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This layered vegetable pate recipe is a fun family friendly appetizer recipe that is perfect for kids to enjoy! Three soft layers of dips – a white bean layer spiced with fresh oregano, a roasted red pepper and feta layer, and a pesto layer come together to make a flavorful appetizer!
a close up of vegetable pate on cutting board with bread beside

This easy vegetarian pate recipe is a great family friendly recipe for when you need a party appetizer or something to take to a family gathering. Its also a great item to have on hand at home with kids who are learning to try new foods.

This pate is made up of three distinct layers – and each layer has its own flavor and texture to explore.

  • The white bean layer is creamy, flavorful with lemon juice, garlic, and oregano.
  • The roasted red pepper layer is gorgeously colored and made with roasted red peppers and feta cheese. It’s simple, flavorful, and not spicy.
  • The pesto layer is like a traditional pesto (lots of basil, pine nuts, and and garlic) but also has a generous helping of ricotta cheese to help give it texture.

They are great by themselves and delicious when tried all together! Invite your kids to explore each layer individually and in combinations! Which do they like best?

three layers of vegetable pate on cutting board

This vegetarian pate is a fantastic recipe. Why, you ask? Well, let me tell you:
1. It’s so easy! The only equipment you need is  a bread pan, a food processor, and a spatula. That’s it!!!
2. It is fast to prepare the night before.
3. It tastes AMAZING! It is light and refreshing and each layer gives it unique character.
4. It makes a perfect appetizer for the whole family!

A close up of a person holding a piece of bread and spreading vegetable pate on with knife

Tips for making vegetable pate kid-friendly:

This is a gorgeous appetizer to serve by itself, or as part of a kid-friendly charcuterie board. The individual layers would also be great served by themselves as dips. These spreads are definitely family friendly recipes, and a perfect way to help your child explore different flavors and ingredients and become an adventurous eater.

To make vegetable pate kid-friendly, its all about presentation and exploration!

Allow your child the freedom to explore this vegetable pate on their own grounds – testing different layers, trying different things with it, etc. The more they can explore and play with it, the more comfortable they will become with it, and the more likely they are to eat some of it!

  • Ask your kids which layer they like best.
  • Talk to them about the textures, smells, and tastes of each layer individually, combined, and with different dippers.

Instead of this being an emotional eating time, try looking at this dish as an analytical experiment. For more information on how to do this, read the article on How to Explore the Sense of Taste with Kids.

What to serve with vegetable pate:

Serve this layered vegetable spread with lots of fun things to dip into it, like:

Learn more about how to spice food for kids.

A piece of food, with Bread and Bean dip

How your kids can help you cook:

This is a great recipe to have your kids help you make!

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you rinse the beans, squeeze lemon juice, measure ingredients, press the garlic cloves, crumble the feta, spread the mixtures.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can help you do all the above, plus help you open cans, chop fresh herbs,  and spread the layers in the pan.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do all the above, chop the red peppers.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.

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three layers of vegetable pate on cutting board

Kid-Friendly Vegetable Pate

This three layer vegetable pate recipe is a fun family friendly appetizer recipe that is perfect for kids to enjoy! Three soft layers of vegetable based dips - a white bean layer spiced with fresh oregano, a roasted red pepper and feta layer, and a pesto layer come together to make a flavorful appetizer!
5 from 7 votes
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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 315kcal
Author: Jenni


White Bean Layer

  • 2 x 15-ounce cans cannellini white kidney beans, rinsed, drained thoroughly
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 2 garlic cloves pressed

Red Pepper Layer

  • 7- ounce jar roasted red bell peppers drained, chopped
  • ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese about 4 ounces

Pesto Layer

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup low-fat ricotta cheese


  • Line your pan with plastic wrap, overlapping sides.
  • White Bean Layer
  • Mash beans in large bowl. Add lemon juice, olive oil, oregano and garlic and blend until smooth.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Spread bean mixture evenly on bottom of prepared pan.
  • Red Pepper Layer
  • Combine peppers and feta in processor and blend until smooth.
  • Spread pepper mixture evenly over bean layer in prepared dish.
  • Pesto Layer
  • Mince garlic in processor. Add basil, parsley and pine nuts and
  • With machine running, gradually add oil through feed tube and process
    until smooth.
  • Mix in ricotta.
  • Spread pesto evenly over red pepper layer.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

To Serve:

  • invert pâté onto serving platter.
  • Peel off plastic wrap from pâté.
  • Garnish with herb sprigs and serve with sourdough bread slices.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 156mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g


  1. Great job on your pate! Oh wow that bread sounds amazing and I'll bet it really did compliment the veggie pate really well. Awesome job on the challenge!

  2. Your pate came out beautifully. And the herbs in the bread are a great touch! Amazing work on this cahllenge!!

  3. Looks great. I love those veggy ones I only didn't do one because I've done them lots of times before

  4. I loved this veggie pate too! Your bread sounds wonderful. I can now say from experience that grinding liver is very unappetizing, so good call there! The results were worth it though, so I do recommend trying the meat/liver pate when your stomach feels up to it!

  5. Jenni – Your veggie pate turned out beautiful and it looks so yummy in the photo spread on the baguette slice. I totally agree that this recipe was a winner – so delicious!

    That said, I answered your question about how I got such perfect and even layers, in my comment section underneath your comment. It was so simple! BTW, when is the baby due???

  6. Your pate looks like a hit! Your bread isn't half shabby either. I don't blame you not wanting to handle meat innards in a pregnancy induced state. I was exactly the same way. Congrats on a successful challenge!

  7. That veggie pate does look really good! I also love your herby bread – I hope I can make herby bread soon!

  8. Great job on this challenge. We thought it was a great appetizer too. Your bread looks delicious.

  9. Both the pate and bread look great! Love your photos.:)

  10. Healing Tomato says:

    I know kids who would just devour this pate and bread. Its the perfect recipe for kids of all ages. Looks very good

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