The Shiksa’s Passover Potluck is a unique annual online event. I’ve invited my friends, both Jewish and non-Jewish, to share recipes that are kosher for Passover. My goals are simple– to foster mutual understanding between different cultures, to introduce you to my foodie friends, and to share yummy recipes and cooking ideas for Passover! To learn more about the Passover holiday, click here. To learn about what makes a recipe kosher for Passover, click here. To check out the other Passover Potluck recipes, click here.
Today’s Passover Potluck recipe comes from Ann at Cooking Healthy for Me. Ann and I are what I like to call “blogging buddies”… meaning I’ve never actually met her in person! I’ve followed Ann’s blog for over a year now, so I feel like I know her pretty well, even if we’ve never met face-to-face. Ann is a blogger with a mission– to get healthy! Writing her blog helped her to stay on track as she changed her eating habits, and she’s become quite good at putting together simple, tasty, healthy dishes. I always enjoy reading her blog– her fun, positive outlook on life shines through in each post.
This is a pretty, colorful, dairy appetizer that also happens to be Passover friendly. After the Seder, I always host a few Passover-week meals for family and friends who are in town. If you’re like me, these meals tend to be lighter and easier– after all that brisket and matzo, I’m up for simple entrees and brighter flavors. I usually stick to vegetarian food; if the weather’s nice, I might throw a fish on the grill. This would be a great starter for one of those mid-week spring meals. I also think it’s a perfect warm weather appetizer for the summer months! Leave it to Ann to share an easy, tasty, and healthy option that is always a crowd pleaser. ~ Tori
Chag Pesach Sameach – Wishing you a happy Passover! Many thanks to Tori for inviting me to this delicious and delightful Passover potluck. As a gentile with a Jewish son – I am delighted! My son converted to Judaism when he married my daughter-in-law. I have enjoyed many Shabbat dinners with my daughter-in-law and her extended family. What a wonderful meal steeped in tradition and love. My daughter-in-law is a pastry chef and comes from a long line of talented cooks. Between her and Tori, I knew I wanted to come up with something that was really tasty for the Passover Potluck!
My name is Ann….I’m the foodie at Cooking Healthy For Me! My doctor mandated that I start living healthy and I knew I had to change my eating habits. Blogging gave me a sense of accountability that I needed. Now, I blog because I love it and enjoy making healthy, tasty dishes!
Part of the fun of any get together is the company, so I wanted this to be kosher AND easy. I think I have just the appetizer for you! I was lucky enough to live in Sicily for 3 years back in the 90’s, and enjoying a caprese salad before a large gathering was always in fashion. It’s so delicious; you have to keep reminding yourself that there are more dishes to follow.
I’ve taken care of that for you with this caprese served in wee tasting glasses. Just enough to whet your appetite for the other dishes to follow!
- 8 oz. mozzarella pearls (small mozzarella rounds)
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 4 oz. small black olives, cut in half
- 1 scallion, finely chopped
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 2 large basil leaves, cut chiffonade, plus some small whole leaves for garnish
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp cider vinegar
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- Assemble your ingredients.
- Mix the mozzarella pearls, tomatoes and olives in a large bowl, set aside.
- In another smaller bowl, add the scallions, garlic, chopped basil, salt and vinegar, mix together.
- Add the olive oil and whisk together till well combined.
- Add to the tomato mozzarella mixture and toss.
- This can be served immediately or marinated for up to 24 hours. Serve in mini tasting glasses garnished with whole basil leaves.