Passover is on the horizon, and I feel that this is a good time to start planning a vegan holiday table. What better way to start than by making some simple changes to the traditional Seder Plate?
As you may know, the Seder Plate displays six items which represent the journey of the ancient Israelites from slavery to freedom. There are only two items which need to be substituted on the Seder Plate to make it vegan: the Z’roa and the Beitzah which represent sacrificial offerings.
Here’s a vegan version of the Seder Plate…
Karpas: Use parsley to signify the new life of spring.
Charoset: Use this sweet mixture of nuts and apples to represent the mortar used by the Israelites in their slavery as builders.
Maror: Use horseradish to symbolize the bitterness of slavery.
Chazeret: Use romaine lettuce or other bitter herbs to further symbolize the bitterness of slavery.
Z’roa: Use a roasted beet instead of the traditional shank-bone to represent the sacrificial lamb offered up in the Temple in Jerusalem.
Beitzah: Use a boiled potato or avocado instead of the traditional egg to represent this symbol of mourning and festival sacrifice offered in the Temple in Jerusalem.
I feel that veganizing the Seder Plate is one significant way to symbolize freedom for all sentient beings which is at the core of this traditional Jewish holiday. Stay tuned because I will be testing out recipes for vegan matzoh balls and vegan matzoh ball soup….my favorite recipe to be provided soon!