10 Vegan Food Bar Ideas
Looking for vegan party food ideas? Check out these 10 vegan food bar ideas, they are perfect for easy and fun entertaining while keeping it healthy for you and your guests.
What can a vegan eat at a party?
- Fruits and vegetables
- Legumes such as peas, beans, and lentils
- Nuts and seeds
- Bread, rice, and pasta
- Dairy alternatives such as soymilk, coconut milk, and almond milk
Fun popular snacks that are vegan
- Ritz Crackers
- Original and Bar-B-Q Fritos
- Original Pillsbury Crescents
- SuperPretzel Soft Pretzels
- Wheat Thins
- Kettle Brand Potato Chips
- Keebler Original Club Crackers
- Snyder’s Pretzel Sticks in Oat Bran and Pumpernickel & Onion
What can I serve a vegan at my party?
If you have a mixed crowd of vegans and nonvegans, you will be preparing. Then it is best to choose recipes that do not combine meat and dairy with your other ingredients. Prepare meat dishes that can be used as add-ins to the main dish, like tacos, baked potato bar, or sandwiches. Have options for a meat substitute for vegans such as beans.
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
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.
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.
Vegan baked potato bar
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
- sauteed onions
- vegan cheeses
- fresh onions
- cashews, pumpkin seeds, or sliced almonds
- lemon slices for juice
- nutritional yeast
- steamed broccoli
- vegan chili
- diced tomatoes
- sauteed mushrooms
- cilantro basil and other fresh herbs
Vegan pizza bar
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
- all variety of peppers
- a variety of olives
- sauteed Brussel sprouts
- cooked cubed potatoes
Pho noodle bowl bar
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
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
- mushroom slices
- steamed broccoli
- baby bok choy, slightly steamed
- cooked carrots sticks
- green onions
- zucchini sticks
- sauteed tofu
- sesame seeds
- bean sprouts
- sliced jalapenos
- fresh cilantro
- crushed peanuts
- fresh basil
- Sambal Oelek Chili Paste
- peanut sauce
Vegan salad bar 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.
Vegan pasta bar
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
- Sauteed onions
- Sauteed peppers
- Sundried tomatoes
- Cannellini beans
- Fresh basil
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Vegan breakfast bar
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.
Vegan soup bar
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.
Vegan burger bar
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
- mustard, ketchup and vegan mayo
- grilled onions
- bell peppers and jalapenos
- sundried tomatos
- grilled eggplant
- sauteed mushrooms
Vegan sandwich bar
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 try my Vegan Spinach 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.
- sliced tomatoes
- variety of pickles
- cucumber slices
- vegan cheeses
- sliced olives
- pickled jalapenos
- sliced sweet peppers
- banana peppers
- sliced zucchini
- fresh chopped herbs
- oil & vinegar
- vegan mayonnaise
- a variety of mustards
- vegan ranch or thousand islands dressing
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