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The 9 Best Vegan Passover Recipes

Keeping kosher—and staying vegan—has never been tastier.

Passover—the one evening a year Jews get to bust out the Haggadah and Seder-specific plates for a three-hour meal that traditionally requires all participants drink four glasses of kosher wine. Whether you’re the host, a guest, or the guest of a guest, veganizing your seder meal is surprisingly easy thanks to rabbi-approved swaps—roasted beets can be used in place of lamb shanks, and a small boiled potato or avocado is a convincing stand-in for a hard-boiled egg. But to really wow your omnivorous family, in-laws, and friends, try your hand at veganizing kosher, leaven-free classics like gefilte fish, and matzoh ball soup—or make lasagna out of matzah. Happy Passover!

1. Vegan Gefilte "Fish"

Chances are your bubbe ate the real thing back in the day. Honor her and the animals by serving this chickpea and mirepoix version from The V Word on a bed of red cabbage.

 

2. Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Any leftover parsley from your Seder meal can be put to good use in Julie Hasson’s herbaceous, plant-forward recipe for Mediterranean Stuffed Cabbage Rolls.

 

3. Roasted Horseradish Cauliflower

Is there anything Follow Your Heart can’t do? We’ll try to come up with something while we nosh on their easy-to-make, colossal Roasted Horseradish Cauliflower.

 

4. Matzoh Ball Soup

This traditional dish has been passed down through the generations and is a staple at family Passover meals, but this easily veganized version by Isa Chandra Moskowitz is sure to be the new family favorite, starting a new tradition of cruelty-free eating.

 

5. Vegan Potato Kugel

This healthier twist on the classic egg noodle dish is not only lighter fare, but also equally delicious. Spiralized potatoes take the place of the noodles in this recipe—centering vegetables as the foundation of this dish.

 

6. Vegan Matzoh with Cashew Cream Cheese

Guests who are especially lazy and don’t want to risk ruining bubbe’s best dish can slap some cashew cream cheese on some matzohs and top with dill for a snack that will satisfy guests feeling peckish after that fourth glass.

 

7. Vegan Charoset

Sticky sweet dates and meaty walnuts rolled in coconut make up these gooey dessert rolls. Easy to assemble and impossible to stop eating, all of your guests will quickly fall in love with these simple desserts.

 

8. Vegan Savory Matzoh Brei

VEGAN SAVORY MATZAH BREI & if I eat one more piece of matzah I'm gonna turn into a cardboard box but Happy Passover! 💚🌿 Recipe below... #vegan #greensandfries #plantbased #passover 💚🌿 Ingredients: 3 Trader Joe's Frozen HASHBROWN patties 1 cup sautéed mushrooms 1 tomato chopped 2 whole wheat matzah broken into pieces 1/2 cup veggie broth 1 handful fresh spinach Salt & Pepper Smoked Paprika Garlic Powder Cumin Shredded @fieldroast Vegan Chao Cheese (optional) Directions: 1. Add potatoes, mushrooms, & tomato to a pan and sauté on medium high until potatoes are crispy. 2. Add Matzah Pieces & veggie broth and mix well 3. Cover and cook on medium low for 5 minutes. 4. Add spinach and cover again 5. Add seasonings and vegan cheese and cover again. 6. Eat before hubby comes home because this is so good you'll need 2 servings all to yourself! 🙈❤️

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Traditionally made with matzoh and eggs, this plant-based version swaps in potatoes, vegan cheese, mushrooms, spinach, and tomato for an even more satisfying version of its traditional counterpart.

 

9. Vegan Matzoh Lasagna

Italian Jews (look it up), rejoice! You can make your bubbe and your nonna proud with this vegan, kosher, and unleavened take on the Italian classic featuring textured vegetable protein bolognese, tofu ricotta, and of course, matzoh.

VegNews’ Editorial Assistants Nora Kovaleski and Sarah McLaughlin are eager to try matzoh with creamy herbed Miyoko's cheese. 

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