Fill Up Your Passover Plate With These 35 Easy Recipes
During Passover, those who celebrate can count on enjoying homemade matzo ball soup, sweet charoset, and all of the other foods that are traditionally enjoyed at a Seder — the holiday ritual that includes a meal, prayers, readings, and traditions. But once the main festivities have commenced, finding Passover recipes free from leavened bread or other ingredients restricted during this holiday can be challenging.
ICYDK, people who celebrate Passover avoid food that has leavened (like bread). Wheat, barley, rye, oats, and spelt are avoided during the eight days of observance. And for Ashkenazi Jews, or Jewish people of central and eastern European descent, legumes, beans, rice, corn, peas, and seeds may also be avoided, depending on how the individual practices their faith.
If you're gearing up for Passover and don't want to live off of matzo and butter for the entire holiday, we rounded up 35 Passover recipes — including appetizers, sides, mains, and desserts — for you to enjoy while you're commemorating the Israelites' exodus from Egypt. Each recipe is free from " no-no" ingredients during Passover, easy to re-create, and absolutely delicious. No matter what you're craving during Passover, there's a recipe here for you.
Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Arugula Salad
A simple salad of shredded Brussels sprouts and arugula is an easy way to get some greens on the table — but goes beyond your basic iceberg. Plus, the lack of croutons makes this recipe Passover friendly.
Get the recipe: Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Arugula Salad
Asparagus soup plays on the flavors of the season, allowing you to celebrate spring as well as Passover. This creamy soup is made with potatoes and Greek yogurt for some extra heartiness. Just skip the bacon if your Passover (or general) diet calls for avoiding this pork product.
Get the recipe: Asparagus Soup
Salmon gravlax can take several days to cure, but not halibut gravlax, which only requires one day. Serve it as a Passover appetizer with matzo, cream cheese, and dill fronds.
Get the recipe: Halibut Gravlax
You won't believe how rich and hearty this mushroom dip is. It works well with pita chips or any other kind of crispy dipper. But during Passover, lean on matzo or veggies as your vessel of choice.
Get the recipe: Mushroom Dip
Creamy Cauliflower Bisque
This dairy-free cauliflower bisque is incredibly rich, creamy, and comforting, making it an ideal Passover recipe for your supper. Loaded with fiber and vitamins, it can help boost your immune function as well as support healthy digestion.
Get the recipe: Creamy Cauliflower Bisque
Matzo Toppings From Around the World
This creative Passover recipe is for open-face matzah sandwiches inspired by the flavors of Italy, France, Thailand, and Mexico. Topped with fig and brie, curry and coconut milk, or avocado and egg, there's something here for every craving.
Get the recipe: Matzo Toppings From Around the World
Butternut Squash Soup
This veggie-packed soup can be made ahead of time and is freezable for a super easy Passover meal. To make this soup, either an immersion blender or a high-powered blender will work well.
Get the recipe: Butternut Squash Soup
Sweet Potato Crackers
Matzo is a Passover classic, but in case you want something else to nosh on when snack time arrives, these flour-free sweet potato crackers are a great alternative. Use them as a scoop for dips or eat them alone.
Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Crackers
Steamed Carrots With Olive Oil and Lemon
Perfectly steamed carrots with olive oil and lemon make an ideal spring side dish and Passover recipe, especially alongside a meaty main course.
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Spicy Sweet Potato Salad
This spicy sweet potato salad is a great go-to side dish for all the Jewish holidays. It's light and bright and offers a welcome punch of spice to any traditional Passover plate.
Get the recipe: Spicy Sweet Potato Salad
Roasted Root Vegetables
Cozy roasted root vegetables hit the spot during Passover or any time they're available. Serve this Passover recipe with a hearty protein for a stick-to-your-ribs meal that's packed with nutrients and flavor.
Get the recipe: Roasted Root Vegetables
Easy Tomato Salad
Made with heaps of fresh tomatoes, onion, basil, olive oil, and balsamic glaze, this healthy Passover side is easy to make and free from any ingredients that must be avoided during the holiday.
Get the recipe: Easy Tomato Salad
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Since rice is off the table for many people during Passover, cauliflower rice can be a safe stand-in for the classic grain. This cauliflower fried rice hits the spot when you want to enjoy the flavors of fried rice, but you're going rice-free during the holiday.
Get the recipe: Cauliflower Fried Rice
Marinated Eggplant Salad With Tomatoes and Basil
Turn fried eggplant into a salad with this creative Passover recipe. Fresh basil adds rich flavor to marinated eggplant, and tomatoes give it a juicy punch.
Get the recipe: Marinated Eggplant Salad With Tomatoes and Basil
Grilled Chicken Fajita Salad
Even though you can't enjoy tortillas during Passover, you can still include a fajita-flavored dish during the holiday time. This salad is made with avocado, chicken, tomatoes, and other classic fajita ingredients. If your holiday observance habits include avoiding corn, be sure to skip that ingredient when you're making this Passover recipe at home.
Get the recipe: Grilled Chicken Fajita Salad
Vegan Portobello Pizzas
If you start to crave pizza during Passover, try these vegan portobello pizzas to get your fix without the flour. While they don't taste exactly like a classic slice, they are a nice Passover-friendly solution for when you're unable to hit up your local pizza joint. And since these are made with tomatoes, mushrooms, and fresh basil, you will be getting a boost of nutrients when you enjoy these, too.
Get the recipe: Vegan Portobello Pizzas
Tomato Gefilte Fish
Serve gefilte fish in a whole new way with this tomato gefilte fish recipe. This pepper-tomato sauce will give the fish flavor like you've never had before. Bonus? You can serve this Passover recipe hot or cold.
Get the recipe: Tomato Gefilte Fish
Boneless Short Ribs
Looking for the perfect melt-in-your-mouth meat to serve for Passover dinner? This recipe will have you drooling until next year.
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Baked Oniony Chicken
This family-friendly baked oniony chicken has sweet, rich onion flavors and hearty chicken meat. Enjoy it with a side salad or mashed potatoes.
Get the recipe: Baked Oniony Chicken
Sun Dried Tomato And Sweet Potato Crust Quiche
Using sweet potato as a quiche crust is a perfect solution for Passover brunch. Whip this up if you're hosting overnight guests during this holiday for a morning dish that's easy to serve.
Get the recipe: Sun Dried Tomato and Sweet Potato Crust Quiche
Salmon with Vegetables and Feta
The saltiness of the feta combined with the classic flavor of salmon makes for a seafood dish that's packed with flavor and perfect as a Passover recipe. Not to mention, it looks gorgeous when it's being served.
Get the recipe: Salmon with Vegetables and Feta
Ground Beef and Potatoes
The classic combo of ground beef and potatoes is perfect for a quick, satisfying Passover meal — because after prepping for two Seders, you'll probably be looking for anything that's easy.
Get the recipe: Ground Beef and Potatoes
Coconut Cream Chicken
A dairy-free creamy chicken dish is a decadent option all year long. And thankfully, it is totally Passover-friendly. Serve this chicken with some cauliflower rice or a baked potato and steamed carrots for a well-rounded and nutritious meal.
Get the recipe: Coconut Cream Chicken
This pasta-free lasagna made with eggplant and cheese feeds a crowd and is a simple Passover recipe to make. Be sure to roast the eggplant in the oven prior to layering it into the lasagna to avoid having soggy bites.
Get the recipe: Roasted Eggplant Lasagna
Flourless Chocolate Cake
A traditional flourless chocolate cake is a must for Passover when leavened flour is prohibited. This one uses almond flour to give it just the right rich texture.
Get the recipe: Flourless Chocolate Cake
Almond Lemon Cookies
For a sweet ending, bake a batch of almond lemon cookies, a crunchy alternative to a traditional macaroon. These cookies are loaded with protein and heart-healthy fats, thanks to the almonds inside.
Get the recipe: Almond Lemon Cookies
Almond and Coconut Macaroons
Passover macaroons are tasty cookies that are easy to make, are fairly low in sugar, and contain ample protein and fiber. These almond and coconut macaroons offer a nuttier flavor and even crunchier texture.
Get the recipe: Almond and Coconut Macaroons
Flourless Chocolate Microwave Mug Cake
Mug cakes are super handy when you're cooking for one or two, and this flourless chocolate microwave mug cake is the perfect Passover recipe option. After dinner, this will hit the spot.
Get the recipe: Flourless Chocolate Microwave Mug Cake
Chocolate-Covered Almond Matzo Toffee
You might think of matzo as somewhat flavorless — until now. Your family will tear through a platter of this chocolate-covered almond matzo toffee in no time, and become a favorite Passover recipe for years to come.
Get the recipe: Chocolate-Covered Almond Matzo Toffee
Coconut macaroons are a classic Passover dessert. Whip up a batch and add kosher chocolate chips, if you'd like.
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Matzo Almond Fruit Crumble
Mini Flourless Chocolate Cake
Most flourless chocolate cake recipes are loaded with butter, sugar, and more butter — but not this perfectly portioned mini flourless chocolate cake. Made with dark chocolate, banana, and sweet potato, you'll be surprised how good this fruit- and vegetable-packed dessert tastes.
Get the recipe: Flourless Chocolate Cake