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April 22, 2011

President Obama And The First Lady Include A Dish From Chef Michael Solomonov On Their White House Seder Menu

Try Chef Solomonov's award-winning food yourself; Zahav's special Passover menu is available through Tuesday. (Photo by M. Regan courtesy Zahav)

This past Monday, President and Mrs. Obama hosted a special White House Passover seder, the menu for which was comprised of recipes from eight Jewish chefs around the country including Philadelphia’s own Michael Solomonov.

Chef Solomonov provided his Carrot and Apple Salad with Pine Nuts recipe, a dish deemed “healthy” and “satisfying,” worthy of the Obama seder. The dinner is a tradition that started in Pennsylvania in 2008, when after a long day on the campaign trail then-Senator Obama gathered a group of staffers — Jewish and non-Jewish alike — for an impromptu seder.

Dishes similar to this one are available as part of Zahav’s Passover Feast prix-fixe menu, available now through April 26. Solomonov also makes fresh matzoh in Zahav’s wood burning oven to use as an accompaniment for an assortment of salads.

Whip up the chef’s Carrot and Apple Salad with Pine Nuts yourself, with the recipe below. And click here for the rest of the dishes served on the Obama seder menu.

Michael Solomonov’s Carrot and Apple Salad with Pine Nuts

4 tablespoons golden raisins
1 cup apple juice
2 cups carrots, peeled and shredded (about 8)
1 cup apples, peeled and shredded (about 2)
2 tablespoons orange juice
4 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
2 teaspoons kosher salt

1. Soak the raisins in the apple juice until they have absorbed all of the liquid.
2. Mix raisins with the rest of the ingredients and serve.

Yield: 4 servings

Zahav Passover Feast
When: Now-April 26
Where: 237 St. James Place
Cost: $42
More info: www.zahavrestaurant.com

Previously: Chef Michael Solomonov To Serve A Passover Feast At Zahav, April 18-26

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