Meatless Delight: Vegetarian Chopped “Liver” Recipe

Welcome to my vegetarian chopped “liver” recipe, a plant-based take on traditionally animal-based liver dishes. In this recipe, we’ll be using green beans as the main ingredient to create a delicious and nutritious mock chopped liver that is perfect for vegetarians, vegans, or anyone looking to reduce their meat intake.

Liver dishes have a long history in Jewish cuisine, especially during Passover when hard-boiled egg and liver pate recipes are often served. My vegetarian version honors this tradition while also being mindful of our impact on animals and the planet.

If you’re new to the world of vegetarian chopped liver or just looking to try out a new plant-based recipe, then you’re in for a treat. With just a few simple ingredients and some basic kitchen equipment such as a food processor, you can whip up this tasty dish in no time.

So get ready to put on your apron, roll up your sleeves and let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

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Vegetarian Chopped ” Liver ” ( Green Beans )

Looking for a delicious vegetarian alternative to traditional chopped liver? Look no further! This vegetarian chopped “liver” made from green beans is a must-try. Trust me, you won’t even miss the hard-boiled eggs or liver typically found in this dish.

Why will you love this recipe? For starters, it’s incredibly easy to make. With just a few pantry staples and some fresh green beans, you’ll have a delicious dish in no time. Plus, it’s a perfect choice for any occasion, from a casual weeknight dinner to an elegant holiday meal.

But the real reason you’ll love this recipe is because it’s incredibly flavorful and satisfying. The combination of green beans and walnuts creates a unique and delicious taste that will leave your taste buds wanting more. And let’s not forget about the onions, which sauteed until caramelized are the perfect addition to this dish.

If that’s not enough to convince you, this vegetarian chopped “liver” is also versatile. You can use it as a dip for crackers or vegetables, or spread it on sandwiches and toast. And if you’re looking for a Passover-friendly dish, simply swap out the green beans for lentils.

So why not give this recipe a try? Whether you’re a longtime vegetarian or just looking to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet, this vegetarian chopped “liver” is sure to become a new favorite.

Ingredient List

“Experience the savory taste of this vegetarian chopped ‘liver’ made from green beans.”

Here’s what you need for this vegetarian chopped liver made with green beans:

Main ingredients:

  • 1 lb green beans
  • 3 onions, sliced
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1 hard-boiled egg
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the vegetarian pate:

  • 1 cup of cooked lentils
  • ½ cup of boiled or canned green peas and string beans, drained
  • 1 hard-boiled egg (optional)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup chopped onions, sautéed in vegetable oil
  • 1 ¼ cups cooked green beans, smashed plenty and fried on vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Note that the vegetarian pate adds an extra texture and flavor to the recipe. It is a combination of lentils, boiled or canned green peas, string beans, egg (optional), chopped walnuts, sautéed onions in vegetable oil, and cooked green beans.

The Recipe How-To

“Who knew green beans could taste this good? You won’t miss the meat in this recipe.”

Let’s dive in on how to create this delicious vegetarian chopped liver using green beans. This recipe is simple and quick, so you’ll be munching on it in no time.


  • 1 lb. of green beans (string beans)
  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of walnuts
  • 1 boiled hard egg (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: Preparing the Green Beans

To start with the recipe, first, thoroughly clean the green beans and trim off the ends. Cut them into small pieces to make it easier for the food processor later. Then boil the green beans in a pot with salted water until they are soft, depending on the size of the pieces it can take up to 10 minutes. Once done, drain well.

Step 2: Preparing the Onions

While the green beans cook, in a separate pan over medium heat, add some vegetable oil and the sliced onions. Cook them until they caramelize and brown.

Step 3: Prepare the Walnuts

Next up, add one cup of chopped walnuts into your food processor and pulse into small pieces.

Step 4: Process Ingredients Together

Once all of your ingredients are prepared now it’s time to make everything come together. In the food processor add all ingredients such as boiled hard egg (if using – not essential), cooked onions, boiled green beans & pulsed nuts. Pulse all of these ingredients together until you get a smooth mixture or your desired texture.

Step 5: Seasoning & Serving

Once you’ve achieved your desired texture, take out your mock chopped liver from the food processor and season with salt and pepper according to taste. Allow for cooling (If planning to serve cold). The dish can be served either hot or cold accompanied by vegetables or crackers.

That’s it! You can indulge in this delectable vegetarian version of traditional Jewish chopped liver that is typically made from calf liver. It’s an easy dish that makes for an impressive appetizer or main course on any given day or occasion.

Substitutions and Variations

“A healthier and delicious alternative to traditional chopped liver.”

Don’t worry if you don’t have all the ingredients, or if you’re looking for a twist on the recipe. Here are some substitutions and variations to try:

For the green beans: If you don’t have fresh green beans available, you can use canned green beans or frozen green peas. Both work great in this recipe!

For the hard-boiled eggs: For a vegan version, replace the hard-boiled eggs with cooked lentils or cooked mashed potatoes. This will add a similar texture and earthiness to the dish.

For the walnuts: You can experiment with other nuts like almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts or pistachios for added crunch and flavor.

For the onions: Try experimenting with different types of onions like shallots, red onions or scallions. Bell peppers or mushrooms would also be a great addition to this recipe.

For the oil: Any vegetable oil like olive oil, coconut oil or sunflower oil would work in this recipe. Just make sure you use enough to coat the onions and vegetables while sautéing.

For Passover: This Vegetarian Chopped “Liver” (Green Beans) recipe is passover-friendly depending on your family’s minhag. To make it Passover friendly, avoid using legumes such as lentils and follow your family’s minhag (custom).

Make this recipe your own by trying out some of these substitutions and variations. Don’t be afraid to get creative and find flavors that work for you!

Serving and Pairing

“Green beans never looked so good! This dish is a showstopper.”

Serving and pairing this vegetarian chopped “liver” made with green beans is incredibly versatile. You can serve it as a side dish, appetizer or even as a main course.

For a light lunch, I recommend serving this vegetarian chopped “liver” with some fresh greens or whole grain bread. It adds a delicious depth of flavor and texture that will leave you feeling satisfied.

As an appetizer, you can scoop the vegetarian chopped “liver” into individual ramekins, topped with finely chopped walnuts, and serve it alongside your favorite crackers or sliced baguette. The contrast in textures between the smooth pate and crunchy nuts is heavenly.

For dinner parties, present it as part of a charcuterie board together with hummus, olives and crudites. It is an excellent vegan option for guests who follow a plant-based diet.

Pair this dish with a chilled white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. The acidity in the wine balances out the richness of the mock-chopped liver. For non-alcoholic options, try sparkling water or Kombucha for cleansing your palate.

With its savory and addictive quality, this vegetarian chopped “liver” will surely become your new entertaining staple.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Elevate your snack game with this vegan take on chopped liver.”

When it comes to make-ahead options for this Vegetarian Chopped “Liver” recipe, I’d recommend cooking the green beans ahead of time and storing them in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble the dish. You could also chop the onions and toast the walnuts up to a day beforehand.

If you do decide to make this dish in advance, storing it is simple. Simply transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2-3 days. The mixture tends to hold its flavors well, so don’t be afraid if the ingredients meld together while being stored.

Reheating can easily be done on a stovetop over low heat in a non-stick pan until warmed through or in the microwave for a quick fix. It’s important not to let it dry out too much by over-reheating as that could affect the consistency of your chopped “liver”.

Tips for Perfect Results

“With a hint of smokiness and a punch of umami flavor, this dish is sure to please.”

You don’t have to be a skilled chef to make the perfect Vegetarian Chopped “Liver” with green beans recipe. With some tips and techniques in hand, anyone can whip up this delicious dish without any hassle. Here are some tips for making this recipe perfectly every time.

1. Don’t overcook the green beans

When it comes to cooking the green beans, be careful not to overcook them. You want them to be tender but still firm enough to hold their shape. Overcooked green beans will end up mushy, which will affect the texture of the final dish.

2. Use a food processor

To achieve that traditional chopped liver texture, use a food processor instead of a blender or immersion blender. A blender will puree everything too finely, while an immersion blender won’t chop it fine enough.

3. Toast the walnuts

Toast the walnuts before adding them to the recipe for extra flavor and crunch. Toasting releases the oils in the nuts and enhances their natural nuttiness.

4. Don’t skip on seasoning

For maximum flavor, be sure to use plenty of salt and pepper when sautéing the onions and green beans. You can also add other herbs or spices if you like.

5. Cool ingredients before processing

Be sure to cool your ingredients down before processing them in a food processor. This will help ensure that they chop up evenly and smoothly rather than overheating and clumping together.

6. Add moisture if necessary

If your vegetarian chopped liver ends up being too dry, you can always add some vegetable stock or olive oil until it reaches your desired consistency.

With these tips, your Vegetarian Chopped “Liver” with green beans will taste even better than expected!


As you prepare to make this delicious Vegetarian Chopped “Liver” (Green Beans) Recipe, you may have some questions about ingredients or preparation. In this section, we have compiled some frequently asked questions and their answers for you to reference. Don’t worry if you’re still feeling unsure! We’ll walk you through everything step-by-step.

What is vegetarian chopped liver made from?

Traditional versions of vegetarian chopped liver were typically prepared using canned green peas or string beans combined with fried onions and mushrooms or eggplant, to create a smooth and creamy light brown spread. Walnuts, hard-boiled eggs or crushed crackers were sometimes added for additional texture and flavor.

Why is chopped liver so good?

Liver is a food that boasts a remarkable nutrient profile. It is richer in vitamins and minerals compared to muscle meats, as well as many fruits and vegetables. However, liver lacks the fiber content that is present in produce. This organ meat is an excellent source of protein, iron, and B vitamins. Additionally, it is one of the best animal sources of vitamin A.

Can vegetarian chopped liver be frozen?

The longevity of this vegan chopped liver is about a week if kept in an airtight container in the fridge. However, freezing may affect its texture.

Can you eat chopped liver?

If you haven’t tasted chopped liver yet, you are missing out on a delectable dish. Vegetarians need not worry as our meat-free version is just as tasty. Trust me when I say, it’s worth trying as Bubbe would say “just eat it, you will like it.”

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Vegetarian Chopped “Liver” (Green Beans) recipe is the perfect solution for those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet and still crave the delicious taste of traditional chopped liver. By using green beans as a substitute for liver and incorporating flavorful ingredients like walnuts and onions, this dish is a healthier alternative that still packs a powerful punch in terms of taste.

Not only is this recipe simple to make, but it’s also versatile in terms of substitutions and variations. And with options for make-ahead, storing, and reheating, this dish can easily be enjoyed for multiple meals throughout the week.

So whether you’re looking to recreate a nostalgic family recipe or simply want to try something new and delicious, I highly recommend giving this Vegetarian Chopped “Liver” (Green Beans) recipe a try. Your taste buds (and your body) will thank you!

Vegetarian Chopped " Liver " ( Green Beans )

Vegetarian Chopped ” Liver ” ( Green Beans ) Recipe

Great alternative to real chopped liver.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Jewish (Ashkenazi)
Servings 1 med. size bowl
Calories 1633.6 kcal


  • 1 (1 lb) can green beans
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 5 hard-boiled eggs
  • 2 ounces walnuts
  • salt and pepper


  • Saute onions in oil for a long time, carmelized.
  • Drain green beans.
  • Process nuts until fine.
  • Add green beans and onions to nuts in processor.
  • Add 3 eggs to processor.
  • Finely grate 2 remaining eggs and add by hand.
  • Chill overnight.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 1054gCalories: 1633.6kcalCarbohydrates: 65.3gProtein: 50.4gFat: 136.8gSaturated Fat: 22.6gCholesterol: 1060mgSodium: 345.1mgFiber: 22.4gSugar: 20.1g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Kosher, Small Appliance, Spreads, Stove Top, Vegetable
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