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5 Favorite Rosh Hashanah Side Dishes for 2019


Rosh Hashanah is among the most honored and beloved of Jewish holidays, and is scheduled to commence at sundown on Sunday, September 29th and stretch until sundown on October 1st. Getting ahead on the holiday meal planning can make your Jewish New Year a more enjoyable, stress-free experience – so why not start finding inspiration for delicious Rosh Hashanah recipes now? 

With both nights of Rosh Hashanah traditionally featuring large, dinnertime feasts, being in charge of planning, preparing, and serving everyone’s favorite Rosh Hashanah foods can be a monumental task. To help you put together a holiday menu that all your guests will love, we’ve rounded up our top five Rosh Hashanah side dishes to add to your New Year table.



The New Year celebration wouldn’t be complete without this traditional dish, typically made using either potato or egg noodles. While everyone’s family has their own take on kugel, it’s entirely up to you whether you stick with a classic recipe or change things up. If you’re feeling creative, consider experimenting with a pumpkin or butternut squash kugel, or serve guests options that are both sweet and savory and let them take their pick.

Jeweled Grains


With sweet, fruity elements like pomegranate seeds, dried cherries and apricots, and figs added for color and flavor, jeweled grains are a beautiful and delicious addition to your Rosh Hashanah table. Choose your preferred grain (rice, quinoa, orzo, or a mix) and aim for a vibrant side dish that will catch every guest’s eye.

Cucumber Salad


Balance out the heavier, savory Rosh Hashanah side dishes with a light cucumber salad, a simple recipe that requires just a handful of ingredients. This quick salad is easy enough for even the most amateur cook to prepare, and contributes a fresh and zesty element to the holiday menu.


Roasted Potatoes


Crispy roasted potatoes are a year-round crowd pleaser, and they’ll be a Jewish New Year side dish that you can be sure everyone will love. Switching up flavors is as easy as choosing from a wide variety of possible seasonings, including the no-fail combination of salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder. In addition to seasoning, you can swap white potatoes for sweet potatoes for a new dimension of flavor. 


Eggplant Salad


Eggplant is another Rosh Hashanah staple, but many home chefs worry about potential mushiness with this sometimes-tricky vegetable. Salt the eggplant beforehand, use a light hand when drizzling the oil before roasting, and pair it with complementary elements like tomato, fresh parsley, and leeks for a perfectly-prepared side dish.

Shop for All Your Rosh Hashanah Necessities at Gelson’s


Whether you’re celebrating Rosh Hashanah with a full house of family or planning a small, simple get-together this year, preparing a traditional meal doesn’t have to be a challenge. Gelson’s makes it easy to shop for all your holiday ingredients in one place, saving you time and effort. With our extensive selection of farm fresh produce, premium meats and seafood, and more, you can find everything you need for your Rosh Hashanah celebrations. 

Or, if you’re expecting a busy holiday season, you can skip dinner preparations altogether and let Gelson’s do the work for you. Our deli and catering department provides expertly-crafted holiday meals for any and every occasion, and ordering is as easy as submitting your online order. With just a few clicks, you can have all your Rosh Hashanah meals taken care of and ready for pick-up at your convenience. 

Visit your neighborhood Gelson’s for more flavor inspiration and to stock up on all your Rosh Hashanah ingredients. 


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