Vegetarian starters that everyone can enjoy, including stuffed artichokes, a kirsch cheese fondue to share and pea and asparagus open ravioli
Vegetarian starters are perfect for a dinner party, whether you’re vegetarian, cooking for vegetarians or want to try something light and fresh ahead of a meaty main course.
Our pick of vegetarian starter recipes includes easy vegetarian soups like carrot and coriander, to impressive starters like stuffed artichokes or open ravioli (which are a lot easier to make that they look). Whatever you prefer, you’re sure to find a vegetarian starter recipe for your dinner party.
Of course, you don’t have to be vegetarian to serve up a vegetarian starter at a dinner party. They’re so easy to make that they take the hassle out of cooking and you can get on with the main course. There are so many different recipes for you to try that you’ll find yourself coming back for a different one each time you host for friends and family.
For a sophisticated vegetarian starter, give these stuffed artichokes a go. Don’t be put off if you’ve never prepared an artichoke before, it’s surprisingly easy and really tasty, so it’s worth the effort – and our video shows you how to prepare them quickly and easily, with no waste.
QUICK TIP: Not all cheese are vegetarian, so it’s best to check the pacakging if you’re unsure. In many cases, you can find substitues – for example, Parmesan cheese is not suitable for vegetarians, biut you can find vegetarian Italian hard cheese at most supermarkets.
Try something new this weekend and give one of our vegetarian starters a go. They’ll be a guaranteed hit with guests and you’ll find yourself making them time and time again.
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This Kirsch cheese fondue doesn't have to be enjoyed solely around Christmas! It's a really fun way to kick off a dinner party so you can make it at any time.
This carrot and coriander soup is a classic recipe that you'll find yourself making time and time again. Perfectly creamy and delicious, guests will absolutely love it!
For a starter that looks really cheffy, this pea and asparagus open ravioli should be your go-to recipe. It's really light and delicious!
This roast squash with goats' cheeseis a really impressive recipe that is perfect dished up at a dinner party. It looks really special and tastes just as delicious which makes it a guaranteed hit!
Courgette and cheese come together perfectly in this courgette and blacksticks blue soup. Crumbly blue cheese is a fantastic addition! Plus, if you have any left over you can happily enjoy this soup on its own for lunch.
This asparagus tart with brie and black olive dressing is full of sophisticated flavours and it's got some beautiful colours in there too which makes it an absolute treat!
Try this creamy pumpkin soup with lemongrass and chilli - with a prep time of just 15 minutes, you can have it ready in no time and simply reheat when your guests arrive.
For a really colourful, playful but also delicious starter, this orange, chicory and beetroot salad with toasted almonds is the one for you. It's a real treat!
A super simple blue cheese and caramelised onion tart is always a hit. The flavours compliment each other perfectly and everyone will be asking for more.
This red pepper and feta bruschetta couldn't be easier to make. It really takes the hassle out of preparing a starter and you can quickly make more if unexpected guests turn up.
Polenta bread with antipasti is a really chic way to kick off a dinner party. Let people help themselves for a really laid back starter choice and they go great with olives, a selection of dips and some greens as well as tomatoes.
A summer greens tart is not only a really lovely lunch option, but a slice served with some fresh greens makes a really elegant dinner party starter. This is a great option for both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike as it goes down a treat with everyone.
These mushroom, goats' cheese and tarragon tartlets are single-serving portions that are full of autumnal flavours but work just as nicely year-round. If you're making them for a loved one, you can even cut them into the shape of a heart instead of a square, if you prefer!