Summer Shabbos Lunch Menus and Recipes

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With the extended hours of daylight, Shabbos is long during the summer months. Inviting guests for Shabbat lunch is a nice way to spend the day. Given the warm weather, you can serve dishes that aren't hot and heavy. Your guests may have different dietary constraints and tastes, so you'll want to prepare a variety of dishes. Since you don't want to spend too many hours in the kitchen during the summer, these menu ideas feature recipes that are easy, quick, and can be made ahead fo time.

Challah With Various Salads

Egg salad, tuna fish salad, and hummus make a tasty and light lunch, especially when served with homemade challah. The salads can all be made well in advance and the challah baked in the morning, prior to lunch. If you are pressed for time, all of these items can be bought at a local store. For a more elegant lunch, just empty the store-bought packages into serving bowls, slice some challah, and lunch is ready.

Hearty Salads

Preparing a variety of salads adds color to the table and a light, summery touch to your meal. Morrocan carrot salad or crunchy red cabbage salad bring lots of flavor and color to your lunch. They are tasty on their own or go well with any grilled protein or leftover roasted chicken from Friday night dinner. Another way to use that chicken is to cut it up, add it to a salad of lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, and any other veggies you have. Toss the salad with a honey balsamic or creamy garlic dressing and you've made a healthy, easy, and tasty lunch.

Quick Meat Pie

A simple meat pie is easy enough to prepare for your kids and works well for feeding a crowd. Simply saute onions, brown ground beef, mix in frozen vegetables and marinara sauce, and then bake the pie in puff pastry dough. It is the perfect dish to serve for Shabbos lunch when you have invited a crowd.

It can be prepared ahead of time and or can be fun to make together. If there is any meat pie leftover after Saturday lunch, it makes tasty leftovers.

Grilled Boneless Chicken Thighs

Boneless chicken thighs (called pargiot in Hebrew) are a tender, moist cut of chicken that holds up well to a flavorful marinade and a quick grill. They are just as tasty hot off the grill as they are cooled, so you can make them at lunchtime or prior to lunch. Pair them with any summer salad or slaw and chop up any leftovers for a grilled chicken salad.

Tofu Rice Stir-Fry

If you have vegetarian guests for Shabbos, tofu rice stir-fry is the perfect dish to serve. With tofu, egg, rice, and vegetables, it's super easy and packed with protein. Like many stir-fry recipes, there are a few steps to the recipe, but they don't require much work. Making a stir-fry is very quick. Prepare all of your ingredients ahead of time, because once you get cooking, it's a super fast process. If you use frozen vegetables rather than fresh, then you'll have less to chop.

Dessert Tortes

Sweet dessert tortes are a delicious way to end the meal and show off the seasonal summer fruit. A  plum torte or apple torte looks impressive but only takes 10 to 15 minutes to prepare.

They are a perfect ending to a festive summer Shabbos meal. If you don't have plums or apples, swap the fruit with any fresh, seasonal fruit. Try doubling the recipe and making two, each with a different fruit.