Pomegranates are associated with Rosh Hashanah because the pomegranate is said to have 613 seeds, corresponding to the 613 mitzvot. The pomegranate has also long been a symbol of fertility, and thus of the unlimited possibilities for the new year.
1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
6 cups salad greens
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup pomegranate seeds (approximately 1 pomegranate)
2 oranges (e.g. Valencia)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup light olive oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons minced shallots
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Whisk together the cider vinegar, shallots, mustard, honey, and olive oil; set aside. Peel the oranges, removing as much of the white pith as possible and cut into sections. In a large bowl, toss together the oranges, pomegranate seeds, and salad greens. Drizzle with dressing and season with salt and pepper to taste; toss gently to coat greens with dressing.
Pronounced: roshe hah-SHAH-nah, also roshe ha-shah-NAH, Origin: Hebrew, the Jewish new year.