This salad is fresh and tart and combines a number of the symbolic Rosh Hashanah foods—called simanim.

We try to eat sweet foods to symbolize our wish for a good, sweet year ahead, such as the traditional apple and honey. It is also customary to eat foods whose names in the vernacular allude to blessing and prosperity. For example, the Yiddish word for carrot, meren, also means “to multiply.”

I’ve also included raisins and celery as a nod to the good old “ raise in salary.” And mostly because they just taste good!

Note: Roasted salted sunflower seeds would be a good addition to this salad.

Salad Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded carrot
  • 1 ½ cups green apple batons
  • 2 celery stalks, finely sliced on the diagonal
  • ½ cup raisins

Dressing Ingredients

  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


Whisk the dressing ingredients together. Pour the dressing over the salad and let it sit for 30 minutes before serving.

Serves: 6