Kosher Vegetarian Holiday Side Dishes

Hanukkah unfolds in December, and many Jewish families will gather with family and friends to celebrate. With a growing number of people going vegan and vegetarian, you may need to change your menu to cater to increasingly diverse tastes.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of delicious Jewish vegan and vegetarian side dishes that you can serve during Hanukkah and throughout the rest of the year as well! Let’s take a look at these mouthwatering and delicious kosher recipes.

Vegan Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo ball soup usually contains eggs and chicken, but by using quinoa and matzo meal you can cut out the eggs. Instead of using a chicken broth as a base, use a vegetable broth instead! This makes for a just as delicious vegetarian-friendly version of the traditional dish. You’ll still be able to enjoy a Matzo ball soup and many of the same traditional tastes by using this recipe

Stuffed Tomatoes

Stuffed tomatoes are a popular vegan kosher food, and are simple to make. To start, you’ll hollow out the tomatoes and then pack them with the kosher and vegetarian toppings of your choice. Onions, parsley, rice, and dill are popular and tasty options, and the possibilities of what you can stuff them with are endless! Check out this page to see step by step instructions for preparing these amazing stuffed tomatoes. 


One of the most famous Jewish holiday dishes, latkes are loved by old and young alike. Latkes are made of potatoes, onion, egg, and flour- making for a simple yet delicious dish. These addicting potato pancakes are often served with applesauce and sour cream, and are a must-have for your dinner table for the holidays! Get the recipe here.

Vegetarian Brisket

Brisket works amazingly as both an entrée or a side dish, but it is made out of beef. However, by subbing out meat for jackfruit, you can still put together a delicious brisket. Some guests might even mistake this delicious dish for actual meat! The recipe takes a bit of work but the results are worth it.

Leek and Beet Risotto

Risotto is a tasty side dish, pairs well with many meals, and is easily made kosher. There are tons of vegetarian and vegan risotto recipes out there, but if you’re looking for something a bit more eye-catching- check out this beet and leek risotto. 

Vegan and Vegetarian Dishes Are a Smart Choice for Hanukkah

When putting together food to cook for the holidays, you should keep in mind that some people may be vegan or vegetarian. Many people are adopting a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle for both health and ethical reasons. Fortunately, there are many great vegan and vegetarian dishes you can prepare for Hanukkah. Indeed, even people who eat meat will enjoy many of the above recipes. 

Happy Hanukkah from the Holy Schnitzel team!