plant based holiday appetizers

18 Plant-Based Holiday Appetizers

Small bites like these plant-based holiday appetizers are perfect Christmas starters during a holiday happy hour or before opening gifts.

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These vegan appetizer options are perfect to get the party started at your small holiday gathering this Christmas! Whether you want something savory like crostini or sweet like dairy free eggnog, these small plate ideas are the perfect treats to reduce your immediate hunger before a big holiday dinner.

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Party Perfect Plant Based Appetizers to Make this Holiday Season

Vegan Deviled Egg Crostini from No Sweat Vegan are super easy to make and 100% vegan. Firm tofu creates the right texture, while the kala namak offers the perfect eggy flavor. Served atop crunchy crostini for the perfect small bite.

Vegan Ricotta from A Virtual Vegan is perfectly light and fluffy. Serve on a platter, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, with crackers, griddled baguette, and other yummy accompaniments!

BBQ Chickpea Meatballs from My Pure Plants are a little spicy, a little smoky and a little sweet. BBQ chickpea meatballs are a great way to start a festive holiday party.

Vegan Cheeseball with Cranberry and Pistachios from Pink Fortitude is the perfect appetizer for any holiday gathering, game day, ladies brunch, or party in general. This vegan cheese ball is dairy-free, is covered with cranberries and pistachios, is easy to make, and is absolutely delicious

Smoky Beans on Toast from the Clever Meal makes a perfect vegan bruschetta, they are topped with scrumptious smoky cannellini beans, fresh garlic and extra virgin olive oil.

Cranberry Harissa Butternut Squash Hummus from Basil and Bay is a new festive twist on an appetizer classic.

This plant-based ‘Nog from Plant Based Cooking is perfectly flavored with Moroccan spices and a delicious addition to your holiday. Don’t forget to add your favorite alcohol!

Stovetop candied pecans from a Sweet Alternative are the perfect vegan nibbles to enjoy with cocktails. They have just the right balance of savory and sweet.

Olive Tapenade from Fried Dandelions will be your go to appetizer for the holiday season! It takes just 5 minutes to make, and is so delicious!

Chili Garlic Brussels Sprouts from Get Set Vegan are tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, and super spicy, just like any buffalo wing you are craving for. These bite size appetizers are oven-baked and tossed with a delicious chili garlic sauce that will be the hit of your parties!

Pomegranate Margarita from The Healthful Ideas is made with classic margarita ingredients, plus delicious pomegranate juice and a dash of orange bitters. The perfect winter holiday cocktail.

Creamy Cranberry Salsa Dip from Veggie Inspired is creamy, sweet, tangy, and a little spicy. It’s the perfect holiday appetizer or snack and is always a hit at parties.

Easy Baked Vegan Dip with Spinach and Artichokes from Veeg is a healthier, modern spin on classic baked spinach and artichoke dip. It’s a creamy, cheesy, nondairy, plant-based, gluten-free appetizer made from protein-rich cashews—pretty much everything you crave in a before-dinner bite!

Cranberry Mimosa from The Edgy Veg is so quick, you can make 5 cocktails within 5-7 mins. All you need is sugar, water, prosecco or champagne, fresh or frozen cranberries, and fresh rosemary – this combo gives you that pop of Christmas green and red!

Tandoori Tempeh Meatballs from My Quiet Kitchen brings a little spice to the appetizer table! Paired with a delicious cilantro-yogurt sauce this vegan appetizer will be a hit.

Christmas Pinwheels from V Nutrition and Wellness are a festive appetizer for any meal or party. Pesto and sun-dried tomatoes are featured as the red and green ingredients to really bring out holidays!

Mushroom Paté from Vegan on Board Full is full of rich umami taste of mushrooms and toasted walnuts and is the perfect plant based party appetizer. Your guests will love how delicious it is, and you’ll love how easy it is to make!

Sun Dried Tomato Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms from our recipe archives are dairy free, gluten free and delicious! Button mushrooms are filled to the brim with savory ingredients and then baked until hot.


  1. Hi Sarah – These plant-based holiday appetizers look AH-MAZING! Pinned and shared on FB. Thank you for including my Vegan Cheese Ball. My heart is full of gratitude. Hugs, Holly

  2. Mmmmmm suddenly I’m feeling snackish. 🙂 Thanks for this great list, Sarah!

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