Rosh Hashanah Menu Ideas

From appetizers to aperitifs, this Rosh Hashanah menu incorporates all the symbolic foods of the Jewish New Year into the perfect holiday meal.salmon

Roasted Salmon with Nectarine Salsa

This roasted salmon dish is the perfect starter for your Rosh Hashanah meal — and a nod to the Jewish tradition of eating a fish headas an omen of fertility for the coming year.


  • 2 firm nectarines halved, pitted and diced
  • 1 chili pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 T fresh cilantro, minced
  • 2 t fresh mint, minced
  • 2 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1 t sugar
  • 4 6-oz. salmon fillets with skin
  • salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Make salsa by combine first 6 ingredients, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill.

Place salmon skin side down on a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil or spray with a thing coating of PAM Spray. Bake fish until the center is opaque, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate, top with chilled salsa and serve.

Mother's Day @ Holidays Eats Visit our holiday recipe site, Holiday Eats, for these additional, and delicious Rosh Hashanah recipes.

Honey Chicken

This savory chicken recipe, adapted from The Essential Book of Jewish Festival Cooking by Phyllis Glazer, highlights the sweetness of honey.

Honey Apple Chicken

Here is another way to incorporate the classic Rosh Hashanah foods apples and honey into your main course.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Jews of Middle Eastern-descent traditionally eat squash, gourd and pumpkins on Rosh Hashanah. This delicious squash recipe uses some of the holiday’s most popular ingredients to make a sweet stuffing.

Carrot Tzimmes

Bake this classic Rosh Hashana favorite in a bundt pan for an elegant presentation.

Leek Patties

Another traditional Rosh Hashanah food, leeks make an unexpected side dish when fried into these light, delicate patties.

Layered Apple Cinnamon Cake

Nothing says dessert on Rosh Hashanah like an apple cake. This one blends the best of traditional Rosh Hashanah ingredients and adds a hint of cinnamon. Perfection!