenty of dippers, like crackers, crudités, and toasty bread.

Craving a little protein (or missing some of those quintessential meaty apps)? Try our air fryer tahini black bean fritters, our tempeh Buffalo “wings”, or our chipotle tofu and pineapple skewers. We promise, your guests won’t even miss the meat.

Want to keep up with the meatless trend all the way through dinner? Check out our favorite vegetarian dinners, our top plant-based dinners, and our best vegan recipes too.

baked brie in puff pastry
Andrew Bui
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Baked Brie In Puff Pastry

Baked brie is a classic app that pleases all around: It's versatile, delicious, easy to make, and requires a pretty short cook time. We filled ours with raspberry jam, but whatever your favorite is will work (you could even go with some pumpkin butter 😍). Drizzle it with some honey, and you have a warm, cheesy app that feels extra-fancy in no time at all.

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caramelized onion dip
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: TAYLOR ANN SPENCER
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Caramelized Onion Dip

A party without dip is hardly a party at all, and onion dip tends to reign supreme at celebrations year-round. It’s creamy, savory, and perfectly scoop-able, so it’s no wonder it’s always the first to disappear. With this recipe, we take the classic onion dip one step further by incorporating deeply caramelized onions into the mix. 🤯

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tempeh buffalo wings
Joel Goldberg
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Tempeh Buffalo “Wings”

Quicker to make and easier to eat than Buffalo chicken wings, this plant-based version swaps chicken for snackable triangles of tempeh to mimic the crowd-pleasing appetizer.

Get the Tempeh Buffalo “Wings” recipe.

cranberry brie bites
kat wirsing
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Cranberry Brie Bites

Our love for crescent roll recipes is no secret. Why make dough from scratch when everyone loves the canned stuff?! These are a fan favorite every fall. They always disappear within minutes, probably because the combo of salty, creamy brie, sweet-tart cranberry sauce, and crunchy pecans is PERFECT.

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baked brie wreath bread
PHOTO; LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLIST; ERIKA JOYCE
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Baked Brie Wreath

Honey-glazed melted brie + herby crispy pizza dough = true happiness. Your friends, family, or colleagues will be ready to dive into this edible wreath once you stroll through the door with this app… after all, you want to eat the cheese while it’s warm and gooey.

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herby baked falafel bites with spicy mint tahini dip
Emily hlavac green
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Herby Baked Falafel Bites with Spicy Mint Tahini Dip

Pistachios, mint, cilantro, dill, and parsley combine to turn these falafel a celebratory bright green (perfect for the holidays, springtime, etc.). Bonus: These are baked, not fried, for less mess.

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parmesan bread bites topped with sage and hot honey
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: BARRETT WASHBURNE
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Parmesan Bread Bites

If you're a fan of garlic knots, this recipe is basically the bite-sized app version, covered in gooey cheese, garlic butter, and fresh herbs. Though technically optional, we highly recommend drizzling these bites with hot honey for a delicious balance of savory, spicy, and a touch of sweet.

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whipped garlic and herb feta, topped with fresh cranberry sauce, pistachios, and honey
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: SIMON ANDREWS
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Cranberry Whipped Feta Dip

This cranberry-topped whipped feta dip is here to save your holiday appetizer planning. Fresh feta is combined with herbs, garlic, and cream cheese, whipped until super-smooth, then topped with tart homemade cranberry sauce, toasted pistachios, and honey. The result is a salty, creamy, sweet, tart, and absolutely irresistible dip.

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pimento cheese
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: FRANCESCA ZANI
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Pimento Cheese

If you love party dips like Buffalo chicken or spinach artichoke, you’ll LOVE pimento cheese. Affectionately known as the “caviar of the South,” pimento cheese has been a Southern party staple since the early 1900s. This soft, creamy spread loaded with shredded cheddar cheese and spiked with diced pimento peppers and hot sauce can be served hot or cold (so make it ahead of time!).

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air fryer buffalo cauliflower
PHOTO: JOEL GOLDBERG; FOOD STYLING: LENA ABRAHAM
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Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

This cauliflower is the perfect answer when everyone else is having Buffalo wings, but your more of a vegetable fan. All the Buffalo flavor you love coat these florets, which are then air-fried to perfection. It all comes together when you dip one into our perfectly creamy blue cheese dressing (but feel free to go with ranch dressing if you prefer!).

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parmesan cauliflower bites
Park Feierbach
11 of 30
Parmesan Cauliflower Bites

It's no secret that Delish loooves cauliflower. From bacon ranch cauli bread to Buffalo cauliflower bites, this miracle veggie has really changed the way we snack. We love this version dipped in marinara, or ranch dressing, if that's what you're into.

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sour cream and onion dip
Andrew bui
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Sour Cream & Onion Dip

Letting the onions caramelize properly is key to the flavor of this dip. Going low and slow lets them develop color while breaking down and becoming sweet and jammy. Stir them into this easy dip with some chives, and you have a simple appetizer that's WAY better than store-bought.

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air fryer tahini black bean fritter
PHOTO: JOEL GOLDBERG; FOOD STYLING: HADLEY SUI
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Air Fryer Tahini Black Bean Fritters

Enjoy these crispy (thanks air fryer!) bean cakes as an app on their own, or sandwich them between slider buns with all your favorite burger fixin’s for really irresistible mini veggie burgers.

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fried goat cheese bites
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: ERIKA JOYCE
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Fried Goat Cheese Bites

Attention cheese boards everywhere: Fried goat cheese bites are coming to steal your thunder. Coated in crispy herby bread crumbs and drizzled with honey, these creamy, melt-in-your-mouth morsels will capture the hearts of anyone you share them with.

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cheese ball bites
Ethan Calabrese
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Loaded Cheese Ball Bites

These easy bites are perfect for any type of party, from a fancy soirée to a football watching kickback. We love their little pretzel handles, but feel free to leave them out or even make one huge cheeseball instead!

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baked feta bites
Joel Goldberg
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Baked Feta Bites

If you’re a fan of our cranberry brie bites, we’ve got news for you: There’s a new holiday app in town, and it’s inspired by another fan fave, baked feta pasta. This cheesy finger food features the flavors you know and love, all nestled into bite-sized cups of golden crescent dough.

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cheese fondue
Emily Hlavac Green
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Cheese Fondue

Not only is fondue a fun throwback to the craze of the '70s, but it's up there in some of the best foods for a small party. What makes this fondue better than the rest? The *slightest* hint of garlic flavor, achieved by rubbing the inside of your pot with a cut garlic clove. GENIUS.

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cheese straws
Emily hlavac green
18 of 30
Cheese Straws

Crunchy, flaky, and cheesy—what's not to love? These are studded with cheddar, green onions, and sesame seeds for the most flavor-packed cheese straws we've ever had. Using store-bought puff pastry makes them extremely easy to pull together for last-minute parties too.

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caramelized onion and goat cheese bites
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI ; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON
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Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Bites

Little puff pastry squares get topped with caramelized onions and a little crumbled goat cheese for an easy appetizer that always wows. The final step is a light drizzle of honey for that salty sweet combination everyone will love. Hot tip: These are the perfect opportunity to bust out any good-quality honey you’ve been saving.

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honey garlic cauliflower
Park Feierbach
20 of 30
Honey-Garlic Cauliflower

Much like our Parmesan cauliflower bites, these little guys have just enough crunch and flavor to keep us going. Craving salt and umami but avoiding dairy? These sticky-spicy bites will save the day.

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shishito peppers
Parker Feierbach
21 of 30
Shishito Peppers

Blistered shishito peppers make the perfect healthy snack and appetizer. They aren't very spicy (only 1 in 10 gets anywhere near the heat of, say, a jalapeño), which means you can mindlessly eat them without burning your face off. Yum!

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chipotle tofu and pineapple skewers
Andrew Bui
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Chipotle Tofu & Pineapple Skewers

Tofu is so much more than a meat substitute, it’s a protein source that stands on its own, and the perfect base to soak up tasty sauces, like this chipotle and guajillo chile marinade inspired by a popular Mexican street food, tacos al pastor.

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scallion pancakes
Andrew bui
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Scallion Pancakes

Scallion pancakes might be one of our favorite appetizers ever. Crispy, flaky, and with the *slightest* bit of chew, it's easy to polish off a whole plate in minutes.

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tomato feta pinwheels
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: TAYLOR ANN SPENCER
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Tomato Feta Pinwheels

These little puff pastry pinwheels are the perfect last-minute appetizer—they bake in just 20 minutes, and you might already have the ingredients at home. Feel free to get creative with the fillings too. We went with briny feta and tomatoes, but we bet crumbly goat cheese or ricotta and roasted red peppers would be great too.

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harissa deviled eggs
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: ERIKA JOYCE
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Harissa Deviled Eggs

Classic deviled eggs get a smoky kick from harissa (Tunisian chili pepper paste) in this simple but flavorful deviled eggs recipe. Topped with crispy fried shallots and fresh cilantro, it may stray pretty far from the original, but it’s just as delicious.

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spinach puffs
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: JUSTIN SULLIVAN
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Spinach Puffs

If you love baked spinach dip, you'll love these baked puff pastry puffs. They're filled with a mixture of sautéed onion, garlic, spinach, and cream cheese and baked inside little puff pastry cups in a muffin tin. Bet you can't eat just one!

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air fryer tuscan stuffed mushrooms
Joel Goldberg
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Air Fryer Tuscan Stuffed Mushrooms

These poppable snacks harness umami to the power of three. Savory mushrooms, sweet and tangy sun-dried tomatoes, and nutty Parmesan combine for irresistible bites you’ll be craving long after they’re gone (so make extra!).

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hummus delishcom
Parker Feierbach
28 of 30
Creamy Garlic Hummus

Hummus is a Middle Eastern dish made of chickpeas and tahini. Garlic or roasted red peppers and other spices are common additions. Sure, it's easy to buy it, but trust us—homemade is better.

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fondue bites
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON
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Fondue Bites

If you thought fondue belonged in the 1970s, think again! We’ve hauled this retro party classic into the 21st century by turning it into cheesy bite-sized party snacks, perfect for any festive occasion.

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Carrie Stalk
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Carrots In A Blanket

We know, we know, baby carrots might never replace actual cocktail weenies. For vegetarians, though, they're a great option. Let the carrots marinate for at least a half an hour so they can really soak in that smoky salty flavor.

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