Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year and it begins today at sundown. It is the first of the High Holidays or Yamim Noraim ("Days of Awe"), celebrated ten days before Yom Kippur.
Rosh Hashanah meals usually include apples and honey, to symbolize a sweet new year. Various other foods with a symbolic meaning may be served, depending on local customs. Symbolic foods eaten are dates, black eyed peas, leek, spinach and pomegranates.
While I am not Jewish, I do find their culture and customs fascinating especially when it comes to food. I ran across this traditional Rosh Hashana recipe, that would also make a fabulous Thanksgiving or Christmas side salad.
Pomegranate Apple Salad (Parve)
1/3 cup cider vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 small onion, minced
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 Tbsp poppy seeds
1 head romaine lettuce, you could also use bibb, or mixed greens including arugala
1 pomegranate, seeded
1 green apple, chopped
In a food processor, combined vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard and onion. After the ingredients are well mixed, slowly add the oil. Pour ingredients into a holding container and add poppy seeds. Shake well before serving.
Wash lettuce and tear into bite sized pieces. Remove seeds from pomegranate then slice apple. To serve, toss lettuce with pomegranate and apple then top with dressing.