Easy Shavuot Recipes for Busy Cooks

Quick Kosher Dairy Recipes

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.  

  • 01 of 06

    Cheese Bourekas

    Easy Cheese Bourekas
    Cheese Bourekas.

    The Spruce / Miri Rotkovitz

    If you are looking for an easy Shavuot appetizer or side dish, try these tasty cheese bourekas. Preparing the bourekas 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.

  • 02 of 06

    Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula

    Heirloom Tomato, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad
    Heirloom Tomato, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad.

    The Spruce / Miri Rotkovitz

    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. 

  • 03 of 06

    Indian-Spiced Salmon (Pareve)

    Indian Spiced Salmon
    Indian Spiced Salmon.

    The Spruce / Miri Rotkovitz

    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. 

  • 04 of 06

    Spinach, Feta, and Mushroom Pie

    Spinach, Feta, and Mushroom Pie
    Spinach, Feta, and Mushroom Pie.

    The Spruce / Miri Rotkovitz

    Inspired by the Greek spinach and feta pie known as Spanakopita, this savory Spinach, Feta, & Mushroom Pie features an easy-to-make olive oil-based crust instead of phyllo layers. It works as an appetizer, side dish, or light entree. 

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  • 05 of 06

    Blintz Souffle

    Blintz Souffle
    Blintz Souffle.

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    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 06

    Spinach Lasagna

    Perfect spinach lasagna recipe

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    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.