Shavuot celebrates the harvest season in Israel and the anniversary of the giving of the Ten Commandments to the Israelites. Since it's customary to eat dairy food on Shavuot, most of these quick and easy recipes feature cheese and other dairy products. You'll also find dairy-free options that go well with cheese-accented dishes, for those that prefer to skip (or balance) the dairy.
Updated by Miri Rotkovitz
01 of 09
Spinach Tidbits (Dairy)
Jamie Geller, author of Quick and Kosher Recipes from the Bride Who Knew Nothing, contributed this recipe for Spinach Tidbits. Made with frozen chopped spinach, grated Parmesan, and mini croutons, the savory poppers can be prepared and frozen a week in advance to minimize pre-holiday preparations -- just bake the frozen tidbits for 20 minutes before serving,
02 of 09
If you are looking for an easy Shavuot appetizer or side dish, try these tasty cheese borekas. Preparing the borekas is so easy that your kids can make them all by themselves. Simply thaw puff pastry dough, fill with cheese and bake. For fun variations, add pizza sauce and/or olives.
03 of 09
It only takes about 10 minutes to assemble this beautiful salad of heirloom tomatoes, baby arugula, and goat cheese, dressed in a homemade basil vinaigrette. If you can't find heirloom tomatoes, cherry, grape, or beefsteak varieties work, too. Just be sure to choose ripe, fragrant tomatoes.
04 of 09
This Indian-Spiced Salmon recipe is a snap to put together on busy nights -- it takes just a few minutes to prepare, and about 15 minutes to cook. The deliciously complex spice blend known as garam masala -- an Indian blend that usually includes coriander, cumin, pepper, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom -- does most of the work for you, adding nuanced flavor that belies the recipe's simple preparation. Yogurt-based sauces, such as raita or tzatziki, make a wonderful complement to the fish, and... are a great way to add a little dairy tie-in for the holiday.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Though it takes about 45 minutes to bake, using prepared frozen blintzes means you'll only need about 10 minutes of hands-on prep time to assemble this crowd-pleasing Blintz Souffle. Giora Shimoni's recipe calls for cheese blintzes, but you can also use fruit-filled blintzes, or a mix. (Alternate fruit and cheese blintzes in the baking dish so diners will get a little of each flavor when you cut the souffle.)
06 of 09
Deep-Dish Mushroom Pie (Parve)
Dairy might be a tradition on Shavuot, but it's not requisite. If you're serving vegans or folks who are lactose-intolerant or dairy-allergic, this Deep Dish Mushroom Pie can work as an appetizer, side dish, or light entree.
07 of 09
Baked pasta dishes like lasagna are a Shavuot standby for many, since they can be made in advance and tends to be crowd pleasers. This Spinach Lasagna recipe is designed to generously feed 2 to 4 for occasions when you're not entertaining, and don't want lots of leftovers. But the quantities are easily doubled if you're expecting company, and the prep is quick and easy, thanks to the use of no-boil noodles.
08 of 09
Get your kids in on the holiday prep action, and let them prepare these Oreo Truffles for Shavuot. Made with just crushed cookies, cream cheese, and melted chocolate, these no-bake treats keep well in the freezer. Younger chefs can even dip them in powdered sugar instead of melted chocolate, and they're sure to feel very proud when they carry these truffles to the holiday table.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Though it was originally created for Passover, this decadent Milk Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is a great, fuss-free alternative for those who want a change from the predictable Shavuot cheesecake. This recipe uses cream, milk, cocoa, and sugar, and tastes a whole lot like chocolate ice cream. The tapioca-like texture of the plumped seeds adds a fun textural element. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings if you really want to take it over the top.