Suggestions for a Moderate Cost Kiddush


Kiddush Menu #1 for 150 People

Cost approx. $350 (Nov., 2009)


Salad Bar: set up as 2  stations (rectangular tables 2x2)

  • whole: prewashed bags of lettuce, spinach, cherry tomatoes
  • grated carrots, cabbage
  • diced scallions 
  • sliced avocadoes, cucumbers, beets, mushrooms, radishes 
  • hard boiled & sliced eggs
  • crumbled feta
  • canned corn, chickpeas, 
  • jarred olives, pickles
  • sunflower seeds, almonds
  • croutons 
  • salad dressing – 2 kinds (*little pitchers/shakers) 

Other food: Set up on2 round tables 

  • 2 huge Grand Bakery challot
  • stuffed grape leaves
  • hummus  (add zatar & olive oil) 
  • tuna salad  
  • cheese slices & crackers
  • tortilla chips & salsa
  • pasta sald (*ingredients NOT included) 
  • Drinks:  apples juice, seltzer & mint water & lemon water
  • Dessert:  cookies, M&Ms, apples & clementinas

 Kiddush Menu #2 for 150 People

Cost about $200 as of July 2006

Here are some ideas of what to serve at a moderately priced Kiddush, with minimal preparation time required. All these items can be found at Costco, except for large bottles of soft drinks, for which Smart and Final is often a good choice. All items mentioned are either fresh fruit/veggies, Conservative movement approved (the cheese) or hechshered. Please note that there is no bread (or pita) on this Kiddush menu. This makes for a much simpler Kiddush, as there is no need for netilat yadaim (ritual hand washing) or birkat hamazon (grace after meals) .

  • 3 or 4 bricks or packages of pre-sliced cheese
  • 2 multipacks of crackers "Milton's","Breton", "Pepperidge Farms”
  • 3 or 4 large tubs of Hummus
  • 2 or 3 large bags of chips
  • large jars of olives or pickles
  • pretzels, nuts
  • packages of ready-to-eat vegetables
  • seasonal fresh fruit
  • oreos, brownie bites or other cookies,
  • bulk candy like M&M’s
  • dried fruit such as raisins mangoes, mixed, etc.
  • nuts: almonds, walnuts, etc.
  • apple juice, soda, sparkling water, etc.

Directions for assembling: Slice or cube cheese, wash fruits and vegetables and slice if needed, arrange in bowls and on platters, receive grateful thanks of fellow congregants.

Easy recipe ideas

If you have a kosher kitchen, or are prepared to follow Netivot Shalom's kashrut guidelines, there are some easy dishes you can prepare at home that are also nice additions to a Kiddush. You may also work in the shul kitchen prior to Shabbat.  Check with the office for availability.

Remember all items must be hechshered except eggs, cheese and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Green Salad

  • Packages of pre washed greens
  • Prepared dressing (or vinegar and olive oil)
  • Seasonal additions such as cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, etc.
  • Directions: Wash items as necessary, add dressing and gently mix.

Pasta Salad

  • pasta from Costco-use about 4-6 lbs.
  • jar of sun dried tomatoes in olive oil
  • box or two of crumbled "Presidents" feta cheese
  • optional: capers, toasted pine nuts, etc.
  • Directions: Cook pasta, add other ingredients, and gently mix.

Egg Salad

  • 5 to 6 dozen hard boiled eggs
  • mayonnaise
  • green onions/celery/pickle relish/purple onions
  • salt and pepper
  • Directions: Mash eggs, add other ingredients, and gently mix.

Tuna Salad

  • 4 large cans tuna
  • mayonnaise
  • green onions/celery/pickle relish/purple onions
  • hard boiled eggs
  • Directions: Flake tuna, add other ingredients, and gently mix.