Passover Menu Ideas

Passover: a time for gathering, retelling our story, and worrying about what we will eat. But we worry in vain! Every year, we make it through this holiday without pizza, pasta, and the array of breads we are accustomed to. Here are some menu ideas to help you plan, get inspired, and focus on the widespread produce, meats, and dairy items that are kosher for passover. These recipes incorporate freshness, springtime, and are what I envision when thinking about Passover meals with friends and family. As we begin our spring cleaning and welcome the warm weather, let us also enjoy some inspiring flavors. I hope you enjoy!

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Seder, Yom Tov, and Weekday Recipes

Including new salad recipes, meat, chicken and vegetarian mains, and side dishes to enjoy and impress your guests

Citrus & Butternut Squash Kale Salad

In this salad, I use two types of orange for flavor and color. Cara Cara oranges have a pinkish red flesh and are mildly sweet. If you can find them, they work perfectly here. If you can’t get them at your store, use the freshest, in-season oranges you can find. The roasted butternut squash adds sweetness and a hint of spice to the bold kale and tangy citrus creating rounded flavors in this fresh, light salad.

Perfect Braised Brisket

Cooking a perfect brisket doesn’t have to involve many steps and ingredients. Sometimes, the simpler, the better, which is definitely the case with this brisket. The braising method and simple ingredients heightens the flavor of the meat and creates a super tender brisket – and lots of sauce yummmm!

Whole Chicken with Rosemary & Potatoes

A simple, fresh, gourmet roasted chicken with two types of potatoes. Rosemary, lemon, salt & pepper, are all you need for a flavorful chicken and gravy.

Steak Au Poivre With Rosemary

Steak au poivre, or pepper crusted steak is my go-to at an elegant steak house. The steak is coated with large, coarsely ground black peppercorns. With this recipe, I recreated my favorite steak dish with an added favorite flavor – rosemary. Together, the black pepper and rosemary create a delicious and flavorful crust — all you need is a glass of wine to feel like you’re dining out at the finest restaurant.

Almond & Thyme Crumb Chicken in White Wine Sauce

Moist and delicious crumbed chicken with broccoli. These chicken thighs are crumbed with a gluten free coating of almond flour and spices. Adding the broccoli provides a vegetable side dish in the same pot as the chicken – or you can use your favorite vegetable!

Moroccan Chicken

Deep flavors, like that of a Moroccan tomato or carrot salad infuse this chicken dish. I used rainbow carrots for extra pops of color, but you can use regular carrots too. The combination of the tomatoes, spices, and spicy pepper creates a perfect sauce to compliment the chicken.


Sweet & Sour Eggplant

A sweet and sour vegetarian Indian dish comprised of eggplant, peppers, and potatoes. Try this delicious dish as a veggie main or side dish.

Rosemary Potatoes

Easy and flavorful roasted potatoes with fresh rosemary. There are so many delicious ways to prepare roasted potatoes. On holidays, I like to enhance mine by using fresh herbs instead of just spices.

Roasted Veggies

Round up all your vegetables for this super easy, healthy, full of flavor side dish. Because it’s so simple to make a big batch, it’s usually on my rotation when hosting gatherings. Even when I’m not entertaining, I often like to roast a couple of trays in the beginning of the week to pair with proteins for dinners during the week.

Rainbow Beets

This side dish is everything all together: delicious, beautiful, healthy, and easy! Just peel and cut the beets, add the 3 ingredients, and roast. As you toss and add to a serving plate, watch the beets’ colors merge to create stunning reds, oranges, and yellows. 

Char Roasted Broccoli with Lemon

Roasted broccoli goes well with practically any meal!

Chocolate Lava Cake

Moist, chocolatey, gluten free chocolate cake made with simple ingredients.

Dairy & Snacks

Spinach & Zucchini Frittata

Maybe frittatas were invented for Passover. Okay maybe not, but there is something about frittatas that are just perfect. They can serve as both a protein filled main, or an addition to a meal. Great during breakfast, lunch or dinner; wonderful served immediately or straight from the fridge in the middle of the night. Scrumptious seasonal vegetables, or any leftover will spruce up what would have been just ordinary eggs. Frittatas are also great for a crowd, and can be made ahead.

Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Super moist, flavorful, healthy banana chocolate chip muffins that you will want to eat over and over.

Not only is this a one bowl, no mixer recipe – it’s gluten, sugar, and dairy free. Almond flour replaces wheat flour for extra protein, making these perfect for breakfast or on the go during your busy day.

Crunchy Jicama Fries

Jicama is naturally crunchy, and retains its crispness even when baked. Try these marvelously delicious baked “fries” as a healthy side, snack, or as an alternative to French fries.

Other Snack Ideas

Hard boiled eggs

Avocado “toast” on matzah with cherry tomatoes

Assorted cheese & crackers

Cut up veggies with dressing

Yogurt with honey and sliced cucumbers


More Ideas

Turn leftovers and ordinary staples into some interesting meals. Perfect for lunches and weekday trips.

Chicken Salad

Perfect for lunch with matzah, crackers or in lettuce wraps!

Tuna Cakes

Turn canned tuna into flavorful fish cakes – a delicious appetizer or served with salad for a lunch or dinner.

La Salade

A yummy, filling, every day salad: easy to grab ingredients, brightly colored, packs a crunch, includes avocado, and is a crowd pleaser.

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