5 (3-Ingredient) Apps That Almost Everyone at the Party Can Eat

updated May 1, 2019
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When you’re gathering friends for a party, there’s bound to be concern about making food that everyone can eat. You may have a gluten-free guest, someone who is vegan, or maybe both, along with that friend who eats absolutely everything — so how do you please the whole gang? These appetizers are a good start. They all cover almost every dietary restriction while still managing to be so tasty that those without any will love them just the same.

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Nutritional yeast gives these roasted chickpeas that cheesy, nutty Cheetos-like flavor without all the cheese. They’re vegan-friendly, but they are so tasty that you don’t have to be vegan to find yourself snacking on them by the handful.

If you have a bag of frozen edamame in your freezer, you have all you need to make this crunchy appetizer that almost anyone with a dietary restriction can eat. While seasoning them with salt and pepper is simple and tasty, feel free to experiment with other spices like chili powder or truffle salt.

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Stir Greek yogurt together with the zest and juice of a lime and a little ground cumin and you have a dip that took all of 60 seconds to assemble. While not vegan, when served with just raw vegetables, it’s vegetarian and gluten-free.

Popcorn is one of those appetizers that’s unexpected, because no one really thinks of it as an appetizer, but it’s a natural crowd-pleaser and infinitely adaptable. It’s also gluten-free and vegan. Here it’s tossed with za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice blend that adds a fragrant, nutty element to the kernels.

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Sure, you can buy olives that are already marinated, but it’s so easy to do it yourself that once you’ve tried it I guarantee you’ll never go back. Plus, guests are always impressed when you pull out your own marinated olives. Adding a smashed clove of garlic to the marinade does make this a four-ingredient app, but it makes it so much more tasty that I think it’s worth it.