Are you a dedicated flavour-loving vegan? Or maybe you’re a meat eater thinking of giving Veganuary a go? Check out these 30 vegan starters!
Plenty of Vegan Starters to Inspire
Or, maybe you’re just a fully fledged foodie on the lookout for some delicious, healthy starters with enough flavour to tickle your taste buds and floor your family and friends.
Well look no further. Here is a list of some of Greedy Gourmet’s very best vegan recipes. Happy cooking and even happier eating!
30 Vegan Starters
A sensational Sicilian vegan recipe, this one is extremely easy and utterly delicious. A mouthwatering combo of aubergine, tomatoes, peppers, celery and olives, cooked together in a sumptuous sweet and sour sauce, if you’re a fan of Italian cuisine, you’ll love this gluten free vegan recipe. Who needs meat or cheese when food is this irresistible?!
Fruity, tangy, crunchy and colourful, this easy fresh vegan salad makes for a fantastic light and healthy starter. It’s one of those unusual starter recipes that’ll really whet the appetite at any dinner party, perfect for meat eaters, vegans and vegetarians alike. It’s delicious, looks amazing and is so easy to make. What more do you want?!
A traditional Indian vegan starter that you have to try! It’s kind of like a chickpeas fritters that’s absolutely packed with flavour. The spices add an incredible depth of flavour and work wonderfully with the chickpeas. For a vegan recipe that’s so quick and simple, you’ll be amazed at just how tasty it is!
These bad boys are seriously addictive! Make them as an easy vegan starter for a dinner party and watch them fly off the plates. You can really get creative with this recipe, using all kinds of different vegetables. Delicious when served with all kinds of dips, Thai spring rolls are the perfect vegan starter to get the party going!
Simplicity is bliss! A joyful bowl of fresh summery goodness, few things put a smile on your face quite like a cherry tomato salad. Cherry tomatoes have a sweet juiciness that makes the perfect combination with ingredients such as basil, white wine vinegar and olive oil, for a simple yet declicious vegan starter.
When it comes to easy, healthy, divine meat-free starters, the Greeks know a thing or two. Melitzanosalata shows just how tasty Greek vegan starters can be. It’s an elegant aubergine recipe that’s creamy, packed full of flavour and so very satisfying. You can use it for dipping or dive straight in and serve it as a starter.
There’s so much flavour to the humble chickpea. It’s also the perfect ingredient to take on other flavours, demonstrated by this great soup recipe. Garlic, onion, chilli, coriander and cumin all bring serious flavour to the table.
Try this before a big hearty baked vegan nut roast and your taste buds will be tingling for a long time afterwards.
A sweet and savoury gluten-free vegan starter, roasted carrot hummus is a pure people pleaser! With a blend of sweet and savoury, a little hint of spice and plenty of flavour, this delicious vegan hummus will impress anyone and everyone.
Best served as a starter of dipping sauce, this hummus is a nice and easy gluten-free recipe for those looking for a delicious yet simple starter.
Nutty, creamy and utterly divine, this is an unbelievable vegan soup that you’ve got to try! Jerusalem artichoke – not an artichoke and not from Jerusalem – is a candidate for most underrated ingredient. So, track it down and make this soup. You won’t regret it!
An easy, satisfying soup that ticks all the right boxes, this is a delicious starter for any occasion. Soup is a standard starter – you can’t really go wrong – and with its mellow slightly sweet flavour, carrot doesn’t overload the taste buds. This makes it a great vegan soup.
A cool, creamy dish that’s as delicious as it is easy to make, mutabal is a Middle Eastern marvel! It’s great as a dip but also makes a perfect starter. Similar to hummus and baba ganoush, mutubal is an aubergine-based vegan recipe that has a great smoky taste.
Vegan recipes don’t get much more delicious! The perfect dish to serve up before a festive feast, this party recipe is so easy to make and has a depth of flavour that will blow you away! Sure, it’s great as a side on a big plate, but it also works well when served before the main course.
With a perfect balance of savory, sweet, smoky, spicy and nutty flavors, muhammara is the perfect starter for those who love Middle Eastern cuisine. It’s often used as a dipping sauce, but it also makes a delicious and easy starter.
A delicious rich and creamy soup that’s soothing and oh so tasty, avocado soup is simple to make and hard to resist. If you’re a fan of avocado and love a good soup, you have to give this creamy soup recipe a go.
Another healthy green soup with an amazing taste that’ll take you by surprise. People think that marrow is a bland tasting food. Just one spoonful of this delicious soup is enough to turn any marrow hate to marrow love. Just you try and not to be impressed.
Mix the flavour and texture of roasted aubergine with a heavenly blend of onion, garlic, chilli and ginger, and the scent of fresh coriander and other aromatic spices, what have you got?
An easy vegan starter to die for! This delicious Indian aubergine curry is perfectly served as a starter for a big hearty curry.
Enough to make any greedy gourmet salivate, this is a bona fide gift from the vegan gods. Stunning colours aside, the taste is pure heaven. Easy to make and packed with flavour, this is one you won’t forget in a hurry. Pair with some delicious hummus for utter bliss.
Mushroom bhaji is a deliciously spiced Indian mushroom recipe. Basically, it is pan-fried mushroom paired with the traditional Indian spices.
Typically, a bhaji recipe is served as a starter dish or a side dish to other Indian recipes such as mixed vegetable curry. So, feel free to get creative with your pairings.
A divine deep fried dish, mushroom pakora is one of the best and healthiest pakora recipes. Serve it with a spicy dipping sauce at your next party and you’ll be the toast of the town.
The earthy flavours from the simple ingredients of the mushroom pakora are beyond any store-bought stuff. An easy, crowd-pleasing vegan starter.
One of the most popular starter recipes, potato bhajis are an absolute classic Indian street food. These starters are the perfect vegan dish to serve with a curry or at a party. Pair with a cucumber raita or a traditional pakora sauce, for the perfect start to any meal.
Also known as Bombay potatoes, this delicious Indian potato dish highlights beautiful traditional Indian spices like garam masala, cumin seeds, turmeric and more. It’s delicious and easy to make, making it an ideal starter for any occasion.
If you want to impress your guests with some rustic Spanish style, this simple little tapas recipe is a must. Savoury and salty, with a hint of bitterness, these little peppers make for a great crowd-pleasing vegan starter.
Warn your guests beforehand – one in ten of these babies will be seriously hot. Still, everyone loves Russian roulette right?
Whip up this vegan, Indian-spiced curry and enjoy the delicious taste as well as the health food benefits! The unsung hero of the veg patch, the humble beet will impress your guests in spectacular fashion, with a taste made in heaven.
This dish is not only a tasty vegan sensation, it also looks great too!
Aloo ki kachori is a Pakistani baked potato flatbread that makes the perfect entree for a vegan curry feast. that is perfectly suitable as a starter to a fantastic feast.
They are super-easy to make and bursting with freshness. Best enjoyed with a cucumber raita or a yoghurt dip.
These vegan sweet potato gnocchi will blow you away! Gnocchi is generally thought of as being quite a heavy dish.
However, these vegan sweet potato gnocchi are much lighter than the average gnocchi, making them perfect as a light vegan entree.
Nothing satisfies quite as much as a bite of creamy and crunchy vegan coleslaw salad. This recipe is one of the classic side dishes that pairs well with any hearty and traditional meals, but also makes a great starter.
Bhindi, also known as okra, is such a delicious and versatile vegetable that you just have to try this recipe. The spices really take this dish to another dimension – a guaranteed crowd-pleaser if there ever was one!
Kurkuri means crispy in Hindi, so it’s no surprise that they are wonderfully crispy and utterly out of this world.
Pastella alla palermitana is a traditional vegan Sicilian recipe that is criminally underrated and completely overlooked in global cuisine. If you enjoy the Japanese version of tempura crispy fried vegetables and shrimp, then this is the European version you need to try.
It goes down a treat when served up within minutes of cooking, for that oh so satisfying crispy crunch. Combine with the dipping sauce of your choice.
The undisputed king of vegan Spanish tapas, patatas bravas is the perfect potato dish for summer parties. Tailor made to please a crowd, this crispy roasted potato dish is so tasty when served with a salsa brava (spicy sauce) topping.
Simple ingredients, easy to make and they bring the taste of the mediterranean straight to your taste buds. What’s not to like?
Whether you’re a meat eater, a vegetarian or a vegan, few things are better than taking a bite from a warm, fresh and crunchy vegan falafel. Mung bean and sweet potato make for a delicious combination, giving you a highly nutritious, absolutely delicious falafel.
The best thing about vegan recipes like this one is that it’s really versatile – it’s easy to adapt it and make it gluten-free.
I am a fan of carrot soup and adding a little spice is great on this cold days
I couldn’t agree with you more Jo 🙂
My favourite is cherry tomatoes….I love these and I am not really a soup person and salads can be a pain to get so many ingredients together!
I love the cherry tomatoes too. they look stunning don’t they?
Tomato with vegan mozzarella!
I think the potato, green bean and chilli dish looks lovely! I’ll give it a try!
give it go 🙂 its delicious
I love Carrot and Ginger soup, love the kick of the ginger .x
yum, topped with some fresh coriander 🙂
Love a lentils and potatoes salad with a bit of oil and vinegar
Avacado salad 😀 Had it in a vegan restaurant so nice x
I love this one too.. make sure you check mine out
I really love carrot soup.
too many soups!