A Vegetarian Rosh Hashana Menu

Most Rosh Hashana menus are built around a meat and poultry entrees and often include fish and a chicken-based soup as well, but you don't need meat to enjoy a beautiful, festive meal. This vegetarian menu showcases several foods that hold special meaning on Rosh Hashana; most are vegan, and all of them are pareve (dairy-free), in case you'll be accommodating both omnivores​ and vegetarians, and want the option of adding some non-vegetarian dishes to the lineup.

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    Apples, Honey, and Pomegranate

    Apples, Honey, and Pomegranate for Rosh Hashana
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    Ashkenazim favor apples dipped in honey to herald a sweet new year. Try a tasting of a variety of apples from the farmer's market along with a selection of artisanal honeys. If you'll have vegans at the table, offer silan, or date honey; The Date Lady offers a nice one. 

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    Honey Wheat Raisin Challah

    Honey Wheat Raisin Challah
    © Miri Rotkovitz

    A round raisin challah is a mainstay of many Rosh Hashana meals. This homemade Honey Wheat Raisin Challah is studded with sweet golden raisins and enriched with white whole wheat flour, vanilla, and a touch of cardamom. 

    If you need a vegan alternative, try this Maple-Glazed Vegan Water Challah -- you can leave it plain, or knead raisins into the dough. 

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    Roasted Carrot, Apple, and Celery Soup (Pareve or Dairy)

    Roasted Carrot, Apple, and Celery Soup
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    This vibrant Roasted Carrot, Apple, and Celery Soup makes an elegant starter to a festive meal. 

    If you want a more traditional holiday soup, this Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup has so much savory flavor, no one will miss the chicken. 

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    Vegetable and Chickpea Tagine with Couscous (Pareve)

    Vegetable Tagine Couscous
    © 2014 Miri Rotkovitz

    Colorful and satisfying, this Vegetable and Chickpea Tagine with Couscous is easy to prepare and looks impressive. 

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    Roasted Broccoli with Ginger (Pareve)

    Ginger Roasted Broccoli
    © Miri Rotkovitz

    Broccoli is always a crowd pleaser, and this Roasted Broccoli with Ginger is absolutely irresistible. Don't expect to have leftovers!

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    Amazing Whole Grain Jewish Apple Cake (Pareve)

    Whole Grain Jewish Apple Cake
    © Miri Rotkovitz

    This healthier spin on a traditional Jewish Apple Cake features whole grain flour and less fat and sugar than the original recipe.