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Category: Appetizers & Snacks

  • Vegan Black Bean Dip

    Vegan Black Bean Dip

    This is an easy homemade vegan black bean dip recipe with canned blacked beans, onions, garlic, jalapeño, lime juice, liquid smoke, chili powder, cumin and more. It’s a two step process–sauté the onions, garlic and jalapeño and then, combine all the remaining black bean dip ingredients in a blender. That’s it. This recipe makes ~2 […]

  • Smoky Roasted Chickpeas

    This is an easy vegan smoky roasted chickpeas recipe with smoked paprika, garlic powder, soy sauce, hot sauce, maple syrup, liquid smoke and olive oil. The process is easy–mix everything together, marinate, and then, roast the chickpeas in the air fryer or oven. Enjoy these smoky chickpeas as a snack, topping for salads, inside wraps, […]

  • Cherry Bruschetta

    Originating in Italy in the 15th century, bruschetta is grilled bread rubbed with garlic, drizzled with olive oil, and often topped with tomatoes and fresh herbs. Inspired by bruschetta and summer stone fruit, I put together this easy vegan cherry bruschetta recipe with sweet red cherries, fresh basil, sun-dried tomatoes, balsamic reduction, olive oil and […]

  • Buffalo Flavored Nuts

    This vegan buffalo flavored nuts recipe keeps you coming back for more. When I was putting it together, I had the Snyder’s of Hanover Hot Buffalo Wing Pretzel Pieces on my mind. Homemade buffalo almonds and cashews should taste like the king of all vegan snack food. And when they do, those spicy nuts are […]

  • Smoky Maple BBQ Popcorn

    This is an easy vegan BBQ popcorn recipe with maple syrup, smoked paprika, chipotle powder and more. It’s smoky, sweet, spicy, and savory. It’s texture is crunchy and light. As you snack, it doesn’t leave seasoning all over your fingers, as some BBQ flavored popcorn recipes do. In the end, it’s a homemade smoky maple […]

  • Vegan Guacamole

    When I first moved to California, I went through a guacamole phase. I’d make a big bowl of vegan guac, and we’d eat it for dinner with tortilla chips. Yep, that was dinner. And now, I’m going to share that vegan guacamole recipe with you! This avocado dip is super easy. You mash up the […]

  • Watermelon Salsa

    This watermelon salsa recipe is quick, easy, tasty and refreshing! I love how the watermelon’s sweetness balances with the spicy jalapeño, savory garlic and acidic lime juice. Enjoy it with tortilla chips, on tacos, and more! A few things… This recipe makes ~4 ½ cups of blender watermelon salsa. It’s perfect for summer, because all […]

  • Vegan Tzatziki Sauce

    Is tzatziki vegan? Unfortunately, one of the main ingredients in the popular Greek sauce is yogurt. So no, it is not vegan. Fortunately, this Greek-inspired vegan tzatziki sauce recipe uses either vegan sour cream or vegan yogurt. It does a great job filling the void. It’s super easy to make. You chop some cucumber and […]

  • Romesco Sauce

    Is romesco sauce vegan? Yes, the Catalan condiment is made from roasted tomatoes and red peppers with toasted almonds, stale bread, garlic and vinegar. There are some differences in ingredients, but commonly, it is free of dairy and animal products. Traditionally, it is served with fish, but there are many other ways to enjoy it. […]

  • Air Fryer Za’atar Chickpeas

    Chickpeas taste awesome marinated in za’atar seasoning. In fact, this air fryer recipe for za’atar chickpeas taste delicious without cooking them! But roast them, and they have a second life, as a crispy, tasty treat. They work well as a snack, on salads, with pitas and more. You don’t want to miss out on these […]

  • Vegan Queso Dip

    Inspired by the beloved Tex-Mex dip, this is one creamy vegan queso recipe with cashews, nutritional yeast, and Rotel! Whether you use mild or hot Rotel, this vegan homemade queso disappears fast. It is so good smothered on nachos, tacos, or with soft pretzels. You could even use it to make a vegan queso mac […]

  • Roasted Garlic

    This roasted garlic recipe is easy, healthy and tastes amazing smeared on toasted bread, spread on a sandwich, added to vegan gravy, put into soups, like Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup, added to bean salad and more. If you love garlic and haven’t been roasting it, you’ve been missing out! As it roasts, the garlic cloves […]

  • Kalamata Olive Tapenade

    This quick, easy vegan kalamata olive tapenade recipe is packed with serious flavor from sautéed garlic, oregano, parsley, olives, and capers. It tastes great spread on toasted bread, sliced baguette, pizza, sandwiches or really anything that goes on the grill. It also works well as a kalamata olive dip for fresh veggies or pita. Whether […]

  • Sicilian Eggplant Crostini

    Fancy appetizer, delicious snack, light lunch, hearty side. However you look at it, this vegan eggplant crostini recipe is where it’s at! Some crushed red pepper, green olives, eggplant and fresh tomato… it’s really something. A few bites, and it’s on to the next one. This vegan crostini tastes amazing straight out of the oven […]

  • Black Bean Avocado Salsa

    This vegan black bean avocado salsa recipe is… the perfect answer for “lunch?” A crowd-pleasing dip for chips. An awesome topping to a baked sweet potato. A delicious filling for a tortilla wrap. A tasty topping to a Southwestern-themed salad. Over and over, this black beans and avocado recipe is my go-to, because it makes […]

  • Vegan Feta

    If you’re looking for a homemade vegan feta recipe with tofu, this is it. It’s salty, acidic, and a touch herbaceous. While using extra firm tofu helps cut down on the fat, there’s also plenty of protein, texture and flavor. This faux feta cheese works well in salads. Or serve it as part of a […]

  • Roasted Garlic Spinach Artichoke Dip

    Traditional spinach artichoke dip is loaded with cheese, cream cheese, and sometimes, even sour cream. This vegan artichoke dip recipe takes inspiration from the classic appetizer, but it is not meant to be a perfect copycat. Instead, it depends a lot less on vegan dairy products to bring the flavor, and a lot more on […]

  • Creamy Chickpea Salad

    This is an easy recipe for creamy chickpea salad with vegan mayo, dijon, nutritional yeast, pepperoncini (or dill pickles), crunchy carrots and celery, and more. You can enjoy this vegan chickpea salad on sandwiches, wraps, or even as a snack on crackers. This creamy chickpea salad recipe is perfect for lunch, camping, picnics or dinner. […]

  • Vegan Crab Salad

    This vegan crab salad recipe is as imitation crab meat as you can get!  No need to rely on other fish to play the role, and we don’t have to pretend to be scientists making our own crab with a blend of starch, fillers and artificial flavors.  We can look no further than humble kelp […]

  • Hearts of Palm Ceviche

    Eaten all across Latin America and the Caribbean, ceviche is a popular seafood appetizer.  It often involves raw fish, citrus, cilantro and chiles. It is commonly enjoyed on its own or with tortilla chips. And there are cultural differences in ingredients and preparation. Inspired, I came up with this vegan (or vegetarian) hearts of palm […]

  • Texas Caviar with Italian Dressing

    The first time I had Texas caviar (also known as cowboy caviar) was at a work potluck. As I recall, it was the one dish that didn’t make it home.  We devoured it straightaway. And thus, I was inspired to make this recipe for Texas caviar with homemade vegan Italian dressing! So, what is Texas caviar? […]

  • Orange Miso Chickpea Salad with Pita Chips

    This is a simple recipe that works great for lunch, a midday snack or a light meal. It requires few ingredients, and minimal time to execute. The flavor is umami goodness. In some ways, this salad is a deconstructed hummus with a bit of a nod to Asian flavors. Overall, it is creamy and delicious! […]