Ultimate Rosh Hashanah Recipe Roundup (vegan + gluten-free)

Fall is almost here, which means it’s time for a Rosh Hashanah Recipe Roundup! This collection of vegan and gluten-free recipes was gathered with the Jewish New Year in mind, but it is delicious enough that everyone will find something to enjoy as the seasons change.

Vegan Rosh Hashanah Recipe Roundup

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year! It’s one of Judaism’s holiest days and is celebrated in the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, which almost always falls between September and October. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and kicks off 10 days of introspection, ending with Yom Kippur. Observant Jews (including me and my family!) consider Rosh Hashanah a time for prayer, good deeds, and making amends. The food we eat during the Rosh Hashanah meal is all very symbolic of positivity and sweetness in the year to come, so cooking and creating recipes for this time feels extra special. This Rosh Hashanah Recipe Roundup is filled with my favorites, and I’ve included a bit about their meaning in case you’re curious!

Apple Recipes For a Sweet New Year

Apples are one of the most popular parts of a Rosh Hashanah meal! They signify a sweet beginning to the new year and in modern Rosh Hashanah meals they’re included in so many different ways. I’ve gathered all of my favorite apple recipes so you can include gluten-free and vegan apple recipes in your Rosh Hashanah celebration!

See my entire apple recipe round-up organized by breakfast, snacks, salads and desserts!

Appetizers

Did you know pomegranates are a traditional fruit for Rosh Hashanah? They signify new or unusual experiences, something I love as a part of a celebration for a new year! The way a pomegranate is full of seeds also reminds us to be full of good deeds and kindness as well as prosperity and abundance, which are such beautiful thoughts. There are also 613 seeds in a pomegranate, and 613 commandments! I love including pomegranates as a salad or hummus topping or included in a drink, like my Cranberry Pomegranate Spritzer.

Sides

I have a few carrot recipes in this Rosh Hashanah Recipe Roundup because carrots symbolize a desire to let go of past mistakes, enjoy increased blessings, and focusing on family joy. Of course, there are many other kinds of sides listed here as well, so there is something for everyone to enjoy! Sides just might be my favorite part of any holiday meal.

Soups

I chose soups with butternut squash and pumpkin in them because they’re in season during Rosh Hashanah, but also because gourds have symbolic meaning! The Hebrew word for gourd sounds like both the words “to rip” and “to announce.” Because of this, gourds represent our bad deeds being ripped, while the good ones are announced.

Salads

Did you know the Hebrew word for beet is “selek,” which sounds like the word for “remove”? Eating beets is an expression of hope that our enemies will depart…plus, I love combining beets with a sweet ingredient like apples or pomegranates. The perfect combination for Rosh Hashanah!

Rosh Hashanah Recipe Roundup: Entrees

The main event! I’ve got a variety of entrees here, and they include many of the symbolic foods I mentioned above. These dishes are delicious, savory, filling, and easy to make, while all being totally vegan and gluten-free!

Desserts

Since Rosh Hashanah is all about sweet new beginnings, we eat a lot of sweeter foods! As you can see, everything in Judaism is symbolic, and we love our food. I hope this Rosh Hashanah Recipe Roundup has given you some good ideas for delicious foods to put on your table this fall, whether you celebrate Jewish holidays or not!

If you make any of these recipes, I hope you’ll tag me on Instagram so I can see your delicious creations! You can also leave a review on any of the individual posts to help others find and make these vegan, soy-free, refined sugar-free, and gluten-free dishes.

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4 Comments

  1. Rachel betesh

    Hi do you hace recipe of falafel yo sand me pasa.

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  2. Alene

    Thank you for these! Our havurah, who normally gets together for holidays since our families are elsewhere, isn’t doing that again this year. It is so discouraging. We are in Florida. I am always looking for new Jewish holiday recipes though, and it will have to be for two, again. May you have a sweet and healthy new year!

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    • Elaine Gordon

      Oh, Alene! I’m so sorry this year is looking different again… I hope these recipes help make your dinner for two special and sweet. Be sure to check out my Hanukkah recipe round up this winter and my Passover Recipe Round Up in the spring! Happy and healthy new year to you and yours 🙂 Best, Elaine

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