35 Vegetarian Recipes for Friday Night Dinner

Enjoy a hearty, vegetable-forward dinner all year.

I know that when most people think of Friday night dinner what comes to mind is pretty traditional menu: challah, salad, a roast chicken, some potatoes or kugel and maybe some brownies or cookies to sweeten the end. It’s a solid dinner — no complaints. But I love making a big vegetable-forward, dairy dinner for Friday night from time to time as well. Not to mention, and I hope you’re sitting down for this one: not everyone eats meat. So we wanted to put together lots of vegetarian, Shabbat-friendly recipes to aid your menu planning. Many of these recipes can be prepared ahead of time and are ideal for family-style eating.

Challah, Breads and Dips

Summer Pesto and Gruyere Challah

Pull-Apart Challah with Guava and Cheese

Vegan Challah

Kubaneh with Grated Tomato Dip

Everything Bagel Hummus from Hungry by Nature

Asian Pea Hummus

Sweet Potato Hummus

Vegan Chopped Liver with Mushrooms and Miso

Baba Ganoush


Soups and starters

Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Soup

Vegetarian Yemenite Soup

Non-Dairy Creamy Asparagus Soup

Caramelized Onion and Butternut Squash Soup from Rachel Kor

Turkish Lentil Soup from The Little Ferraro Kitchen

Cuban Knishes with Plantains

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Israeli Salad with Chickpeas, Feta and Mint

Spinach, Strawberry and Quinoa Salad

Lemony Kale, Chickpea and Avocado Salad from The Kitchen Girl

Classic Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing and Challah Croutons

Arugula Sweet Potato Salad

Main Dishes

Cauliflower Tomato Bake with Basil and Parmesan

Farfalle with Cauliflower in Garlic Lemon Sauce from Kosher By Gloria

Israeli Couscous-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Spaghetti Squash Gratin from Martha Stewart

Vegetarian Moussaka from Family Friends Food

Tomatoes Stuffed with Bulgur, Raisins and Pine Nuts from Ronnie Fein

Zucchini “Meat” Balls from The Kosher Tomato

Roasted Butternut Squash Galette

Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage

Savory Cheese and Spinach Kugel


Pumpkin Swiss Chard Mac and Cheese from Kveller.com

Enchilada Zucchini Boats from B. Britnell

Keep on Noshing

Kanafeh Cheesecake Recipe

A decadent Middle Eastern-inspired cheesecake.

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Snag some delicious harissa, and then spread it on everything.

Spiced Lamb and Hummus Stuffed Arepas Recipe

Traditional Colombian arepas get a spiced Middle Eastern-inspired filling.