Imagine you’re at a lush farm in the country preparing a meal in the kitchen. You’ve collected cucumbers from a vegetable garden. Your skin feels warm from the sun, and you can hear the sounds of your family’s laughter combined with the sounds of nature.
It’s these images—those of a spring season—that inspire my modern, vegan-friendly approach to a traditional Passover meal, which is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish faith and features a ritual meal as the main celebration.
Typically our holiday tables, no matter our faith, are challenging for vegetarian and vegan eaters. With animal foods taking center stage, we may be forced to choose between participating in our beloved holidays or sticking to the values that drew us to a vegetarian diet.
I found myself in this situation four years ago. I was desperate to find recipes that reflected the satisfyingly delicious holiday menu I dreamed about—one filled with mouthwatering, plant-based recipes. I wanted to guarantee my daughter and meat-loving husband came back for savory second helpings.
When I didn’t find one, I created my own.
For Passover, I’m making this creamy cucumber soup, which makes a striking appearance on the table with its lovely pink color.
Chilled Pink Cucumber Soup
Makes 8 cups
Blender or food processor
Individual soup bowls for serving
2 cups raw unsalted cashews, soaked overnight and drained
3 cups peeled, cored and chopped red apples (from about 4 medium apples)
4 1/2 cups peeled and chopped cucumbers (from about 3 medium cucumbers)
2 cups almond milk
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped scallions (white part only)
1 tablespoon sea salt, or more to taste
2 1/2 tablespoons grated raw beets
White pepper to taste
In a blender or food processor:
Place all the soup ingredients and blend until smooth
Garnish and serve:
Serve chilled in individual soup bowls, garnished with your choice of garnishing options.
Author: Kenden Alfond
Editor: Toby Israel
Image: Author’s Own
Recipe shared with permission of Jewish Food Hero. Copyright © 2016 Jewish Food Hero.