One of the greatest (and most restrictive) Jewish food holidays is nearly here: Passover. Luckily, as a vegan, I have some practice with dietary restrictions. I also think that being vegan is one of the best ways to celebrate Passover (it's a holiday about freeing those who are enslaved, and animals held captive for food are by far the world's most enslaved population). So, for me, being vegan on Passover and brining some of these vegan Passover recipes to a seder is a no-brainer, a continuation of my Jewish ideals. That said, things can get a little complicated.
For those who don't know, on Passover, Jews refrain from eating "chametz:" anything that contains barley, wheat, rye, oats, and spelt. Many Ashkenazi Jews also don't eat something called "kinyot" — corn, rice, peanuts, and legumes, based on the logic that they are also used to make bread, and may have other grains mixed in. That said, eliminating kinyot has mercifully fallen out of "style;" in 2016, the Conservative movement "ruled" that those foods were indeed kosher for Passover, meaning that most Jews will feel fine about eating kinyot now. It's up to you, but for the purposes of this article, I'm going to include recipes with kinyot ingredients, but avoid chametz. Got it? Oy vey!
I promise, this will be fun. Vegan recipes are actually pretty perfectly suited to keeping kosher in general (no need to worry about mixing meat and dairy!) so if you have religious family, you can feel assured that bringing a vegan dish is a solid move this Passover. Here are 23 vegan Passover recipe ideas for 2017. May we end slavery in all forms.
Dark Chocolate Coconut Banana Matzah Brie
Sure, it's more like dessert, but what would Passover be without some matzah brie for breakfast? This recipe by What Jew Wanna Eat will make you the hero of any kids in your family, that's for sure.
Apple Pie Date Bars
Basically homemade Larabars, this recipe by Minimalist Baker is kind of like haroset in breakfast form.
Masala Spiced Tofu Scramble
If you're more of a brunch person, this recipe by Minimalist Baker is kosher for Passover — and totally filling and delicious (you even have some bitter greens in there for holiday spirit).
Arugula Pistachio Pesto
Chickpea Shawarma Dip
Lot's O Matzo Ball Soup
It's Passover, which means you're going to need a vegan recipe for matzo ball soup. This recipe by Fo Reals Life is classic, and won't let you down.
Matzo & Herb-Stuffed Tomatoes
A great appetizer by What Jew Wanna Eat, this dish is kind of like kosher-for-Passover bruschetta.
Thai Spring Rolls With Cashew Dipping Sauce
If you have a more modern seder, this Minimalist Baker recipe would be a much tastier way to dip your bitter herbs — first in saltwater, then in cashew dipping sauce.
Apple Beet Haroset
Whether you spell it haroset or charoset, as far as I'm concerned, eating this classic Passover side is the best part of the meal. This recipe by What Jew Wanna Eat includes beets, making the already-vegan dish even more unique (just sub honey for maple syrup or coconut nectar).
Sephardic-Style Haroset Bites
If Sephardic haroset is more your style, these date-based balls by May I Have That Recipe would also make a great breakfast, snack, or dessert.
White Bean Kale Salad With Tahini Dressing
This salad by Minimalist Baker works in both bitter greens and tahini as a nod to the Promised Land.
Braised Fennel, Apricots & Figs
How pretty is this May I Have That Recipe dish? A beautiful mix of veggies, this dish would make a great addition to the Passover spread.
Spinach Matzo Pie
If you're worried about a vegan main dish, this pie by Fat Free Vegan Kitchen is hearty enough to fill everyone up.
Another beautiful main option, this gratin by Minimalist Baker is totally vegan — and totally kosher for Passover.
Raw Carrot Orange Lemon Cake
Finally, onto the only thing that matters — dessert! This Connoisseurus Veg recipe is great for even your most health-conscious Aunt, and is totally kosher for Passover since it's grain-free.
Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons
Everyone knows Passover means macaroons. This recipe by Minimalist Baker is my go-to quick dessert to bring to a potluck — they never fail. If you're really in a rush, you can even skip the chocolate step, and they'll still be great.
These kosher for Passover vegan truffles by What Jew Wanna Eat will definitely make you the hero of the kids' table.
A beautiful dessert you can make the night ahead, this recipe by Minimalist Baker is totally delicious, easy, vegan, and kosher for Passover.
It's all about that chocolate covered matzo bark — and this recipe by What Jew Wanna Eat easily teaches you how to make your own with vegan dark chocolate.
Raw Vegan Brownies
These vegan raw brownies by Minimalist Baker are perfect for the gluten-free among the crowd. (Actually, most of these dessert recipes are.)
Matzo Puppy Chow
If you're not worried about peanuts on Passover, just use vegan butter or margarine for this What Jew Wanna Eat recipe.
Dark Chocolate Golden Milk Macaroons
If you want to make some truly unique macaroons, these Minimalist Baker beauties will impress the whole mishpacha without actually being much work.
No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake
Happy Passover! If you'd like to find out more about how veganism aligns with Jewish values, check out Jewish Veg — they've got you covered.