6 Meatless Appetizers Pleasing Every Palette for the Holidays

As holiday party season enters full swing, it’s important to have a few dishes in mind to suit every potential guest’s palette. One can never go wrong having vegetarian options on the menu, as a tasty meatless selection will prove to be a hit even among carnivores (think spinach puffs, bruschetta, cheese and onion dips, and deviled eggs).

We’ve gathered 6 savory and sensational vegetarian appetizer recipes here for your reference. They’re sure to satisfy any party guest!

Sweet Potato Spread on Baguette

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1. Sweet Potato Crostini With Toasted Walnuts And Tahini

Food Fitness Fresh Air’s Sweet Potato Crostini With Toasted Walnuts and Tahini are tasty, bite-sized party treats that everyone will love. The dish even manages to pack in some nutritional benefits: As Livestrong points out, sweet potatoes are chock full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, while black eyed peas are a source of both fiber and protein.

Toasted walnuts add a truly dazzling garnish to this starter. In order to toast your walnuts, chop them roughly, then warm on a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir frequently until the edges are browned and the walnuts become fragrant. Sprinkle onto your crostini, and voila! Hearty, ready-to-serve goodness!


  • 1 medium sweet potato, baked
  • ½ cup black eyed peas
  • ¼ cup sesame tahini, plus more to drizzle
  • ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼-½ teaspoon cayenne, per your heat preference
  • Salt, to taste
  • ½ cup toasted walnuts
  • Honey, to drizzle
  • Lemon wedge, to squeeze
  • 1 multigrain baguette, sliced into½-inch thick ovals

Directions: In a food processor, combine sweet potato, black eyed peas, tahini, chili powder, nutmeg, cayenne, and salt. Puree until smooth. Turn on broiler in oven. Arrange baguette slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Very lightly drizzle with olive oil or melted butter. Broil until brown and crispy, about 5 minutes.

Remove from oven, and begin to spoon sweet potato dip on top. Sprinkle toasted walnuts on top. Then, drizzle with honey and tahini, and finish with a squeeze of lemon. Serve.