27 vegetarian starter recipes
Whether you're hosting a party or fancy a light dinner, try our best meat-free starter recipes, from grilled vegetable antipasti to gazpacho with cheesy croutons
Looking for vegetarian starter ideas? Try our meat-free recipes to begin your dinner party, including plant-based options for vegans. Then check out our vegetarian entertaining ideas, vegetarian canapés and vegan starters.
Our vegetarian starters include a variety of delicious dishes you can serve at your next dinner party, including satisfying soups, crunchy salads, meltingly cheesey plates and a selection of light bites.
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Easy veggie starter recipes
These easy fritters are quick and easy to make, and are great served before a meal. The dill and garlic mayonnaise dip really takes them to the next level, too.
Make a plate of earthy beetroot, paired with salty goat's cheese and sweet candied walnuts, for a stylish veggie starter to present at your next dinner party. This recipe is from Fenn in London.
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Throw together this impressive-looking starter in just 20 minutes start to finish. Grilling the goat's cheese gives it extra oomph, along with the drizzled hot honey.
These fried corn ribs from sustainable dining restaurant Fallow are a delicious vegetarian starter or snack to serve with drinks.
Serve this vegetarian starter at your next dinner party – mushrooms, shallots, garlic, thyme and sherry give it real depth of flavour.
Kickstart your dinner party with this seasonal panzanella, it has plenty of root veg and tangy blue cheese.
Taking just 15 minutes to put together, this easy starter is great for dinner parties over the summer. Use any crisp, fresh vegetables that are available.
Serve these vegetarian Indonesian sweetcorn fritters as a snack or as part of a meal. They're sweet and crunchy and served alongside a spicy tomato sambal made of chillies, shallots, lime, oil and green or red tomatoes.
Get your dinner party off to a vibrant start with our creamy beetroot soup topped with crunchy, cheesy mini sourdough toasts. Try our veggie soup recipe for a warming starter.
Kick off a classic Italian meal with these gorgeous grilled veggies. Serve with fresh focaccia and olives and for an impressive dinner party starter that everyone can tuck into.
Vegetarians will love this wild mushrooms on toast dish – levelled up with a homemade labneh, garlic and herbs.
Flat mushrooms topped with mustardy rarebit and served with a quick red wine vinegar dressing makes for an ideal dinner party starter. It's gluten free, too!
Give your burrata an upgrade by topping with a nutty granola. This smart dish makes for a quick and easy start to your meal as you can make the granola ahead of time.
Make these potato and paneer kebabs – where the paneer is marinated in lemon juice and gunpowder spice – for a simple vegetarian starter or light lunch.
Want a vegan snack that friends and family can enjoy before the main course? Impress with our broccoli tempura with ponzu dipping sauce, a vibrant meat-free option.
Okra – also known as ladies' fingers – is a vegetable most often seen in Indian and Caribbean cuisine. Coat it in semolina, deep-fry and serve with a yuzu ponzu dip for an exciting veggie starter.
Calling all cheese lovers! Our halloumi shawarma serves three but can easily be doubled if you're feeding a crowd. Accompany with a fresh salad and flatbreads for a mezze-style vegetarian starter.
A soothing starter ready in less than 30 minutes, impress your dinner guests with a bowl of freshly homemade soup. Serve with lots of crusty bread and you’re onto a winner.
Lightly spiced and packed with chickpeas, these vegetarian fritters are ready in just 30 minutes. Serve with a dollop of yogurt and fresh cucumber salad.
Pickles are wrapped in crispy cheese in this delicious vegetarian canapé.
Want to impress with a mezze-style spread? Try making your own hummus and jazz it up with pine nuts, raisins and olives. Serve with pittas and let everyone dig in.
Our tomato gazpacho makes for a refreshing veggie starter, while cheesy pesto croutons an a little indulgence. This recipe serves four, and can be made ahead as it needs to be chilled before serving.
This simple vegan starter requires only five ingredients and is easy to make. Roast the garlic ahead of time, then top the toasts just before serving.
Brush sweet onions in a balsamic honey glaze, bake until tender and serve with dollops of creamy ricotta for an easy veggie starter that the whole table can tuck into.
Make broccoli the star of the show with this vegan entertaining dish, ready in 40 minutes. The scattering of spring onions and peanuts adds a salty kick.
Seasoned with sweet smoked paprika, ground cumin and dried ancho chilli, this fragrant soup makes for a punchy start to your veggie dinner.
Want a warming vegan starter? Rustle up a batch of our velvety sweet potato and miso soup ahead of time, then top with crispy miso kale before serving for an umami kick.
For a typically Aegean vegetarian starter, try this mix of sautéed greens, walnuts, yogurt and tart sumac.
Go retro with this 80's-inspired starter. You only need a few ingredients to create this colourful veggie salad.
Easy to make and ready in just 45 minutes, this Mediterranean-style starter combines sweet peppers with salty olives and creamy goat's cheese. A fuss-free starter than spends most of its cooking time in the oven.
These tartlets are a brilliant addition to any dinner party. Ready in 30 minutes, the mild brininess and nuttiness of the cheese pairs beautifully with the asparagus.