This vegetarian mezze platter is a unique, delicious, and impressive appetizer! There is something for everybody on this tray.
It might be the dietitian in me, but I love appetizers that let vegetables shine. Not only do they look beautiful, vegetables help fill you up with fiber before the main meal, so you don’t overeat!
If you prefer pigs in a blanket to carrot sticks at a party, don’t fret! There are many ways to incorporate produce into appetizers that are much more exciting than celery and dip.
How to make vegetable appetizers appealing
Pair vegetables with protein and/or healthy fat. Some examples are: cucumber with smoked salmon and cream cheese, jicama sticks with guacamole and salsa, and tomato, mozzarella, and basil skewers.
Serve different textured vegetables. Include an array of raw, cooked, and pickled options.
Pair vegetables with a delicious dip. Hummus is one of my favorites, but I also love tzatziki and baba ghanoush.
Do something unexpected. I used Dr. Praeger’s Pure Plant Protein Super Greens Veggie Nuggets on this vegetarian mezze platter. These little bites contain veggies like spinach and kale. Each serving has 9 grams of high quality plant based protein! They taste DELICIOUS dipped in hummus.
How to make a vegetarian mezze platter
Mezze platters are totally customizable, which is one of the reasons I love them. ‘Mezze’ means sharing in Arabic, so that is the most important part! Here is how to make your own vegetarian mezze platter at home:
Roast two vegetables. I used eggplant and zucchini.
Choose two raw vegetables, and cut them into dipping sizes if needed. I used baby tomatoes and cucumber.
Add some savory elements. These can be olives, pickles, artichokes, or pickled vegetables. Dr. Praeger’s Super Greens Veggie Nuggets are great in this category, too.
Add some cheese and a delicious dip. I love mini balls of mozzarella cheese and hummus!
Assemble everything in sections on a large board or sheet pan.