Rosh Hashanah Simanim Roundup

Rosh Hashanah Simanim Roundup

If you’ve never been to Florida, you probably haven’t heard of Winn Dixie. Although if you have, you probably love the store as much as I do. Since my in-laws live down in the sunny State, I’m lucky enough to visit on occasion and try out the amazing array of kosher restaurants and supermarkets there. What I love so much about Winn Dixie is that it is both a general supermarket AND a kosher one. Which means, if you need a kosher ingredient 30 minutes before Shabbat, they’ll still be open, and they’ll definitely have what you’re looking for. Not only does Winn Dixie have over 1000 branded kosher products, they also boast a kosher deli and bakery.

Because I’m such a big fan of the store, I was so excited to promote their #FreshNewYear campaign with a Rosh Hashanah Simanim Roundup. What are simanim? They’re symbolic foods that are eaten on Rosh Hashanah to symbolize our hopes for a sweet New Year. The symbolic foods include leeks, pomegranate, gourds (includes squashes like acorn, butternut, delicata, kabocha, spaghetti and pumpkin), dates, black eyed peas (some use green beans), apples & honey, beets, carrots and fish head (some use ram’s head). These specific foods are eaten because their hebrew names are related to other Hebrew words that convey our wishes for the coming year. Jews of Sephardic decent actually host a seder where these foods are eaten and a blessing is made over each symbolic food. For a detailed list of the blessings and simanim, click here.

So without further ado, lets get started!


fried leek rings with homemade ketchup
Greek-style leeks with prunes and cinnamon
steamed cod with leeks
olive oil braised leeks with thyme
cream of leek soup
cauliflower leek puree
veal scaloppine with leeks


how to deseed a pomegranate
carrots with pomegranate molasses glaze
salmon with pomegranate molasses glaze
pomegranate coleslaw
pomegranate brisket tacos
roasted lamb with pomegranate and wine
pomegranate glazed london broil 
pomegranate sorbet
mini promegranate pavlovas
mini pomegranate bundt cakes


Syrian candied gourd
honey roasted squash
soy braised kabocha squash
quinoa stuffed acorn squash
roasted acorn squash and pomegranate farro salad
sausage and apple stuffed butternut squash
butternut squash chili fries
roasted butternut squash and apple soup
spaghetti squash with spinach, leeks and mushrooms
sweet spaghetti squash
pumpkin whoopie pies
pumpkin crisp
pumpkin pot pie
delicata squash muffins
delicata squash salad with spicy maple dressing


how to make your own silan (date honey)
date honey cake
Rosh Hashanah roast
silan roasted chicken with squash and dates
couscous with dried dates
bacon wrapped dates (use kosher bacon)
medjool date pecan pie
gingerbread date truffles
chewy date granola bars
sticky date pudding


black eyed pea hummus
black eyed pea salsa
black eyed peas salad
black eyed pea cakes
black eyed pea fritters
Egyptian black eyed peas
Brazilian rice with black eyed peas
black eyed peas with meatballs
black eyed peas and green beans
crunchy garlic shriveled green beans
honey ginger green beans
sauteed green beans with mushrooms and cipollini onions
grilled green beans with harissa
pickled green beans


holiday salad with apple and honey vinaigrette (watch me make a variation here!)
apple and honey BBQ sauce
apple honey drumsticks
apple and honey challah
honey roasted za’atar chicken with fruit
chicken and apples in honey mustard sauce
apple and honey baklava
apple rose pie bites
honey cake with caramelized apples
apple and honey bread pudding
apple and honey tart
apple and honey muffins
apple and honey trifle


roasted beet and orange salad
beet pomegranate salad
roasted beet salsa
angel hair pasta salad with golden beets
beet soup with beet green pesto
rainbow Anna potatoes with beets
beet pickled deviled eggs
beet latkes
beet rugelach
moist chocolate beet cake
red velvet cupcakes


carrot salad with honey lemon dressing
Moroccan carrot salad
creamy carrot and leek soup
roasted carrots with tahini harissa sauce
whiskey glazed carrots
tzimmes roast
carrot risotto
rice with carrots and raisins
carrot muffins
carrot cake sandwich cookies
carrot cake pudding
carrot truffles


fish head curry
fish head soup
Vietnamese fish head soup
gefilte stuffed salmon head (scroll to the bottom)
baked lambs head with potatoes

For more Rosh Hashanah recipes, check out the Winn Dixie holiday ebook below! It’s packed with lots of Jamie Geller’s amazing holiday recipes that you’ll want to make again and again!

NOTE: All photos (besides the ones with the BIB watermark) are from 123RF Photo.

This post is sponsored by Winn Dixie

Post a Comment

18 thoughts on “Rosh Hashanah Simanim Roundup

  1. SOOO pleased that you posted this. I have been ‘blanking’ on what to do with my leeks. I usually make a simple olive oil braised version, sometimes with mustard dressing, but felt like something a bit different this year. The Greek-style leeks with prunes and cinnamon looks GREAT. Do you think I could make it in advance? Might ask on Food52 to see what people think…. Thanks so much!

  2. I bought a bunch of leeks without plans as to how to cook them. I appreciate your list. I just printed up a recipe to make. Thanks. Gut Gebencht Year

  3. Thanks so much for including our blog in this roudup! We are still getting traffic 2 years later so you must have done something right! Just sharing some love and saying thank and we now have another blog friend!

    – Kari & Chef Lij Heron

  4. Oy! Winn Dixie! I live in Mount Dora, Florida. The nearest Winn Dixie is about 15 minutes south in Apopka. Their kosher department usually has no more than 5 random things, and what they have doesn’t relate to the holiday at hand, i.e. Chanukah candles at Pesach. I know we’re a small Jewish community in this area, but we are here! If this store is so great in whatever town the poster is shopping, it proves that our local store could do much better!

  5. Dear Chanie,

    For the 1st time, I am doing all of the Yom Tov cooking & just left to grab a few things. Having never been responsible for simanim (forgotten on my list), I needed a guide & quickly found your post at a red light – DIRECTLY IN FRONT of that WinnDixie (already planning to run in on my way home to & grab some freshly made fried chicken for dinner). So, thank you, for both the (1) simanim guide & (2) reminder of the matanah that all of us are intimately bound together.

    “Wishing you and your family a year filled with only mazal and bracha, and the peace of mind to enjoy it all. Gmar chasima tova.” (R’ Yitzie Zweig).

    Gratefully yours,
    Robert Singer
    (Aventura, FL)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *