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Farro Simanim Salad With Leeks, Squash, Dates

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Farro Simanim Salad With Leeks, Squash, Dates

This hearty Farro recipe is great for Rosh Hashana. Leeks, squash, and dates incorporate some of the holiday’s traditional Simanim.

Quinoa Salad With Dates, Figs, Pomegranate Seeds

Quinoa Salad With Dates, Figs, Pomegranate Seeds

Rosh Hashana is one of my favorite holiday (after channukah!) and I love it even more since I got married and get to celebrate it with my husband. I am sure you are aware how much food we eat during the holidays and how exhausting it can be!

This is why I love coming up with healthy recipes for the occasion. This Rosh Hashana sweet salad has apple, pomegranate and dates but also a flavorful honey dressing. To add even more sweetness, this recipe has figs (here dried figs but would love to try it with fresh figs!).

The Vegetarian 'Brisket' That Tastes Surprisingly Like Meat

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The Vegetarian 'Brisket' That Tastes Surprisingly Like Meat

(The Nosher/JTA) – Have you heard of jackfruit yet? If it hasn’t come across your Facebook feed or email inbox yet, keep your eyes open because it is the newest trend in vegetarian meat replacements.

But let’s start from the beginning. This is what a jackfruit looks like:

Summer Corn and Zucchini Latkes Recipe

Credit: Shannon Sarna

Summer Corn and Zucchini Latkes Recipe

(The Nosher via JTA) -- Who says latkes are just for Hanukkah? Well, it’s not me. And summer is a great time try using seasonal produce to make some crispy, delicious latkes.

I recently fried up some fresh corn and zucchini latkes, served with herb sour cream (or yogurt) and thinly sliced radishes. The texture of the fresh corn with zucchini and potato was so delicious. If you’re looking for other ideas for non-potato latkes try broccoli stem latkes or even these healthful spaghetti squash and quinoa fritters from Julia’s Album, which after all, is just another name for latke.

Potato Salad with Ashkenazi Flavors

Potato Salad with Ashkenazi Flavors

(The Nosher via JTA) – If I am being honest, I have struggled in the past with making a good potato salad.

It seems simple enough — boiled potatoes, mayo, some spices. But there is a bit of an art and science to making potato salad to ensure it isn’t too mushy or soggy, or drenched or bland. And since potato salad is such a classic side dish for summer cookouts and parties, I felt determined to master this seemingly simple dish.

So after a few years of making mediocre potato salad, here are some of the things I have learned:

Rainbow Falafel

Courtesy Aly Miller

Rainbow Falafel

(The Nosher via JTA) – The rainbow bagel trend, admittedly, isn’t my favorite. Neon just isn’t that appetizing to me, and I’ve always been suspicious of too much food coloring. I do love colorful foods, though, as long as those vibrant hues come from things like spices, herbs, flowers (like these fuchsia hibiscus donuts!), fruits and vegetables.

Food With Layers Of Meaning

Tisha b’Av, the day we mourn the destruction of the First and Second Temples, seems especially sad this year as we witness worldwide violence and political upheaval. It also falls on July 31, which coincides with the official expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492. 

This somber mood reaches all the way into the kitchen. Although we Jews usually celebrate our holidays with festive foods and big meals, Tisha b’Av is a fast day. Dinner the evening before is meat-free and simple, and beyond that, out of respect, for Nine Days before the fast, we eat fish or vegetarian meals. 

Israeli-Inspired Avocado Toast, 3 Ways

Credit: Shannon Sarna

Israeli-Inspired Avocado Toast, 3 Ways

(The Nosher via JTA) – Avocado toast has been “trendy” for several years throughout the U.S. In fact, avocados have been so trendy, an entire avocado restaurant opened earlier this year in Brooklyn. And people are putting avocados in everything lately: brownies, salad dressing, even ice cream. After all, avocados are healthy, full of good fat, delicious and satisfying.

Summer Jicama Slaw

Jicama Slaw/ Vegan Feast Catering

Summer Jicama Slaw

Veggie burgers

Veggie burger/ divinemisscopa

Veggie burgers