Rosh Hashanah Apple Salad

Pumpkin pie spice vinaigrette

Serves: 8

Recipe by Shifra Klein



This salad truly delivers all of the elements that an excellent salad is known for: sweet, savory, crispy, and crunchy, while simultaneously bringing the flavors of the Jewish New Year onto a plate. Showcasing the salad on a platter versus tossed in a bowl allows all of the ingredients to shine.

Peeling the outer layer of the celery completely transforms this underrated vegetable. By removing the fibrous outer layer, you are left with a refreshing crunchy bite. 


  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 Fuji or Honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced
  • 3 stalks celery, peeled and sliced into thin strips
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ⅓ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds, for garnish


Combine arugula, apples, celery, and red onion on a serving platter. Top with pumpkin seeds. Whisk together lemon juice, oil, honey, Dijon mustard, pumpkin pie spice, and salt, and drizzle over the salad. Garnish with pomegranate seeds. 

 Tip: Mason jars are the perfect vessel for preparing and storing homemade salad dressings. Combine ingredients, cover with a lid, and shake.


Apple Honey Cake

Serves: 12

Recipe by Shifra Klein



I love this recipe because it’s super-easy to prepare. All you need is a bowl and a mixing spoon. Almost anyone can make this cake, guaranteed. It’s a great recipe for kids, or anyone who is intimidated by baking.


Nonstick cooking spray, such as PAM

  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee dissolved in 1 teaspoon boiling hot water
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup cubed or shredded apples (optional)
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray a 10-inch loaf pan or 9-x13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oil, juice, eggs, honey, vanilla, and coffee.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda,s and spices.
  5. Combine the baking soda and spices with the flour and then stir the flour into the batter until thoroughly mixed.
  6. Fold in the apples.
  7. Pour batter into pan. Bake for forty minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.