Friday, September 22, 2017

Kale Waldorf Salad with an Apple and Honey Citrus Dressing

This beautiful kale Waldorf type salad brings together apples and honey just in time for Rosh Hashanah- the Jewish New Year!

Kale is still plentiful and local apples are just beginning to show their faces in the local farmer's markets ( I live in Pennsylvania) .

On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year which begins Wednesday evening through Friday evening, it is traditional to dip apples in honey to welcome in a sweet new year. In addition, we keep our menus on the sweet side serving sweet kugels, sweet potato tzimmis, apple cakes, etc.

This year I decided to serve a salad recipe for our celebration dinner that incorporates our holiday theme. I've added chopped apples, walnuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, dried cranberries,  grated carrots, and celery to curly fall kale and dressed it with my slightly sweet apple and honey citrus dressing.

                                        sweet apple and honey citrus dressing.

Holiday recipes are notorious for often including rich heavy ingredients that although tasty, are caloric and not so healthy. My super salad is delicious, festive, and brings a balance of tradition and nutrition to the holiday table.

The kale is rich in nutrients, helps the body detoxify, and gives the salad a base.
The carrots, celery, and apple add flavor and crunch, while the nuts and seeds add some protein and healthy fat.

This is a holiday recipe you can enjoy and still feel good serving it.


2 cups of chopped kale
2 cups of grated carrot
1/2 cup of chopped celery
1 cup of chopped apple 
1/2 cup of raisins or dried cranberries or both
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
1/4 cup of raw sunflower seeds


In a large bowl mix all ingredients and toss well in  honey citrus dressing.

Shared on Beth Fish Reads Weekend Cooking where anyone can share a food related post. 

and also on Deb's Souper Sunday where anyone can share a soup, salad, or sammie recipe

Thursday, September 21, 2017

My Vegetarian Rosh Hashanah Lunch Menu

           My Vegetarian Menu For Rosh Hashanah Lunch

Creamy Zucchini Soup ( vegan)

Kale and Apple Waldorf Salad with a Honey Lemon Dressing

Vegan Chopped Liver

Candied Butternut with Pecans and Cranberries ( vegan)


Cider Glazed Butternut squash

Mujadara ( Lentils, rice and caramelized onions)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Apple and Honey Citrus Dressing for Rosh Hashanah

For the Jewish New Year, we dip apple slices in honey to welcome in a sweet new year! This year I expanded on the theme and decided to make an apple and honey dressing for our salad! 

I experimented a little and was delighted with the outcome. The dressing is sweet yet tangy and tastes  good on a carrot salad, Waldorf salad or even a fruit salad. 

It looks creamy and delicious with just a hint of red specks from the apple. 
Since I use organic apples, I leave on the skin and even use the seeds ( which are good for you) . 

Apples are one of the fruits on the dirty dozen list published each year from EWG which tells you which fruits and vegetables contain the highest concentration of pesticides. Since apples are one of the fruits that contain the highest amount of pesticides, I always buy organic. I can usually pick up a 3 pound bag that runs about $1.99 pound- or at Trader Joes it's even more reasonable. 

I will be serving this dressing tonight for our Rosh Hashanah holiday meal on a Waldorf Kale Salad which I will be publishing tomorrow. 

If you are looking for vegan or vegetarian and gluten free Jewish holiday ideas see my previous round ups! 

I've converted some traditional foods like vegan chopped liver, gluten free matzo balls, 1 hour gluten free challah, un-chicken soup. 

The Salad Dressing Recipe


Juice of one large organic lime
1 heaping tablespoon of raw honey
1 organic red apple, sliced
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup of olive oil
optional: 1/2 teaspoon of zest from an organic lime


Using a Vitamix or other very strong blender, whiz all ingredients together until well mixed and perfectly smooth. Serve on carrot salad, fruit salad, or as the dressing on a Waldorf salad.