This is how it works isn't it: as soon as Purim is over we all start planning (stressing over) our menus for Passover. After indulging in hamantashen and other treats during Purim the last thing I want to do is think about food. I can make an exception for salads because they are my go-to for passover and are currently a main feature of my post-purim cleanse!
Pesach (Passover) is probably my favorite holiday to cook for; despite all of the restrictions it a great learning experience because it forces you to transform basic ingredients into meals worthy of the holiday. These 15 salads are kosher for pesach and are a nice way to balance some of the heavier seder meals, or to serve at lunch with leftover fish or meat from the night before.
1. Chopped Broccoli Salad: This salad is creamy without being overly indulgent, because avocado is substituted for the traditional mayo-based dressing.
2. Shaved Mustard Green Salad: Mustard Greens are high in nutrition and pack a punch when it comes to taste. This salad is simple and refreshing.
4. Bella Topped Salad with Balsamic Reduction: Portobello mushrooms are the star of this salad. As a popular substitute for meat, portobello mushrooms are known for their hearty flavors which make this salad satisfying, but never heavy.
5. Balsamic Cucumber and Carrot Ribbon Salad: The ribbons of vegetables look beautiful on the plate, and taste even better. This salad is less work than it looks, all you need is a vegetable peeler to cut the veggies into ribbons.
6. Waldorf Salad: The famous Waldorf Salad is actually quite simple to make! A satisfying salad of butter lettuce, walnuts and grapes would pair perfectly with most meals. The blue cheese in the recipe is optional, giving this salad an added degree of versatility.
7. Fennel and Cucumber Salad: I'm dreaming of serving this salad for lunch with a zesty, beautifully prepared fish. The fennel is crunchy yet sweet, and pairs well with the minty dressing.
8. Avocado Salad: Think of this salad as guacamole with more texture. Try adding mango and serving it alongside a beef entree.
9. Passover Avocado Egg Salad: All it takes is some creative plating and this salad is a winner in my book. This is great for yom tov lunch, boil the eggs before the holiday and you'll have a delicious salad ready in a minute.
10. Creamy Kale Salad with Capers and Hazelnuts: I'm a little behind when it comes to the kale trend. I never thought I would be a fan of it, but it's amazing how soft and creamy kale becomes when you massage a little dressing into it.
11. Tropical Slaw: Pineapples and mangos liven up a traditional slaw. It would pair well with fish, especially tilapia or sea bass.
12. Cabbage, Fennel, Radish and Orange Salad: While salads are naturally refreshing, I find that citrus dressings really pack a punch and wake up the senses. The bright flavors of the cabbage and radish are complemented by the mild fennel and sweet orange.
13. Pomegranate Salad with Berry Vinaigrette: It's no surprise that I dream about being in Israel during Passover. The pomegranate seeds brings a bit of the holy land to my plate, alongside the Caribbean flavors of jicama and mango.
14. Red Cabbage Salad: The striking colors of this salad will brighten up your table and draw in hungry guests. It pairs well with your choice of white fish or a citrus-flavored chicken dish.
15. Fennel Orange Salad: This salad is gorgeous enough to serve at any holiday meal, but easy enough to prep ahead.
Check out more ideas for Passover here.