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 bringing 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 anything that contains barley, wheat, rye, oats, and spelt. Many Ashkenazi Jews also don't eat something called "chametz:" , based on the logic that they are also used to make bread, and may have other grains mixed in. That said, eliminating "kinyot" — corn, rice, peanuts, and legumes 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 29 vegan Passover recipe ideas for 2020.
1 Dark Chocolate Coconut Banana Matzah Brei
Sure, it's more like dessert, but what would Passover be without some matzah brei for breakfast? This recipe by
What Jew Wanna Eat will make you the hero of any kids in your family, that's for sure. 2 Apple Pie Date Bars Darius Dzinnik/500Px Plus/Getty Images
Basically homemade Larabars, this recipe by
Minimalist Baker is kind of like haroset in breakfast form. 3 Masala Spiced Tofu Scramble The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images
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). 5 Chickpea Shawarma Dip
If you have some Israelis in your family (or just want to nod to Middle Eastern food) this dip by
Minimalist Baker is a great option for those not worried about . kinyot 6 Lot's O Matzo Ball Soup Lisa J. Goodman/Moment Mobile/Getty Images
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. 7 Matzo & Herb-Stuffed Tomatoes The Picture Pantry/Alloy/Getty Images
A great appetizer by
What Jew Wanna Eat, this dish is kind of like kosher-for-Passover bruschetta. 8 Thai Spring Rolls With Cashew Dipping Sauce Nattaya Chanvithee/Moment/Getty Images
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.
9 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). 10 Sephardic-Style Haroset Bites
haroset is more your style, these date-based balls by May I Have That Recipe would also make a great breakfast, snack, or dessert. 11 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. 12 Braised Fennel, Apricots & Figs Marielle, Bruno/Foodcollection/Getty Images
May I Have That Recipe dish isn't just delicious to eat, but it's also great to look at. A beautiful mix of veggies, this dish would make a great addition to the Passover spread. 13 Spinach Matzo Pie Romulo Yanes CR/Conde Nast Collection/Getty Images
If you're worried about a vegan main dish, this pie by
Fat Free Vegan Kitchen is hearty enough to fill everyone up. 14 Zucchini Gratin """Viel, Pierre Louis"""/Foodcollection/Getty Images
Another beautiful main option, this gratin by
Minimalist Baker is totally vegan — and totally kosher for Passover. 15 Raw Carrot Orange Lemon Cake Westend61/Westend61/Getty Images
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. 16 Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons LauriPatterson/E+/Getty Images
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.
17 Chocolate Truffles Georgijevic/E+/Getty Images
These kosher for Passover vegan truffles by
What Jew Wanna Eat will definitely make you the hero of the kids' table. 18 Lemon Curd Ryan Ball/Moment/Getty Images
A beautiful dessert you can make the night ahead, this recipe by
Minimalist Baker is totally delicious, easy, vegan, and kosher for Passover. 19 Matazah Bark Tracey Kusiewicz/Foodie Photography/Moment/Getty Images
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. 20 Raw Vegan Brownies Jennifer A Smith/Moment/Getty Images
These vegan raw brownies by
Minimalist Baker are perfect for the gluten-free among the crowd. (Actually, most of these dessert recipes are). 22 Dark Chocolate Golden Milk Macaroons KristianSeptimiusKrogh/E+/Getty Images
If you want to make some truly unique macaroons, these
Minimalist Baker beauties will impress the whole mishpacha without actually being much work. 23 No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake annick vanderschelden photography/Moment Open/Getty Images 24 Spinach Potato Nest Bites
If you're going for a lighter appetizer rather than a heavier meal, these spinach potato nest bites from
May I Have That Recipe? will be all you need. Each one of these beauties is perfectly sized and shaped for every person at your dinner table. 25 Vegan Orange Sorbet Diana Miller/Cultura/Getty Images
This'll make for the perfect light and refreshing dessert for your Passover meal. This vegan orange sorbet
from Tori Avey is not only delicious but also super easy to make. Win-win! 26 Vegan Cabbage Rolls In Tomato Sauce Bill Boch/Photodisc/Getty Images
A simple but tasty
and healthy meal, the Minimalist Vegan's vegan cabbage rolls are sure to steal the show at your Passover Seder. The ingredients are super easy to find and only take less than an hour to throw together. 27 Matzah Lasagna Justin Paget/DigitalVision/Getty Images
Want to switch it up with some lasagna at Seder? This Matzah Lasagna
from Jamie Geller is not only vegan, but it's kosher and super healthy, so you get to check all the boxes all while chowing down on some pasta. 28 Potato Kugel Cups
This recipe by
VegAnnie doesn't use eggs, but it has all the flavor of a regular potato kugel without the use of as much oil or fat. These also taste super similar to hash browns, so that's just a plus in my book. 29 Vegan Gefilte Fish Lisa J. Goodman/Moment Mobile/Getty Images
Jewish Vegetarian Society has a great recipe for vegan gefilte fish that'll fill you up and leave a great taste in your mouth. The recipe uses cauliflower, parsnip, onions, and spices to mimic that fish flavor.
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.
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This article was originally published on
March 27, 2017