Meatless Monday: 10 Vegetarian Recipes For The Seder Table


Today marks the beginning of Passover, the eight-day Jewish festival commemorating the Jewish people’s exodus from slavery in ancient Egypt.

For those of you not up on your Bible history, this is the Old Testament tale in which God sends Moses to set his people free, along with a bunch of plagues meant to sway the Pharoah to Moses’ viewpoint. He doesn’t, so God kills all the Egyptians’ first-born sons—but passes over the Jewish homes on his slaying spree. Weird holiday (though not one bit weirder than Easter). Yay, spring!

These days, Passover is commemorated with a Seder meal on the first two nights. Traditional Seder meals involve prayer, wine, songs, matzah, vegetables dipped in salt water (Karpas) and horseradish dipped in a nut, fruit and wine mix.

But other foods and dishes are common, as well, from lamb to quinoa. In celebration of Passover—and Meatless Monday—here are 10 vegetarian and vegan recipes for the Seder table (some traditional, some not so much).

1. Passover Pasta Primavera


2. Vegan Passover Kugel
GET THE RECIPE, via Bok Choy Bohemia


3. Shredded Apple Kugel (vegan)


4 & 5. Traditional Apple-Walnut Charoset and California Charoset
Charoset is traditionally served at Seder tables worldwide, yet there are lots of different versions. GET THE RECIPE for this traditional apple-walnut charoset at Epicurious. Or try try California Charoset, with avocado, coconut, bananas, pine nuts and ground matza meal.


6. Roasted Mushroom Quinoa Risotto
GET THE RECIPE, via Shiksa in the Kitchen


7. Matzo Ball Soup with Spring Vegetables (vegan)
GET THE RECIPE, via Veg Kitchen


8. Matzaroni & Cheese

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9. Vegan Rugelach
GET THE RECIPE, via Greenopia


10. Cauliflower Leek Kugel with Almond Herb Crust (vegan)
GET THE RECIPE, via Post Punk Kitchen

11.Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Browned Butter & Walnuts
GET THE RECIPE, via Kosher on a Budget


12. Artichoke Tapenade (vegan)
GET THE RECIPE, via Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

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    • Brian

      Whoever came up with these recipes obviously didn’t realise that most Jews don’t eat tofu or other beans on Passover.

      • Elizabeth

        I don’t think many (if any) of the recipes contain tofu and beans? But, no, I wasn’t aware about tofu. Most of these came from Jewish bloggers specifically billing them as Passover recipes. Of course, all of these recipes have different levels of adherence to traditional Passover customs, as I mentioned in the intro.

    • Maynard S. Clark

      Unfortunately the vegan recipes on this list weren’t suitable for Passover, since they contained tofu or seeds which, for most western Jews, are not permissible on the Passover.

      The solution is 10 VEGAN (not vegetarian) recipes which have been precleared by practicing Jews who are also consistently vegan or vegan-friendly vegetarians.