20 Great Side Dishes for Rosh Hashanah

updated Sep 15, 2023
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Rosh Hashanah takes place in September and if you haven’t planned anything yet, it’s a good time to round out your menu. Many holiday tables include some combination of chicken soup, brisket, tzimmes, and potato or noodle kugel.

This year, enhance the traditional fare with a bevy of side dish that incorporate some of early fall’s best flavors and highlight the holiday’s most symbolic ingredients. Whether you are seeking inspiration for a crunchy salad, a vegetable dish, or an unexpected starch, these 20 sides have you covered.

20 Rosh Hashanah Side Dishes

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Noodle Kugel
Of the many styles, sweet noodle kugel is the one most often seen on the table during Shabbat.
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Tzimmes
This Ashkenazi Jewish side dish is a celebration of stewed root vegetables.
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Farfel
A traditional food for Ashkenazi Jews, farfel is made from a dry, egg-enriched dough that’s been passed over a box grater to form small, chewy, coarse-textured droplets.
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Apple Honey Challah Pull-Apart Bread
This shareable loaf is made with plush challah bread and filled with lightly sugared apples, then finished in a shiny honey glaze.
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Deep Fried Matzo Balls with Herby Ranch
Crunchy, deep-fried, and ultra-fluffy breaded matzo balls paired with an herby horseradish-laced ranch dressing.
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Harvest Roasted Apple Kale Salad
From the roasted apples to the pecans and walnuts, this kale salad's star ingredients create a crunchy, yet tender mix of texture and bold flavors.
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Pomegranate Salad
This pomegranate salad livens up humdrum winter salads with tang and color.
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Air Fryer Beets
Air frying beets is a quick and easy way to create a nutritious and colorful side dish.
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Braised Lentils and Leeks
A splash of dry vermouth adds a punchy, aromatic quality to this comforting dish of braised leeks and lentils.
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Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes
Turn to your air fryer for this impossibly crispy and easy side dish.
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Crunchy Cabbage Slaw with Farro, Pecorino, and Dates
Richly-flavored dates are well-loved on Rosh Hashanah tables. Here they join forces with cabbage, kale, and farro for a sweet and savory salad.
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One-Pot Smoked Almond and Herb Couscous
The abundance of couscous grains represents the number of blessings you hope to have. Here they're flavored simply with smoked paprika and toasted almonds.
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The Ultimate Fall Salad
This roasty, toasty salad celebrates everything you love about autumn. It's packed with squash, apples, and chewy farro, and tossed in a bright lemon vinaigrette.
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Roasted Sweet Potato Slices with Cilantro Pesto
Sweet potatoes play perfectly into Rosh Hashanah's tradition of eating sweet, round foods. Here, rounds of roasted sweet potatoes are slathered in bright green cilantro pesto.
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Shannon Sarna's Basic Challah
Use this easy-to-follow recipe to create a 3-strand, 4-strand, or 6-strand challah.
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Heirloom Tomato Salad with Pomegranate-Sumac Dressing
Here's how to take advantage of late summer's last tomatoes: slice them thin, sprinkle them with fresh basil, mint, and parsley, and dress them up with a Middle Eastern-inspired dressing.
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Apple Cabbage Salad with Brown Sugar Cider Vinaigrette
This colorful salad, which features apples, red cabbage, carrots, and nutty pumpkin seeds, could not be more autumnal if it tried.
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Golden Beet and Barley Salad with Rainbow Chard
Softened barley gets dressed up with golden beets, crumbled feta, and sautéed chard in this fall-friendly side.
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