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Bring Light to Your Hanukkah Table with Festive Fare

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Eight days every year, Jews around the world celebrate oil. They give thanks that centuries ago, a bit—only a day's worth!—of that unctuous substance lasted long enough to keep a sacred lantern lit for a week and some change. In the spirit of this miracle, we light candles and fry foods on Hanukkah.

The Festival of Lights is not the festival of light fare: Its two most central foods are fried potatoes and fried dough. While latkes and sufganiyot are the crispy golden stars of many a Hanukkah meal, those two dishes don't have to be the only focus. Instead, surround them with a similarly vibrant dishes. Brighten your plate with winter vegetable slaws, colorful plant-based sides, or show-stopping brisket. Here, we've gathered enough recipes to lighten your table for each of the eight nights.

Begin with Brilliant Salads

Farro, Golden Beet, and Feta Salad with​ ​Pecans and Chive-Sage Dressing
Farro, Golden Beet, and Feta Salad with​ ​Pecans and Chive-Sage Dressing
Shaved Fennel and Apple Salad with Sultanas, Mint, and Almonds

Shaved Fennel and Apple Salad with Sultanas, Mint, and Al... by gingerroot

Roasted and Raw Broccoli Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing

Roasted and Raw Broccoli Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing by Samantha Weiss Hills

Blood Orange Salad with Olives
Blood Orange Salad with Olives

Try vibrant vegetables

Pakora Fried Onion Rings with Kefir-Cucumber Raita

Pakora Fried Onion Rings with Kefir-Cucumber Raita by Kate Weiner

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pears and Pistachios

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pears and Pistachios by Bevi

Carrots and Fennel Braised with Orange Zest and Honey

Carrots and Fennel Braised with Orange Zest and Honey by Viviane Bauquet Farre

Seared and Glazed Parsnips with Rosemary

Seared and Glazed Parsnips with Rosemary by Josh Cohen

Turmeric-Roasted Carrots with Seeds

Turmeric-Roasted Carrots with Seeds by alison roman

Roasted Delicata Squash with Spicy Yogurt Dressing and Pomegranate

Roasted Delicata Squash with Spicy Yogurt Dressing and Po... by Josh Cohen

Mains In the spotlight

Balsamic-Braised Lamb Shanks

Balsamic-Braised Lamb Shanks by Cara Nicoletti

Alon Shaya's Whole Roasted Cauliflower and Whipped Goat Cheese

Alon Shaya's Whole Roasted Cauliflower and Whipped Goat C... by Genius Recipes

Honey-Roasted Chicken with Garlic, Lavender, and Roasted Vegetables

Honey-Roasted Chicken with Garlic, Lavender, and Roasted ... by Caroline Choe

Sweet and Savory Brisket

Sweet and Savory Brisket by Cara Nicoletti

More Sweet Stars

Hazelnut-Chocolate Rugelach with Goat Cheese Pastry
Hazelnut-Chocolate Rugelach with Goat Cheese Pastry
Polish Apricot-Filled Cookies

Polish Apricot-Filled Cookies by Food52

Yogurt Tart 2.0

Yogurt Tart 2.0 by Alice Medrich

Apple Galette with Tahini Frangipane & Honey-Hibiscus Glaze

Apple Galette with Tahini Frangipane & Honey-Hibiscus Glaze by Sarah Jampel

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Tart

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Tart by Gena Hamshaw

What are your Hanukkah specials? Let us know about them in the comments.

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