9 Festive Vegan Christmas Appetizers to Start Your Holiday on a High Note

(Updated November 17, 2020) | For many families, a key element of why Christmas is such a special time is the food. Sharing food and bonding over the mutual enjoyment of delicious, festive dishes is something we treasure dearly—especially after this crazy, hectic year. The first step to perfecting your Christmas menu is a brilliant appetizer. The appetizers break the ice and get guests noshing until the star main arrives. Here are nine vegan appetizer recipes to make this Christmas.

9 Vegan Appetizers to Make the Best Christmas Starters Ever


1. Christmas Pinwheels

If you’re looking for an appetizer that says “I’m simple, yet sophisticated”, look no further. These decadent little treats are *the* festive appetizer you never knew your belly needed. Featuring pesto and sun-dried tomatoes, these delicious-looking pinwheels have all the hallmark colorings of the season.

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2. Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

For an appetizer so good you’ll forget about the mains, dip into these vegan stuffed mushrooms. The breaded mushrooms are filled with brown onions and red capsicum for a burst of flavor with every bite.

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3. Vegan “Mozzarella” Sticks

Who doesn’t love biting into an oozing stick of cheese? Vegan cheese does a great job at recreating the classic mozzarella sticks, ethically. That’s something everyone can buzz about.

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4. Easy Tomato Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

Everybody loves bread. You can rest assured there’ll be no leftovers after a tray of these bruschetta is served up. Have a heavy hand on the balsamic glaze to enhance the flavor and balance the dryness of the bruschetta.

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5. Vegan Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

If you’ve been to a Christmas celebration with children, you’re likely aware that the fancy and more sophisticated flavors aren’t always a hit. Take the safe route and offer failproof pesto as a simple appetizer people of all ages can enjoy. Not to mention, the color is totally appropriate for the festive occasion.

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6. Vegan Sweet Potato and Cranberry Mousse Bites

These are so simple to make, they’re the perfect appetizer to whip up last-minute. Crackers are loaded with layers of sweet potato mousse, cranberry sauce, pecans, and toasted pumpkin seeds for a seasonal snack that is sure to be the talk of your Christmas dinner.

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7. No-Bake Stuffed Mushrooms

A true Unami flavor is present and we’re totally here for it. Although this recipe is relatively simple, the final product exudes a wide range of flavor.

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8. Vegan Garlic, Cheese, and Spinach Pizza Rolls Recipe

In the northern hemisphere, Christmas time is cold. Thankfully, hot and comforting pizza rolls are super effective at warming up the recipient. Make sure you put some aside for later if you want leftovers because a batch will go fast!

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9. Spring Rolls with Carrot-Ginger Dipping Sauce

Pile them a mile high and the dipping sauce gallons deep.

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