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The Shabbos lunch menu must feature make-ahead dishes that can withstand the oven-to-fridge-to-hot-plate-to-table cycle with leftovers returning right back to that revolving refrigerator door. Follows are a few of my secrets to Shabbos lunch success.

First thing’s first, the first course. I sometimes serve a bang it out starter akin to the last supper. You’d think that I think that we’re never gonna eat again. But I feel the first course is the most Shabbos lunch-friendly and when done right allows to you to satiate the hungry humans around your table and simplify the main – which by all accounts is certainly the trickier of the two.

The Fish Course

Some elegant and creative non-traditional ways to feast on fish.

the fish course

Tuna Tartar with Honey Sesame Wonton Crisps

Smoked Salmon Salad

Salmon Pasta Salad with Dill

Gefilte Fish Cakes with Horseradish Sauce

Signature Dish

Everyone should have one.  (Not really a rule, but it's cool if you do).  A side of salmon surrounded by seared lemons and tomato salad served on a nice big beautiful platter is my Shabbos lunch signature dish.

Honey Baked Salmon

Serve Persimmon Salsa alongside my Honey Baked Salmon or go for a pretty multicolored heirloom or grape tomato salad dressed simply in olive oil, lemon juice and S + P.

Sweet, Savory, Satisfying Salads and Slaws

You can decide to serve these salads and slaws as part of your super-sized starter course or sprinkled in with your main. Either way, salads are a safe staple for Shabbos lunch.



Salad Stuffed Grilled Portobellos

Potato Salad with Arugula and Tomato

California Roll Salad

Curried Cauliflower Salad


I am the cabbage queen always looking for fun and fancy ways to savor slaw.


Coleslaw with Crispy Tofu

Crunchy Cabbage Salad

Tropical Slaw

It’s All About the Crock-Pot Baby

There is always my Hubby’s famous Family Heirloom Chulent. It was so cool when my/his recipe was published in the New York Times.

Or when you want something a little lighter try my somewhat Sephardi chicken cholent. 

Or try something new in that slow cooker – Beer Braised Brisket. I sometimes go half beer and half beef broth.

Beer Braised Brisket

Room Temp is Your Friend

There are plenty of dishes that need not be served steaming. Chicken breast cutlets at room temp are far better than dried out, rubbery, warm chicken.  Green beans also work both hot and cold and at every temp in between.  Additionally, protein spiked salads and some starchy sides don't require hot plate space.  Serve the following dishes in their Shabbos day finest form, at room temperature.

Chicken Recipes

chicken for shabbat

Chicken and Veggie Skewers

Teriyaki Chicken

Oven-Baked Chicken Fingers with a Duo of Dipping Sauces

Peach BBQ Sauce Chicken

Main Salads

main salads

Spicy Thai Beef Salad

Mandarin Spinach Salad

Asian Chicken Salad

Pesto Pasta with Chicken

Chilled Chicken Noodle Salad

Starchy Sides

starchy sides

Thai Pesto Noodles

Spiced Brown Rice with Peas

Pineapple Fried Rice

Green Bean Sides

green bean sides1

Green Bean and Three Onion Saute

French String Beans with Slivered Almonds

Cider Glazed Vegetables


Noodle kugles can be made ahead and re-heat really nicely. And now you'll actually have room for them on your hot plate.


Sweet Kugel with Dried Fruit

Salt and Pepper Kugel with Roasted Garlic

Salt and Pepper Kugel

Spinach Noodle Kugel

Sandwich Bar

Serve savory “sandwiches” as bites.

turkey sandwich

Cut this Turkey Sandwich with Pickled Red Onions in half and cut each half in half again for the tea sandwich version of this classic.

Deli Roll Pinwheels with Chopped Salad

Love this re-make of the deli roll.

Tropical Chicken Burrito

I say serve this Tropical Chicken Burrito for Shabbos just cause it’s unexpected and fun. Put some Mexican spices in your chulent and plate with shredded lettuce and diced tomato salad topped with corn and avocado.

Have the bestest most delicious, most happy, most ful(l)filling Shabbos! Oh, and don’t forgot to share and share alike. Let us know in the comments below what you serve for Shabbos day.

make ahead shabbat lunch ideas