Keeping it Chill (ed) for the Holiday with Rice Noodles

Keeping it Chill (ed) for the Holiday with Rice Noodles

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year,  is coming SUPER early this year. So early, that it would be wise to keep a good part of your menu cool since the weather will likely be steamy hot. I’m focused on chilled sides, even if I my family insists on my  traditional, braised  brisket as the main.

I turned to Melissa Roberts for inspiration, asking her for a simple side dish that can be served chilled or at room temp. We agreed that including apples is a delightful nod to the tradition of including this earliest Autumn fruit in the holiday meal. She whipped up this easy, do-ahead, savory Rice Noodle dish that hits the mark.

Rice Noodles with apples (Melissa)

It is bright green and cooling with cilantro, mint and Granny Smith apples . It’s the perfect compliment to chicken, brisket, turkey or fish. And, vegetarians would be happy to call this their main, too.

Rosh Hashanah begins on the eve of September 4 and continues through September 6. That’s just one day after Labor Day, folks. Is anyone else re-thinking their menu as a result of this late summer date?  Please share in comments, below.

I wish all of my readers a Sweet and Joyful New Year and Happy Autumn (soon enough).

About contributor, Melissa Roberts:

A Westport transplant from New York City, Melissa was a food editor at Gourmet developing recipes in the magazine’s test kitchen. She was also a cook and stylist in the Food Network’s kitchen. Melissa now freelances as a recipe developer, tester and writer for various magazines and websites including Bon Appetit, Health, Real, Kosher Like Me, and ctbites.

If you’re looking for an IMPOSSIBLE TO RESIST honey cake, check out this recipe from Melissa Roberts: made it last year and even the honey cake naysayers loved it.


  1. Ugh, I’m terrible unprepared for Rosh Hashana so I really appreciate the delicious side dish idea. All of the holidays are too early this year- Can you believe that Chanukah begins before Thanksgiving? Yikes!

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