This colorful and interesting salad incorporating many of the significant symbolic foods (simanim) which we eat on Rosh Hashanah is courtesy of my friends over at koshereye.com I haven't tried it myself, but I really don't think you can go wrong! And if pumpkin seeds qualify as gourd, then all you'll need is some honey, fish and a fish head to round out your simanim, depending of course on your family traditions. Now that's great isn't it! And as far as serving your salad, I'd recommend either individual servings on salad plates, or using a large platter or something other than the traditional salad bowl. That way you can make a bed of greens and add the veggie/fruit mixture on top for a stunning holiday presentation.
A combination of bags of fancy lettuces and spinach (romaine, butter etc. and spinach) - enough for 10
1/2 cup raw peeled pumpkin seeds
4 red and golden apples, peeled and cut into small chunks
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup of pomegranate juice
1/2 cup grated carrots
1 cup sliced beets, freshly roasted or boiled
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons minced leek- white part only
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
Optional: add a new fruit too!
Top with fresh pomegranate arils (seeds)
One or two days ahead: Combine all dressing ingredients; refrigerate. Cook beets and refrigerate.
On serving day, gently toss spinach and lettuces together. Just
before serving combine lettuce mixture with dressing, toss again. Then
top with beets, apples, carrots, dates and pumpkin seeds
Yield: Serves 10