A vegan appetizer board must be colorful and varied. Finding vegan appetizers year-round is hard enough, but we’ll also help you by providing some tips on making it tasty and easy to put together. You’ll find lots of ideas to put together the perfect vegan board; a fantastic appetizer and a great starter course. It’s all about the quality of the ingredients.
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Hello my friends. Being vegan might be the right first step into a sustainable future and a healthier lifestyle, but special occasion dinners still have a long way to go, vegan-wise. Our Mediterranean Mezze Platter and Charcuterie Board Ideas aside, appetizer boards are typically just cheese and cured meat, one beside the other. But there are many other vegan-friendly foods you can use to put together a great vegan starter platter.
Thinking about this, we thought we’d make our own contribution to all our vegan friends with a special vegan grazing table. I invite you to see below how we put together a board of vegan appetizers Spoonabilities-style, and we’d love to know how you build yours. With ingredients like these, there’s no lousy vegan board, don’t you agree?
How to Make a Healthy Vegan Appetizers Board
The short answer is: It all starts with quality ingredients.
For starters, how about some Kalamata Olives? We have those at our store, and I will be honest. They are my favorite olives, along with the Magnificent Five Greek Olives, a selection of Kalamata, Chalkidiki, Nafpliou, Amfissa, and Thassos Greek olive varieties, and they’re fantastic. Kalamatas are definitely the meatiest olives on earth.
We also want to introduce you to a unique vegan selection called vegan fig salami with smoked paprika. This vegan salami is a genius product that comes in six different flavors, and has become my favorite snack. The ingredients for this vegan snack are Greek dried figs seasoned with Aleppo pepper, cinnamon, and smoked paprika. It has a fantastic smoky and spicy combination; the perfect addition for your salads, cheese plates, and glass of wine.
You might also want to source some good vegan cheese, and my favorite is a cashew milk cheese flavored with chives. You will find other vegan options in the same section at the supermarket, and you can grab a cashew spread with roasted garlic and a plant-based tzatziki dip. With those three selections, you are all set in terms of spreads and cheeses for this vegan appetizer board.
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You know you must have hummus, right? It’s the single best vegan food that no one can say no to, and along with it, some puffy pita bread. You also want to add some traditional middle-east salads like tabbouleh and chickpeas salads. But don’t forget to grab some stuffed grape leaves (dolma). They make a perfect addition, and they are a very filling vegan appetizer.
You should never miss when you are planning a vegan appetizer platter to add the smoky flavor of Baba ghanoush. Your board will not be complete without this delicious roasted eggplant blended with tahini and other spices. We are saving time and using the BEST gourmet store-bought roasted aubergine and red pepper spread in our board.
This roasted eggplant dip is combined with roasted sweet pepper, herbs, spices, and high-quality olive oil bringing it together for a savory, extremely versatile spread with Greek personality. The taste of this Greek spread is clean and flavorful, very similar to Ajvar Dip, a very popular dip in Southeastern Europe. You can add this spread to toast, serve along with meats, and eat it over hummus and pita chips.
Your Vegan Appetizer Platter’s Success Depends on Fresh Vegetables and Fruits
Bring color and life to your vegan party platter by selecting the freshest vegetables and fruits you can find. Remember you eat with your eyes first. Make sure to pick different colors, textures, and flavors that will complement your dips and spreads. You will be using the vegetables and fruits to scoop up the dips.
Here is the list of fruits, vegetables, and nuts that I use for this vegan appetizer board.
- Vegetables: Cherry Tomatoes, Carrots, Celery, Cucumbers, Watermelon Radish, Radishes.
- Fruits: Grapes, Apples, Cherries, Strawberry, Blackberries, Pomegranate, Pears, Figs, Persimmon.
- Nuts: Pistachios, Almonds, Pecan, Walnut
Remember this is a guide for you to craft your vegan grazing table, but feel free to add or remove any ingredients. Use what you have on hand, or store-made, or in season, and most importantly what you and your guests love. If you get a chance to plan ahead, check out our shop for the fantastic products listed in this post. If you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter, go and do that now and you will receive a special discount for your first purchase.
Because grazing tables are all about mixing and matching flavors, always remember that your vegan appetizer board's success depends on picking high-quality ingredients. Don't overcomplicate things. Try to keep your special occasion vegan board varied, using foods of different colors, flavors, and textures; that's what works best!
If you want to dive deep, learn how to make a charcuterie board and apply what you learn to the vegan side of life, and if you want to branch out and add some other appetizers for your party, check out our entire appetizer section for ideas including Air Fryer Vegan Egg Rolls and our Best Vegan Nachos.
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