Passover is an important holiday in the Jewish faith, lasting eight days and commemorating the freedom of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The first day of Passover begins with the Seder feast, which can easily be made vegan.
Many vegans who celebrate Passover use a flower on the ritual Seder plate—to symbolize spring and life—instead of the traditional egg. Using an egg from a chicken who spent her short existence squeezed inside a tiny crowded cage is no way to celebrate life! And in place of the customary shank bone, many Jews use a beet, as allowed in the Talmud.
Here’s how to replace the animal foods often found on the Passover table with delicious, healthful, and humane dishes:
How to Set a Vegan Seder Plate
This is traditionally a mixture of chopped nuts, apples, honey, spices, and wine. Check out our delicious, honey-free version.
Red beet is permitted on the Seder plate in lieu of a lamb shank.
The Torah commands that “bitter herbs” be eaten. Romaine lettuce, horseradish, and celery all suffice as bitter herbs.
You can substitute an egg with an avocado, a flower, or a white eggplant (without the stem).
Any green will do, but spring parsley is a popular choice. Dip the green in saltwater or vinegar (depending on your tradition) before consuming.
The Haggadah also calls for four cups of wine to be consumed over the course of the Passover Seder ceremony. Look for a vegan wine that’s marked with a P, which means that it’s Kosher for Passover. The popular Manischewitz brand is also kosher and vegan-friendly.
Traditional Passover Recipes
Matzah Ball Soup
Rainbow Israeli Salad
Chopped “Liver” Spread
Other Recipe Ideas
Creamy Pesto Quinoa
Matzah Meal Pancakes
Chocolate Matzah Brittle
Click here to learn more about having a vegan Passover, and download a vegan Haggadah here. Shabbat shalom and Happy Passover!