It's almost that time to start planning some party recipes for New Year's Eve.
Whether you're a guest and want to bring some delicious vegan finger food to impress your hosts or you’re the one who is hosting a party, you want to make sure you pick the perfect vegan recipes.
Choosing among so many options of party appetizers, dips, spicy bites, and snacks can be overwhelming.
So, our team got together and created a list of our favorite vegan New Year’s eve recipes from around the Internet that we believe would impress even non-vegans.
Our Top Vegan New Year's Eve Recipes
1. Chimichurri Sauce
Starting with some unexpected dips and sauces is a great way to start your vegan New Year’s Eve party.
All you need is 10 minutes and a few ingredients to make this flavorful plant-based dip that can jazz up anything from crackers, burgers and fries, to crispy tacos.
Here’s what you’ll need for this delicious vegan party appetizer:
- 5 cloves garlic (peeled and crushed)
- 1 medium serrano pepper (deseeded)
- 1 cup packed cilantro
- 1 cup packed flat-leaf parsley
- 3 Tbsp ripe avocado
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 Tbsp lime juice
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp avocado oil (optional)
- Water (about 3 Tbsp)
All you need to do is mix up all ingredients in the blender.
2. Spinach and Artichoke Dip
This is an easy-to-make vegan New Year’s party appetizer with loads of nutrients and an exciting combination of flavors. Moreover, spinach is one of the best vegan foods rich in selenium.
The ingredients include:
- 1 ½ cup raw cashews (soaked, drained and rinsed)
- 1 cup silken tofu
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp cayenne pepper hot sauce
- ¼ cup unflavored soy or almond milk
- 1 cup frozen spinach (thawed and well-drained)
- 1 cup frozen artichoke hearts
- ¼ cup chopped chives
- 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Slowly add in the cayenne pepper sauce little by little; you can always add more if needed.
- Use a food processor fitted with an s-blade to blend the cashews, tofu, garlic, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, hot sauce, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, and black pepper until you get a creamy, smooth consistency.
- First, make sure your tofu is drained. Add the milk slowly while the food processor is running. You can sele Do this until sour-cream-like consistency is achieved.
- Add the remaining ingredients and pulse. Do this until the spinach and artichokes are finely chopped. If you and your guests like spice, add more red pepper flakes and transfer to a serving bowl.
- Combine this creamy gluten-free dip with crispy bread, french fries, or vegan crackers for a perfect vegan New Year’s Eve appetizer.
3. Festive Hummus
This ultimate vegan party food deserves a place in your special occasion cookbook. The great thing about hummus, in general, is that your imagination is the only limiting factor.
- 1 1/2 cups plain hummus
- 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/4 cup persimmon, diced
- 2 tablespoons shallot, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
- Combine the pomegranate, persimmon, shallot, parsley, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Smooth the hummus onto a platter or shallow bowl.
- Spoon the pomegranate and persimmon salad on top of the hummus. Sprinkle everything with sesame seeds and add an additional drizzle of olive oil if desired.
- This classic vegan appetizer will definitely get your vegan New Year party started with its unexpected combination of flavors.
- Serve with vegan crackers, pita, or sliced veggies. Open up a bottle of champagne and have a toast to a happy New Year!
4. Cauliflower Buffalo Bites
Ring in the New Year with this delicious plant-based version of spicy buffalo wings. This vegan party appetizer is super-easy to make and has a potential of winning over even your non-vegan guests.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 large Cauliflower
- All purpose flour (or gluten-free flour)
- Garlic and onion powder
- Vegan Hot Sauce
- Vegan butter
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup or agave
- Once you have washed and cut cauliflower florets, make the batter by adding water, flour, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt into a large bowl and give it a good whisk.
- Add the cauliflower to the batter in the bowl and toss to combine. As you are taking the pieces out one by one, and tap to remove the excess batter.
- For extra crispiness, roll each piece into panko breadcrumbs before placing on a baking sheet. Bake each side for roughly 20 minutes.
- When they’re nice and brown, top them with sauce made of melted vegan butter and vegan hot sauce.
- This easy vegan recipe is perfect finger food for any occasion, not just a vegan New Year’s Eve party.
5. Vegan Cheese Ball
What’s a New Year’s party without a festive ball of creamy plant-based cheese?
This easy to make plant-based crowd pleaser is a perfect party appetizer for all cheese-loving guests at your vegan Christmas or New Year’s celebration.
We all know that parties without cheese are just...meh. So, let's see what this yummy dairy-free recipe calls for:
- 2 cups raw cashews
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2-1 teaspoon dried dill (or 1-2 tablespoons fresh dill)
- 4 ounces vegan cream cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- After soaking cashews in hot water for 5 minutes, drain them, and put them in a food processor along with onion powder, lemon juice, garlic powder, dill, and salt. Blend until smooth, 1-2 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Now it's time to blend in the vegan cream cheese.
- Use a clean tea towel to coat a small-medium sized bowl. Transfer all of the cheese into the bowl. Gather the corners of the towel and gently twist the top to help shape the cheese.
- The next step is to chill it for 4-6 hours or overnight.
- When ready to serve, unwrap the cheese ball and roll it gently in the chopped pecans until coated.
- Serve with vegan crackers or vegetables like carrot sticks, celery, or cucumbers. This easy and fun vegan recipe goes well with champagne, too.
Which New Year’s Eve Recipes Are Your Favorite?
Choosing only the top 5 New Year's recipes seems like an impossible quest. There are so many easy and creative party food ideas to spice up your New Year's celebration, from tasty and healthy dips, creamy appetizers, crunchy snacks to spicy bites.
You won't need to be a trained chef for any of these quick and easy vegan New Year's Eve recipes to work out, and if you're doing the prep with friends and loved ones, it can be a lot of fun.
Let us know on social media if you have some great ideas you have used.
Happy New Year!