A Vegetarian Rosh Hashana Menu

Most Rosh Hashana menus are built around meat and poultry entrées, often with fish and a chicken-based soup as well. However, 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 of the recipes are also vegan and all of them are pareve (dairy-free), delicious, and relatively simple.

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    Apples, Honey, and Pomegranate

    Apples, Honey, and Pomegranate for Rosh Hashana
    Credit: Sarah Bossert/Getty Images

    Ashkenazim favor apples dipped in honey to herald a sweet new year. Add to your celebration by serving a variety of apples from the farmers market along with a selection of artisanal honeys that are sure to please your guests. If you'll have vegans at the table as well, offer silan, or date honey.

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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 for the bread, try this maple-glazed vegan water challah. You can leave it plain or knead raisins into the dough for a special surprise inside the bread. 

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    Roasted Carrot, Apple, and Celery Soup

    Roasted Carrot, Apple, and Celery Soup
    &copy Miri Rotkovitz

    Matzo ball soup is a traditional addition to the holiday dinner table. While there is a vegetarian version and no one will miss the chicken in it, consider serving a veggie soup that needs no adaptations. The roasted carrot, apple, and celery soup is vibrant, brilliantly flavored, and makes an elegant starter to a festive meal. 

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    Classic Israeli Salad

    Classic Israeli salad

    The Spruce Eats

    Finely chopped vegetables are the stars of the iconic Israeli salad. It is beautiful in its simplicity and the red and green veggies are gorgeous in a bowl. Quite simply, this recipe combines bell pepper, cucumber, scallion, and tomato tossed with a light lemon and olive oil dressing. Season it with salt and pepper or add flavor with homemade za'atar to make it even more amazing.

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    Vegetable and Chickpea Tagine With Couscous

    Vegetable Tagine Couscous
    © 2014 Miri Rotkovitz

    Colorful and satisfying, this vegetable and chickpea tagine with couscous is easy to prepare and looks impressive. It's filled with an impressive array of spices, like cinnamon, cumin, and ginger, or you can make it even simpler by using a prepared or homemade Moroccan spice blend. Either way, it's ready for the table within an hour.

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    Roasted Broccoli with Ginger

    Ginger Roasted Broccoli
    © Miri Rotkovitz

    Broccoli is always a crowd-pleaser, and this roasted broccoli with ginger is absolutely irresistible. Requiring just five ingredients and less than 30 minutes, the dish will help you pull off a holiday dinner that's sure to satisfy everyone. Just don't expect to have leftovers!

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    Whole Grain Jewish Apple Cake

    Jewish apple cake

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    This recipe offers a healthier spin on a traditional Jewish apple cake. It features whole grain flour and has less fat and sugar than the original recipe. While it may be "lighter," the cake sacrifices nothing. It retains a dense crumb and amazing flavor and your guests may not even notice the difference.