Here’s an easy vegan Hanukkah menu featuring a light Middle Eastern-themed meal to accompany your latkes, and a pair of chocolate desserts to choose from. Hanukkah doesn’t have as wide an array of symbolic dishes as other Jewish holidays, but its most typical are fried foods—notably the aforementioned latkes (though this site’s recipe offers a baked version), as well as donuts.
As far as food goes, Hanukkah, as we know, is really all about the latkes — in our case, vegan latkes. I never think of them as part of a meal, but the meal itself (not a very balanced one, to be sure).
In keeping with the spirit of the holiday, I thought a Middle Eastern-themed meal would be quite appropriate. It’s light fare that’s served at room temperature. Everything other than the latkes can be made ahead; the latkes are made just before or just as you’d like to serve them.
An easy vegan Hanukkah menu
Israeli Salad with Pearl Couscous
Homemade Hummus, 12 Easy & Delicious Ways
No-Bake Chocolate-Dipped Figs
or Cocoa-Date Energy Balls
Vegan Latkes for Hanukkah, Baked or Fried: The secret to how these easy vegan latkes (potato pancakes) hold together is using cooked oatmeal or quinoa flakes instead of the traditional eggs.
Israeli Salad with Pearl Couscous: Adding pearl couscous (also known, fittingly, as Israeli couscous) to classic Israeli salad makes it more substantial.
Homemade Hummus, 12 Easy & Delicious Ways: Everyone loves hummus — or at least, everyone I know! Here’s an easy homemade hummus recipe, with 12 tasty variations.
Baba Ghanouj: An eggplant lover’s delight, this classic Middle Eastern dip, is delicious scooped up on wedges of pita or other flatbread.
Chocolate-Dipped Figs: Let’s dispense with the fried donuts, shall we, and opt for something simpler, lighter and chocolate-y, shall we? There are few desserts that are more sensuous than chocolate-dipped figs, according to Ilene Godofsky Moreno, who created this recipe. They take almost no time to make and need no baking.
Cocoa-Date Energy Balls: If you can’t find fresh figs, surely dried dates are easier to come by. They provide an appealing texture and sweetness to a truffle-like vegan treat.
See more Jewish Vegan recipes on this site.