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4 Dairy Shavuot Menus


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The count up continues!!  With less than two weeks to go until the holiday of Shavuot we really need to start planning.  I know some people have the custom to eat meat some of the days or some of the meals, but I figure we have enough meat menus on the site, what we are missing is more dairy menus that are nice enough to host company and enjoy as a festive holiday meal.

Here are four menus to take you through the two day holiday, if you live in Israel you get to choose, for the rest of you I got you covered.

Menu 1, first night. 

It is tradition to stay up all night learning on the first night of Shavuot so we really need energy and maybe some caffeine from this meal. I have loaded it up with green tea to begin and end the meal as well as lots of healthy protein to keep you going.  Don’t worry though if you are not staying up, there is not really enough caffeine in these foods to keep you up, sip some Iced Green Tea with Mint for the real caffeine effect.

Beet, Kale and Seaweed Salad

Beet, Kale and Seaweed Salad

Shiitake Mushroom Soup

Kale, Beet and Seaweed Salad with Chinese Green Tea Dressing

Spicy Salmon over Sesame Noodles

Green Tea Ice Cream

Menu 2, Lunch.

For those that stayed awake all night, you probably slept all morning and are just getting up in time for lunch or maybe Brunch is in order.  Start off with something warm and filling and move on to light and sweet.

Apple Buns

Tomato Soup with Eggs In a Hole

Salad with Grapefruit and Goat Cheese

Farro Dried Fruit Garbanzo Salad

Pastrami Gravlax

Apple Buns

Menu 3, Dinner.

By now you should be recovered and have time prepare for a leisurely dinner with the family. How about some fondue? You can transfer a flame to a sterno and just let it burn out.

pesto fondue with polenta

Pesto Fondue with Polenta Cubes and lots of veggies make this a meal.  Serve alongside a Mushroom Salad and Caramel Chomeur or simple dairy cookies for dessert.

Menu 4, Lunch.

For the last meal I will go a bit more traditional for those of you who must have blintzes and cheesecake, this is the menu for you.

pecan pie cheesecake

Walnut Asparagus Puffs

Spinach and Feta Blintzes

Vegetable Fries

Almond Olive Sole

Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Get more ideas for menus and recipes for Shavuot in our full guide, with recipes for all kinds of nachos, blintzes or crepes, brunch menu ideas, Italian menus, Romanian recipes and cheese plates and consider a few more menus:

A Dairy Mexican Menu

An Elegant Dairy Feast

Dairy Indian Menu


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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




2 Responses to 4 Dairy Shavuot Menus

  1. I am very impressed with the Thai Shabbat menu. However the dish must be dairy and/or vegetarian. What about substituting the meat in the wrap with a tofu preparation or a marinated sliced mushroom prep? Do you have any receipes and/or suggestions for these alternatives? I today or by Wednesday as our shul is having a family Shabbat communal meal and I sould like to bring this dish.

    Thank you,

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