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 Simanim Salad

Simanim Salad

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Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) is almost here and it's time to plan the meal for the holiday eve. Simanim (signs in Hebrew) salad is one dish that you must have, or should at least consider, since it includes the holiday signs or symbols and emphasizes our wishes and hopes for a better, fruitful and sweet new year.

The full list of Simanim for Rosh Hashanah contains mainly fruits and vegetables with one exception - a fish head. I choose to ignore this and therefore it was easy to use some of the signs to create a yummy salad everyone would enjoy to eat for the holiday.

The signs are: apples dipped in honey, beets, gourd (pumpkin), pomegranate, dates, leeks, black eyed peas and fish head. Some families have other traditions too, like carrots also being considered as one of the holiday signs, but that tradition isn’t one my family follows.

Simanim Salad Recipe

I choose to use apples, honey, pomegranate seeds and pumpkin seeds in my delicious salad. I think you can add dates, beets and carrots as well. I left them out because I think sometimes too many flavors can be overwhelming.

To have more of a base in the salad, I used lettuce and for an extra crunch, I added pecan nuts and walnuts. The apples I used are green apples because I enjoy their tart flavor. You can use red apples too but they taste sweeter. Some families follow the tradition of avoiding vinegar on Rosh Hashanah so I used lemon juice in the dressing.

For more holiday recipes, check out my Jewish holiday recipes page!

Here is the recipe for this festive and delicious Simanim salad:

Ingredients

  • 1 large head lettuce
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pecan nuts
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 green apple

For the dressing:

  • 4-5 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey
  • Salt and pepper by your taste

Preparation:

  1. Cut the apple into thin slices.
  2. Cut the lettuce to small pieces
  3. In a small bowl, mix all the dressing ingredients.
  4. Place all salad ingredients in a bowl and pour the dressing on them.
  5. Mix well and serve.
  6. Happy New Year!

Simanim Salad - Renana's Kitchen

Rosh Hashanah Simanim Recipes - Renana's Kitchen

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Simanim Salad - Renana's Kitchen.  Have you started planning your holiday eve meal for Rosh Hashanah yet? If you haven’t, then I have the perfect solution - a simanim salad! It’s festive, sweet-ish and downright delicious, plus it’s easy to make so get started now #newyear #roshhashanah #salad #food #foodie     Simanim Salad - Renana's Kitchen.  Have you started planning your holiday eve meal for Rosh Hashanah yet? If you haven’t, then I have the perfect solution - a simanim salad! It’s festive, sweet-ish and downright delicious, plus it’s easy to make so get started now #newyear #roshhashanah #salad #food #foodie     Simanim Salad - Renana's Kitchen.  Have you started planning your holiday eve meal for Rosh Hashanah yet? If you haven’t, then I have the perfect solution - a simanim salad! It’s festive, sweet-ish and downright delicious, plus it’s easy to make so get started now #newyear #roshhashanah #salad #food #foodie