A Simanim Inspired Rosh Hashanah Menu

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simanim inspired menu table

Simanim are so my thing. Now of course I know that on Rosh Hashanah they are everyone’s thing, but in addition to holding a Rosh Hashanah Seder where all the simanim make an appearance (even that fish head!)

I let them inspire my menu. This fish course features no less than 9 simanim (fish, honey, spinach, carrots, cabbage, pomegranate, apples, leeks and dates). I am nothing if not efficient. And all recipes are kissed with honey... well more than kissed. I call for generous measurements because why shouldn’t our cup runneth over with sweetness this new year?!

honey sesame salmon

This entire course serves 6 to 8 and can easily be doubled and tripled should your table runneth over with company.

HONEY-SESAME SIDE OF SALMON with Honey Mustard and Dill Dipping Sauce

I tested this recipe on my family the night my mom arrived from Philly for her annual Israel summer visit. Two ladies and five kids ka”h polished off this 2 pound side of salmon in a blink. Any recipe that has my kids eating and loving heart-healthy fish is a year- round winner.

spinach salad with ribbons

SPINACH SALAD with Sweet Pomegranate Dressing


It’s incredible how simanim-inspired cooking can also be healthful. This salad is loaded with green leafy spinach, carrots and cabbage and topped with whole wheat croutons. Just trying to keep your “new year’s resolutions” on track from day one.

apple rice salad


Since lots of Ashkenazi folks have the custom to refrain from nuts during the High Holiday season I have omitted them from this recipe. But year-round consider adding 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts.

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