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Best vegetarian starter recipes

Published: June 16, 2021 at 1:13 pm
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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 and vegetarian canapés.


Easy veggie starter recipes

Cauliflower fritters

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.

Ukrainian cauliflower Fritters

Beetroot, goat’s cheese and candied walnuts

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.

Crudités with chipotle aïoli

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.

A wooden board on a grey stone background flled with vegetable crudités and a small pot of chipotle aïoli with red rippled through

Roast beetroot soup with caramelised onion and blue cheese toasts

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.

Roasted Beet Soup Recipe with Blue Cheese

Grilled vegetable antipasti

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.

Grilled Vegetable Antipasti Recipe

Rarebit mushrooms with pickle dressing

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!

Rarebit-stuffed mushrooms with pickle dressing

Burrata with savoury granola

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.

Burrata Cheese Recipe with Savoury Granola

Vegan broccoli tempura with ponzu dipping sauce

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.

Broccoli Tempura with Ponzu Sauce

Crispy okra

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.

A blue and white pattered plate with deep fried strips of okra and a small pot of creamy dip on a wooden table

Vegetarian halloumi shawarma

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.

Vegetarian Shawarma Recipe with Halloumi

Leek, pea and spinach soup

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.

A bowl of leek, spinach and pea soup, topped with seeds

Chickpea fritters with yogurt, green chilli and cucumber salad

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.

Chickpea Fritters Recipe with Yogurt, Green Chilli and Cucumber Salad

Warm hummus with pine nuts, raisins and olives

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.

Easy Hummus Recipe Topped with Pine Nuts, Raisins and Olives

Gazpacho with cheesy pesto croutons

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.

Gazpacho Recipe with Cheesy Croutons and Pesto

Confit garlic with roasted tomatoes on toast

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.

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes on Toast with Garlic Confit

Charred onions with balsamic, walnuts and ricotta

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.

Balsamic Onions Recipe For an Easy Side Dish with Ricotta and Walnuts

Roast broccoli wedges with kecap manis and peanuts

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.

Oven Roasted Broccoli Recipe with Kecap Manis and Peanuts

Vegan Mexican charred sweetcorn soup

Seasoned with sweet smoked paprika, ground cumin and dried ancho chilli, this fragrant soup makes for a punchy start to your veggie dinner.

Vegan Mexican Sweetcorn Soup Recipe with Ancho Chillies

Sweet potato and miso soup

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.

Sweet Potato Soup Recipe with White Miso

Marinated melon and bocconcini

Go retro with this 80's-inspired starter. You only need a few ingredients to create this colourful veggie salad.

Colourful melon and mozzarella balls in a black salad bowl

Mediterranean roast peppers with olives and goat’s cheese

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.

Goat's Cheese Stuffed Peppers Recipe with Olives

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