Holiday Salad with Apple & Honey Vinaigrette

Written by chanie on September 2nd, 2013


When I first developed this salad recipe, I did not have Rosh Hashanah in mind. In fact, it was just about getting creative with the ingredients in my refrigerator (which is pretty much how all my salads happen). When all the components came together, it just screamed holiday, and I knew I had to share it for the upcoming Chag.

Although figs are not one of the traditional fruits eaten on Rosh Hashanah (like pomegranates, apples and beets), it’s a good idea to take advantage of the season’s bounty. Fig season is short and sweet, and besides, they are one of the Seven Species of the Land of Israel. The figs add a chewy texture, sweet flavor, and beautiful color to the salad making it the perfect holiday appetizer.

Fresh figs are not the only bright piece to this beautiful salad puzzle. Chioggia beets also add amazing color and design. On the outside, the humble root vegetable is unassuming (ie. ugly). But when you cut into it – you get the most beautiful candy cane spiral that is almost too magical to eat. The thing about chioggia beets is that when you cook them, that beauty all but disappears into a dull pinky beige mass. To appreciate the bright pink spirals, candy cane beets should be eaten raw – shaved thinly on a mandolin.

To further the Holiday theme, I whipped up an “apple and honey” dressing, using apple cider vinegar and sweet honey. If you have a custom not to eat vinegar on Rosh Hashanah (due to it’s sour taste), you may substitute with lemon juice.

Watch me make a Rosh Hashanah Simanim salad with TorahCafe here:


Watch on TorahCafé.com!

Other Rosh Hashanah Salad Ideas:

rainbow slaw with poppy seed dressing
pomegranate coleslaw
apple celery veggie dip
roasted beet & orange salad
couscous with thyme & honey roasted carrots, parsnips and beets

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  1. Shaina says:

    I was looking for a fig salad. Thanks, Chanie!

  2. Such a pretty salad! I love how you put it together – the flavor combination must be amazing!

  3. I’m a new subscriber, and I LOVE this holiday salad. We are Sephardic and we ALWAYS have fresh figs as a Shehechianu fruit for Rosh Hasahana..

  4. Fashion-isha says:

    Aren’t you just having the best time with all of this Rosh Hashana cooking? I’m loving the way you incorporate so many of the simanim into them. This salad is stunning! Have a Shana Tova U’metukah and year full of lots of blog success :)
    xo
    Sharon

  5. Jamie Geller says:

    aren’t candy cane beets beautiful! I also love the apple honey vinaigrette — I always do a pomegranate vinaigrette for the holidays but this is a great diff idea!

  6. Love those beets, and the figs look delicious.

  7. What a beautiful and festive recipe. Love it!

  8. I have to buy some candy cane beets! They are beyond gorgeous!

  9. Seems like the salad dressing is super versatile and could be used for a lot of different salads. yummy!

  10. I love candy cane beets, they are so gorgeous and they taste great too.

  11. Loving the presentation- very classy! Also love the idea of a sweet vinaigrette!

  12. What a pretty and festive salad!

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