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15 IDEAS FOR YOUR PERFECT VEGAN PARTY BUFFET

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At birthdays, new year’s eve or a nice summer BBQ picknick, a delicous buffet with salad, snacks, fingerfood and desserts is always a hit. Here you can find lots of ideas for your perfect vegan party buffet, and easy tasty recipes for dishes to bring along to omni buffets. Of course I also have vegetarian and omnivore friends and relatives, but these veggie recipe ideas without eggs and dairy are good for entertaining everyone, not just vegans.

Everything here can be prepared well in advance and is also easy to bring along to a potluck, outdoor picknick or a party at work .

I always suggest making too much food rather than risking running out of it mid-party. Almost all these things are still great the next day or you can freeze them. Or you can make a doggy-bag for your guests. I know most people think they’ll never eat again when rolling home from a buffet feast, but soon they’ll be happy about the tasty snack in the fridge and getting to enjoy the yummy vegan party buffet all over again.

If your buffet is a brunch, you might want to have a look at my blogpost “7 ideas for your perfect vegan brunch buffet” as well.

What should be on your vegan party buffet?

Fingerfood

Satay Skewers

These satay skewers made of soy or seitan with spicy peanut sauce are the perfect fingerfood and my guests always love it. You can prepare them the day before and keep them in the fridge, they are almost better when they are cold.

satay for your vegan party buffet

Pumpkin bruschetta

Crispy roasted baguette, a pinch of garlic, buttery baked Hokkaido pumpkin, sweet and fruity pomegranate tendrils, aromatic basil and a spicy umami sauce are a taste explosion! They are great as hors d’oeuvres. You can find the recipe here.

picture of pumpkin bruschetta

Wraps

If you want your vegan party buffet a bit more interactive, you can also serve a pile of homemade wraps and a hearty filling made of sweet potatoes, black beans and veggie mince with tasty apricot mustard sauce or vegan sour cream and rocket salad. You can also use a butternut curry – cooked a little longer so it becomes a bit thicker- and salad and delicious chutney.

You can make the wraps the day before. I usually produce them in large amounts and freeze them, so I always have some at hand for a quick breakfast or lunch. They just need to be warmed up in a pan and you immediately have a soft warm tortilla to fill with anything.

The sweet potato skillet or the curry can also be prepared in advance and spend the night in the fridge in an airtight container. Then you just warm it up – if you want to – and top it with rocket salad. The sauce only takes 5 minutes to make, but tastes much better cool from the fridge.

For the barbecue

There’s a lot of meat replacements to put on the grill, and they are great, but have you ever grilled green asparagus? And blackberries? Just put the blackberries on skewers and put them on the grill with the asparagus. You can sprinkle some toasted almonds and sea salt over them! Delicious!

grilled asparagus and blackberries

Salad

Sesame noodle salad with smoked tofu

This noodle salad can also be prepared the day before the party, I would only add the red cabbage and parsley last minute. 

picture of Sesame Noodle Salad

Pasta salad with balsamic glaze

Would you like a quick and easy pasta salad with juicy tomatoes, spinach or rocket salad, pine nuts and sweet and sour balsamic glaze? This pasta skillet is ready in 20 minutes, but it’s also delicious cold from the fridge.

quick and easy pasta salad

Potato Salad

Potato apple salad

Especially if you have guest that eat gluten free, this potato salad with apples, lentils, radishes, parsley and aromatic pumpkin seed oil will be a hit. It needs to sit in the fridge for a couple of hours anyway, so you can just prepare it the day before and add the parsley before putting it on your vegan party buffet.

Bread

Pretzel twist baguettes

Homemade bread is always a nice addition to a vegan party buffet, for example these pretzel twist baguettes. They are easy to prepare the day before. You only need to brush the baking soda on and bake them before the guests are coming.

Fluffy pretzel twist baguettes

Sweet potato focaccia

vegan sweet potato focaccia cut in pieces

A tasty and pretty sweet potato focaccia with fresh rosemary and pink pepper is a good idea for a spring buffet, and in the fall you can go for a focaccia with Hokkaido pumpkin, olive oil and the delicious West Asian seasoning Za’atar.

picture of Hokkaido za'atar focaccia

You can prepare it the day before as well, keep it in the fridge and put it in the oven when your guests are coming.

Pizza Twist Bread

Or how about a pizza twist bread with a pretzely crust? You can also prepare that the day before and bake it just before the guests arrive.

vegan pizza pretzel twist bread

Spelt Bagels with hempseeds

Homemade full grain spelt bagels with hemp seeds! So delicious, easy to make and so packed with nutrients.

pile of spelt bagels

Homemade dips like hummus are a perfect match with the bread. There are a lot of recipes and I really like this one. I garnish it with olive oil, pomegranate tendrils and fresh cilantro.

Hummus with pomegranate/ Nina Bolders Food Photography

Cheese

This tasty fermented cashew cheese with herbes de Provence and blueberry powder looks amazing on any cheese platter

blueberry cashew cheese

Soup

If you’d also like to serve something warm, I recommend a pumpkin soup. It’s easy to keep warm and goes well with lots of other things. It’s also gluten free.

Mexican-fusion-suppe

Sweet snacks

Coconut maple bacon muffins

These fluffy muffins with crispy vegan coconut bacon are quick to make and so special!

You can make the muffins, the frosting and the coconut bacon the day before and keep all three in airtight containers in the fridge. They can be put together in 5 minutes before serving.

muffins for your vegan party buffet

Trifles

Easy vegan black forest cake with tasty Italian Maraschino Cherries can be served as trifles, or how about orange tiramisu? These recipes make 4 trifles of 200 ml.

Another recipe that works well here would be my bake fail trifle aka matcha tiramisu, which is a solution in general whenever baking projects go wrong.

Raspberry banana cake with white chocolate

This wonderful raspberry banana cake can also be baked the day before and garnished before serving with for example powdered sugar, white chocolate, almonds and fresh raspberries.

banana raspberry cake

Chocolate cake

How about a supereasy and pretty chocolate cake with chocolate curls and rose petals?

chocolate bomb/ foodporn

Strawberry cake

Nothing says summer like a fluffy vegan naked strawberry cake with refreshing herbs and sweet ripe strawberries on your vegan party buffet!

vegan strawberry cake

Pretzel Bars

I have 3 different tasty pretzel bars to choose from: chocolate pretzel bars, duo pretzel bars and white chocolate raspberry pretzel bars.  You can bake the base the day before and keep it in the fridge in an airtight container. You only need to melt the chocolate and garnish and cut the bars before the party. Put them in the fridge for 10 minutes, ready!

Ice cream

If you have guests that eat gluten free, some popsicles might be a good idea for your vegan party buffet. Would they prefer snickers or matcha?

Vegan Baileys

I guess I don’t have to say much about vegan baileys, right? Meanwhile you can buy it in a bottle, but my guests and I like the homemade one even more. The recipe is here.

vegan baileys/ Nina Bolders Food Photography

Your vegan party buffet is a brunch? Then you’ll find a lot more inspiration in my blogpost “7 ideas for your perfect vegan brunch buffet.

Would you like a few more tips on how to make food look its best? You’ll find them here.

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