I live in Greece, where vegetarian appetizer recipes are as common as the main dish. Greeks are masters of "Mezedakia ", or "little appetizers", and in fact, people often eat only those delicious little dishes "Meze", but lots of them!
An appetizer can be as simple as a quartered tomato, some cucumber bits, a few black olives, and some chunks of feta cheese on a plate.
It can be more sophisticated too- but Greek food is famous for it's simplicity.
The "secret ingredients" are market fresh, sun warmed vegetables, quality olives and feta, salt and pepper, and lots of super good virgin olive oil.
However, there are of course fantastic vegan and vegetarian appetizers from all around the world.
Here is an eclectic mix of vegetarian appetizers that are really delicious. The recipes below keep well in the refrigerator, so you can prepare them a few days in advance to save time if you are expecting company. Enjoy!
Falafel Recipe: Falafel is a great fast food! And it is actually healthy for you too. Falafel are chick pea patties often served with crisp vegetables in a pita pocket bread.
Hummus: Learn how to make real hummus from scratch! Hummus is a delicious and healthy dip recipe from the Middle East that today can be found all over the world.
Home Made Pita Crisps: Home made pita crisps are super simple to make, and contains no “funny” ingredients like the bought ones. This quick snack is healthy and goes with almost anything. Use them for all the lovely dips below!
Caponata - Eggplant Salad From Sicily: Caponata is a marinated eggplant dish from Sicily. This Mediterranean vegan recipe is delicious as an appetizer or a side dish.
Tzatziki - Cucumber Salad From Greece: Tzatziki is a Greek salad recipe or dip made with cucumber, yogurt and garlic. It is one of the most popular Greek vegetarian appetizers with plenty of local variations!
Guacamole Dip - Avocado Salad Recipe: This is a Mediterranean version of this super-delicious Mexican vegan guacamole dip recipe!
Marinated Bean Salad with Giant White Beans: A marinated giant bean salad is a very simple and delicious dish; you could also try mashing the beans for a white bean dip as an alternative. It keeps for a week in the fridge.
Vegetarian side dishes could be anything from a salad to a potato gratin. Here are some nice additions to a tasty main meal: