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Dairy Free Cauliflower Kugel for Passover

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Dairy Free Broccoli Kugel for Passover is a 4 ingredient, one bowl recipe. Also, it is simple to make, vegetarian, and delicious!

Cauliflower kugel in a white deep oval serving dish on a white wood background

Dairy Free Cauliflower Kugel for Passover is perfect for a quick light meal or side any time during the holiday.

In fact, it can be eaten even on the day of the seder as there is no matzo or matzo meal in it! …and it is parve (no dairy, no meat).

A little of my cooking background

I really wanted to title this blog “If I can make it, anyone can”, because – honestly – if I can make it, anyone can.

I never really liked cooking and when I was single, a meal for me meant grilled cheese, eggs, tuna, or something else that didn’t require effort or time.

When my kids were young, I was still able to get away with preparing only a small variety of easy meals, but the older they got, the more dishes I learned to make at their request.

Still, I insisted on keeping it simple.

Honestly, I never understood why some cooks unnecessarily complicate meals. I have seen recipes that have several ingredients that don’t really seem to add much, if anything, to the dish. So, why bother?

It has always been important to me that whoever eats at my table will have plenty to enjoy and that includes my kids (I never agreed with the “You will eat what is served or you won’t eat” ideology) and, because I keep it simple, I can prepare a variety of dishes in a relatively short period of time.

I have a philosophy regarding being a great cook: Prepare food according to the tastes of those who will be eating it and they will love your cooking!

As far as I am concerned, start with the basic ingredients that make the dish what it is, adapt according to taste, and voila! you are an amazing cook!

The bottom line is that while there are certainly delicate recipes out there for specialty dishes, making delicious meals doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. It’s not difficult to impress – just make sure it tastes good.

While some of the recipes on my blog are more time-consuming than others, they are all tried and true easy-shmeezy!

Of course, one always has to consider the conditions under which they cook. Weather (humidity, heat, cold), different types of ovens, different quality of pots, etc. – all of which can affect your cooking and baking.

Nevertheless, as I said, if I can do it, anyone can!

Food on Passover

Torah observant Jews do not eat chametz (the fermented products of five grains: wheat, spelt, barley, oats and rye).

In addition, Torah observant Ashkenazi Jews do not eat kitniyot (or kitniyos as pronunced in Ashkenazi Hebrew). These include: legumes, corn, rice, and similar that were deemed forbidden to eat by rabbis in the medieval period and are still not eaten today. Sephardi and Mizrachi Jews do not follow this tradition.

Many ovservant Ashkenazi Jews will not even eat the derivatives of these kitniyot, while others do (each family holds their own traditions regarding this).

Then, there are Ashkenazim who don’t eat “gebrochts”.

Gebrochts means “broken” in Yiddish – and in this case refers to matza that has absorbed liquid. Not eating gebrochts is observed by many in the Hasidic Jewish community and Ashkenazim who have taken on this tradition where they basically don’t mix anything wet with matza.

So, things like matzo sandwhiches, fried matzo, and even matzo balls are a no-no for them.

There is a joke that sums it all up:

On Passover, we should remember people who have little to eat on this holiday. They are called Ashkenazim.

Over the years, I have learned to adapt “normal” food for passover so that my family won’t complain about boring, tasteless, or repetitive meals.

I find that having good food and variety makes the week of Passover a very pleasant experience and I hope this recipe will help make yours just that!

A Little About Cauliflower

Cauliflower belongs to a group called “cole” crops, which also includes broccoli, Brussels spouts, cabbage, kale, and collard greens.

It is believed that cauliflower may have originated in Cyprus.

Cauliflower can be prepared deep fried, roasted, boiled, steamed, breaded, and in a variety of other ways. It contains a variety of nutrients, is high in fiber, and low in calories.

Yield: 9 pieces

Dairy Free Cauliflower Kugel for Passover

Cauliflower kugel in a white deep oval serving dish on a white wood background

Delicious dairy free and vegetarian Broccoli Kugel for Passover

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 4 cups frozen chopped cauliflower (or fresh chopped cauliflower, steamed), kosher for Passover
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons onion soup mix, kosher for Passover
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise, kosher for Passover


  1. Mix caulfiower, eggs, onion soup mix, and mayonnaise in a bowl.
  2. Pour into a baking pan (any shape as long as it fits with a little room on top).
  3. Place in oven that has been pre-heated to 350° and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the top has begun to brown a bit and is firm.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 458mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

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