Passover seders are steeped in rich, vibrant traditions that include reading aloud from the Haggadah and searching for the afikomen. When it comes to the main meal at a Passover seder, most revolve around a meat-centered dish, such as brisket. Because Passover dictates that no leavened bread can be eaten, meat is often the go-to centerpiece, especially since common vegetarian dishes like pasta are out of the question. But rest assured, there are plenty of vegetarian Passover recipes that are both kosher for Passover and meat-free. The key is to choose meatless Passover meals that have innovative vegetable combinations and feature an array of spices.
Although Passover centers on strong traditions, Jewish families can and often do decide how they want to conduct their seders. But no matter how you choose to conduct your seder, one thing you can count on is that there are always people around the table who anxiously await the main meal. If you have vegetarians attending your seder, there is a wide range of tasty and kosher dishes you can prepare for Passover. Whether you opt for one of the bright and fresh salads on the following list, or one of the hearty grilled vegetable dishes, you can feel confident that everyone around your Passover dinner table will enjoy their meal.
Cheesy Baked Spinach and Feta Casserole
Ready in just 30 minutes, this casserole recipe is the perfect way to use up the boxes of matzo you bought in bulk for the holiday. The ricotta and feta cheese filling mixed with spinach and scallions will have your vegetarian guests asking for the recipe.
Warm Roasted Cauliflower and Spinach Salad
This salad gets its brightness from pomegranate seeds, a palpable heartiness from charred cauliflower, and a delectable freshness from spinach. And you can choose to skip the lentils if your family doesn't eat them on Passover.
Skillet Eggs With Mustard Greens and Hollandaise
If you're not opposed to eggs for dinner, these skillet eggs are actually quite hearty and filling. Plus, cooking them in a large skillet means that there's easily enough for people to get seconds. To make vegetarian and kosher, skip the bacon.
Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad
Instead of lettuce, choose shredded Brussels sprouts as the base of your salad. Toasted hazelnuts, pecorino shards, and dried cranberries make this a satisfying side dish for your seder.
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Ricotta- and Goat Cheese-Stuffed Zucchini
These cheesy zucchini bites are seasoned with mint and lemon zest for a fresh, bright flavor. You can easily double or triple this recipe depending on the size of your seder.
Tomato and Cucumber Salad With Avocado Ranch Dressing
For a basic yet impressive side dish, try this tomato and cucumber salad that combines champagne vinegar, buttermilk, and avocado to form an upscale ranch dressing you can drizzle over the fresh veggies and herbs.
Pear & Walnut Salad
This salad is bursting with different flavors and textures, setting it apart from your run-of-the-mill lunch salad. Thanks to the chopped walnuts, sliced fennel, and crisp Bartlett pear, this will be a salad you're sure to remember.
Get the Pear & Walnut Salad recipe.
Lasagna-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash is another great unleavened alternative for your Passover seder. Broccoli florets offer added nutritional value to this grain-free lasagna that promises to delight even the pickiest of eaters.
For a sweet but vegetable-based side, roast these multicolored carrots that are seasoned with honey, fresh ginger, and chives. Not only do they taste great, but they also look professional without the hassle — ready to eat in just 20 minutes!
Get the Honey-Glazed Carrots recipe.
Stewed Peppers and Tomatoes With Eggs
Eight large eggs make this skillet meal a generous side for your vegetarian guests. Swap the toasted bread out for matzo to dip in the stewed peppers and tomatoes.
Red Citrus Salad With Berries, Pears, and Pomegranates
If you are craving a sweet side for your Passover meal, try this elevated fruit salad with blood oranges, raspberries, pears, and pomegranates. Greek yogurt and honey mean it could also make for a delectable, healthy dessert.
This recipe brings a whole new meaning to ratatouille — and salads, for that matter. Filled with all of your favorite vegetables, from eggplant to zucchini, this dish can be easily made Passover-friendly by swapping out toasted sourdough for crunchy matzo.
Get the Ratatouille Salad recipe.
Mustardy Potato Salad With Watercress
Spice up your basic potato salad with this 30-minute recipe. Whole-grain and Dijon mustard, plus watercress, dill, and chives, make this salad a fun twist on the classic.
Coriander Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Elizabeth Berry (she/her) is the Updates Editor at the Good Housekeeping Institute where she optimizes lifestyle content across verticals. Prior to this role, she was an Editorial Assistant for Woman’s Day where she covered everything from gift guides to recipes. She also has experience fact checking commerce articles and holds a B.A. in English and Italian Studies from Connecticut College.
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