I've been dreaming about this salad for forever and pushed myself to post it in time for Rosh Hashanah. It is the perfect salad to add to your menu- full of simanim (the symbolic foods of this holiday) like cabbage, carrots, pomegranate, apples, and honey. Pomegranate syrup or molasses is used to give this dressing a delicious and unique tart and sweet flavor. I can find it in my local grocery store but if you cant find it you can also boil down pomegranate juice until thick and syrupy. This salad could use a dose of toasted almonds but I left it out because many people traditionally stay away from nuts on Rosh Hashanah but if that is not your tradition, definitely add them. Shana tova!
For the Salad:
8 cups or about 500 grams shredded cabbage, about half of a medium cabbage (alternatively you can use pre- packaged coleslaw mix and omit the carrots)
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup of sliced scallions
1 red apple, sliced into thin strips
1 green apple, sliced into thin strips
1 yellow apple, sliced into thin strips
2 tsp lime or lemon juice
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
2 Tbl freshly chopped mint, optional, but adds great fresh flavor.
Slice the apples and mix with the lime or lemon juice to prevent them from discoloring. In a large bowl, mix the cabbage, carrots, scallions, apples and mint. Add the dressing mix well and garnish with the pomegranate seeds. Re-season with salt and pepper before serving.
For the dressing:
1/4 cup pomegranate syrup
3 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons light olive or canola oil
salt and pepper to taste
Whisk all ingredients together and pour over salad.