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Looking for vegan party food ideas? Check out these 10 vegan food bar ideas, they are perfect for easy and fun entertaining.

mexican and pho vegan party food ideas

Why serve a vegan food bar menu?

We have always enjoyed having a houseful over for meals. Through the years, I have found that creating a food bar-themed dinner allows me to prep ahead, and when it’s time to serve, I am not all frazzled and bound to the kitchen. Instead, I just set everything out and enjoy being with our company.

10 vegan party food bar ideas


Mexican food bar

mexican vegan party food ideas

One of my all-time favorite go-to food bar ideas is a Mexican-themed dinner. I have all the makings ready for soft or hard tacos, nachos, and taco salads. This makes it flexible for your guest to create their own plate full of Mexican goodness.

I have several salsa recipes you can whip up for your next Mexican dinner. One of our family’s favorite recipes that friends always ask for is my Green Tomato Salsa.

canned green tomato salsa on spoon

Another good side for a Mexican food bar idea is to serve my Mexican Coleslaw Salad. A little bit of spice, cilantro, fresh slaw, and a touch of sweetness makes this Mexican Coleslaw Salad a perfect side salad for your next Mexican meal.

Mexican Coleslaw Salad | I little bit of spice and a touch of sweetness makes this Mexican Coleslaw a perfect side salad for your next Mexican meal.
Mexican Coleslaw Salad
Mexican Tomato Soup
Make your own delicious fresh Mexican Tomato Soup by cooking together fresh-picked tomatoes, authentic Mexican spices, coconut cream, and then give it a little heat from some jalapenos.
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Mexican tomato soup in a bowl with jalapeno and cilantro on top.
Spicy Cowboy Candy Canning Recipe (Step-By-Step)
Making Canned Cowboy Candy, is the perfect way to pickle jalapenos in an addictive sweet and spicy sauce. Get step-by-step canning instructions and learn how to safely use a water bath canner to safely preserve these irresistible sweet and spicy jalapenos.
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Corn Salad With Cilantro
Corn Salad With Cilantro is a quick, colorful salad full of fresh flavors perfect as a side salad, topping on meats or as a dip with chips.
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Corn Salad With Cilantro is a quick colorful salad full of fresh flavores perfect as a side salad, topping on meats or as a dip with chips.
Quick Mexican Brown Rice Salad and Dressing
Quick Mexican Brown Rice Salad & Dressing is a cold Mexican rice salad that bursts with fresh flavors. You can make this salad in under 20 minutes using my shortcut tips.
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Mexican Brown Rice Salad in bowl and ingredients needed to make salad
Vegan Queso
You’re going to be amazed at this rich and creamy vegan queso. It’s dairy-free, has slightly spicy Mexican flavors, and is quick and easy to make.
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vegan queso in skillet

Vegan baked potato bar

Potatoes for vegan party food ideas

Creating a baked potato bar is a great prep-ahead meal that your family and friends will enjoy. Try this fun way to slice your potatoes before baking. Just slice, add a bit of vegan butter, wrap in foil and bake until soft.

While your potatoes are baking, fill bowls with the following toppings. Just place it in the refrigerator until it’s time to serve.

  • vegan sour cream
  • chives
  • sauteed onions
  • vegan cheeses
  • fresh onions
  • cashews, pumpkin seeds, or sliced almonds
  • lemon slices for juice
  • nutritional yeast
  • steamed broccoli
  • vegan chili
  • salsa
  • guacamole
  • beans
  • diced tomatoes
  • hummus
  • sauteed mushrooms
  • cilantro basil and other fresh herbs
Perfect Air Fryer Baked Potatoes Recipe
This air fryer baked potatoes recipe creates the perfect baked potato with salty crispy skin and light fluffy insides every time.
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Perfect Air Fryer Baked Potatoes Recipe salt and pepper
Spicy Cashew Cream Sauce
This quick and easy Spicy Cashew Cream Sauce Dressing Recipe (Vegan) is a delicious vegan substitute for mayonnaise, salad dressing, or sour cream.
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cashew cream sauce
Vegan Nacho Cheese
Extremely cheesy vegan nacho cheese sauce is easy to make. You can indulge by smothering your nachos or having a big bowl of cheese sauce with your chips if you do not want to eat a dairy product.
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VEGAN NACHO CHEESE ON TACO
Spicy Seed Salad Topping
Try this Spicy Seed Salad Topping, it's a great way to kick up your salads with a little bit of heat and crunch.
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Spicy seed Salad Topping with pine nuts sesame seeds poppy seeds and other seasonings in a bowl

Vegan pizza bar

pizza sign for vegan party food ideas

Vegan party food ideas are easy when you throw a pizza party! For this one, I suggest have the crust all ready to go on large cookie sheets. Roll out the dough into personal pan sizes, then prebake or buy already made cauliflower crust and cut them to make personal pan size. Fill bowls with toppings and place in the refrigerator until it’s time for the guest to arrive. The fun part of this food bar will be having your guest create their own pizzas. 

Try something unique like Thi pizza. Use my  Peanut Sauce as a base, then top with chickpeas, shredded carrots, diced onions, cilantro, and a drizzle of sriracha sauce. 

More topping ideas

  • marinara sauce
  • hummus
  • onions
  • all variety of peppers
  • spinach
  • artichokes
  • a variety of olives
  • tomatoes
  • mushrooms
  • pineapple
  • chickpeas
  • sauteed Brussel sprouts
  • cooked cubed potatoes
  • corn
Roasted Red Pepper Spread
Roasted Red Pepper Spread is a delightfully sweet, Mediterranean flavored roasted red pepper and tomato spread that can be used as a dip for naan bread, a sauce for pizza and pasta, or a sandwich spread.
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roasted red pepper spread

Pho noodle bowl bar

Pho Soup for vegan party food ideas

A pho noodle bowl bar will be a sure hit because it is such a unique and fun food bar. You will want to make up a big crockpot full of broth. The Savory Vegan has an easy recipe for Asian vegetable noodle broth. 

Next, you will want to fill serving bowls full of items that your guest can fill their soup bowls with. Some items could include the following.

  • soba noodles, cooked
  • rice noodles 
  • shallots
  • mushroom slices
  • steamed broccoli
  • baby bok choy, slightly steamed  
  • cooked carrots sticks
  • kale
  • spinach
  • green onions
  • zucchini sticks
  • sauteed tofu
  • sesame seeds
  • bean sprouts
  • sliced jalapenos
  • fresh cilantro
  • lime
  • crushed peanuts
  • fresh basil 
  • Sambal Oelek Chili Paste
  • peanut sauce

Vegan salad bar ideas

salad in jar for vegan party food ideas

Of course, it goes without saying that a vegan food bar idea would be a salad bar. Try turning it up a notch by having your guest create their masterpieces in fun serving dishes such as a mason jar. They can build layers, drizzle dressing, shake, and eat right out of the jar. This would be perfect for an outdoor party.

Vegan salad bar ingredents

  • Chopped raw vegetables
  • A variety of lettuces and greens chopped
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Dried fruit: cranberries, raisins, apricots, apples
  • Whole grains such as cooked wheat berries, farro, or quinoa
  • Cooked beans and legumes
  • Fresh fruit
  • A variety of dressings, olive oil, and kinds of vinegar

Add a few already made salads to the bar with some homemade vegan bread.

Quick & Easy Beer Bread
This easy beer bread recipe has a sweet chewy crust on the outside and a soft, scrumptious yeasty inside, this beer bread is a crowd-pleaser. In just 10 minutes, you can whip up a batch and pop it in the oven, making it a perfect choice for busy schedules or impromptu gatherings.
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beer bread on board
Fuji Apple Salad Recipe
This Fuji Apple Salad Recipe is loaded with fresh, crisp fuji apples, sweet dried cranberries, and crunchy walnuts, then drizzled with a cinnamon honey vinegarette. If you enjoy a fresh, slightly sweet salad loaded with nuts and fruit, then you need to try this best salad recipe.
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Panera's Fuji apple salad copycat in a bowl with fresh apples walnuts and onions on top
Summer Farro Salad
Summer Farro Salad is a delicious and easy salad made with farro, olive oil, lemon juice, zucchini, peas, pesto, and freshly chopped parsley.
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Feral salad in a bowl tossed with a dressing and zucchini and peas with chopped fresh herbs mixed in
Gorgeous Nutty Kale Salad With Honey Almond Dressing
This easy-to-make Kale Salad is bursting with fresh, colorful veggies, fruit, and crunchy seeds, then drizzled with homemade sweet honey and almond butter dressing.
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salad on a white plate with two fork by it
Rainbow Cauliflower Salad
Rainbow Cauliflower Salad is an easy to make beautiful salad that is tossed with homemade fresh Italian dressing. It’s low-carb, gluten-free, and vegan so it’s a perfect fresh salad that all your guest will rave about.
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Cauliflower Salad tossed and a vinaigrette dressing with purple yellow and green cauliflower
Bread Salad
Easy Panzanella Bread Salad is loaded with crusty bread, cherry tomatoes, green olives, capers, fresh basil, then lightly tossed with a dressing of fresh garlic, olive oil, anchovies, and red wine vinegar.
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Red salad in a bowl with fresh tomatoes large crusty bread pieces Capers all dressed in a seasoning dressing

Vegan pasta bar

Pasta on plate for vegan party food bar ideas

If you would like to serve a fresh pasta sauce try my Homemade Spaghetti Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes 

Here are some ideas for items to include on a vegan pasta food bar.

  • Marinara Sauce 
  • A variety of different kinds of pasta
  • Vegan meatballs
  • A variety of olives
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Peas
  • Sauteed onions
  • Sauteed peppers
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • NutrionalYeast
  • Cannellini beans
  • Fresh basil

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Vegan breakfast bar

breakfast pancakes for vegan party food ideas

A breakfast food bar is fun morning, noon, or even late at night. Creating a vegan breakfast bar is very easy and has something on it to make everyone happy.

These are some items that you could include on your menu.

  • Oatmeal with toppings of berries, bananas, nuts, dried fruits, and nut milk. 
  • Coconut milk yogurt parfait topped with diced fresh fruit, shredded coconut, granola, and nuts. 
  • Bagels with vegan cream cheese, sliced onions, sundried tomatoes, sesame and poppy seeds, jellies, and fruits.
  • Pancakes topped with a variety of fruits, syrups, jellies, peanut butter, and nuts. 
  • Biscuit bar filled with jams, jellies, nut butters, and cream gravy made with almond milk. 
Breakfast Cookies
Looking for a way to get the kids to eat breakfast on the go? These Breakfast Cookies will be a hit!
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Breakfast cookies cooling on a wrap with cranberry and pecans coconut and oatmeal showing

Vegan soup bar

vegan soup for vegan party food ideas

This is a wonderful do-ahead vegan food bar idea. You can have several crockpots going with a variety of soups when your guest arrive. Even better, have each of your guests bring their favorite vegan soup in a crockpot and then have a contest for things like most creative, best tasting, or spiciest. 

Be sure and have plenty of crusty bread, and maybe a big bowl of salad to serve with them. 

Rich and Hearty Instant Pot Vegetable Stew
This instant pot vegetable stew is easy to prepare and your Instant Pot has it ready in under 15 minutes. This quick stew is a delicious filling meal packed with plenty of veggies. Best part, the stew recipe is easy on the budget and would be great for a meatless Monday menu. 
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Instant pot vegetable stew in a bowl with a big slice of bread beside it
Roasted Carrot and Chickpea Soup
 Roasted Carrot and Chickpea Soup is a vegan carrot ginger soup with coconut milk to add a touch of sweetness.
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carrot chickpea soup
Fresh Tomato Basil Soup
This fresh tomato basil soup recipe is full of creamy sweet tomato flavor using just-picked tomatoes, onions, basil, marsala wine, a little butter, and cream.  Fresh tomato soup is perfect for an easy lunch, and you can even make a big batch and can it for later!
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tomato soup topped with croutons and parmesan
Mexican Tomato Soup
Make your own delicious fresh Mexican Tomato Soup by cooking together fresh-picked tomatoes, authentic Mexican spices, coconut cream, and then give it a little heat from some jalapenos.
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Mexican tomato soup in a bowl with jalapeno and cilantro on top.

Vegan burger bar

vegan burger for vegan party food ideas

There are so many choices at the grocery now for vegan burgers. You can purchase burgers made from black beans, quinoa, mixed vegetables, and my personal favorite, a big grilled portabella mushroom.

For a vegan food bar precook the burgers and keep them warm in the oven until it is time to serve. You can have a variety of build your own toppings chopped, sliced, and ready to go when your guest arrive. Serve with fries, chips or pasta salad.

  • sliced tomato
  • lettuce and spinach
  • diced mango
  • onions
  • pickles
  • mustard, ketchup and vegan mayo
  • avocado
  • grilled onions
  • hummus
  • bell peppers and jalapenos
  • olives
  • sundried tomatos
  • artichokes
  • grilled eggplant
  • sauteed mushrooms

Vegan sandwich bar

vegan sandwich for vegan party food ideas

A vegan sandwiches bar party is a great way to inexpensively feed a big crowd. For a side, you can add a variety of chips or sliced raw vegetables and Dip to go with them.

Fill your sandwich bar with a variety of bread, such as hoagie, pita, sliced sandwich bread, or any other interesting type of bread your bakery carries. Pre slice and place loaves of bread in baskets covered with towels to keep them from drying out.

Prepare sides and place on a large tray or in bowls.

  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • sliced tomatoes
  • onions
  • variety of pickles
  • avocados
  • cucumber slices
  • vegan cheeses
  • sliced olives
  • pickled jalapenos
  • sliced sweet peppers
  • banana peppers
  • sprouts
  • sliced zucchini 
  • fresh chopped herbs
  • oil & vinegar
  • oregano
  • vegan mayonnaise
  • a variety of mustards
  • vegan ranch or thousand islands dressing 

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