Easy Charoset Recipe

If you ask someone what fruit is sitting in their fridge at the moment, it won't be surprising to hear them say "apple." Our crispy, fruity friend, the apple, is common in most households and also common in many cultural traditions. This easy charoset recipe incorporates apples perfectly, and is brought to us by recipe developer and wellness coach Miriam Hahn. "I love this recipe because it can be eaten so many ways," Hahn says. "It is great for breakfast, as a snack, or as a dessert". Often it is served with Matzo and it may also be included on a Passover Seder plate — but this combination of apples, nuts, raisins, sweet wine, honey, and lemon is tasty any ordinary day as well.

If you want to enjoy charoset year-round, Hahn says it goes well with any type of entrée or can make a nice addition on a brunch menu. We think it is a nice pairing with this simple omelet recipe. Read on to learn how to make this simple, delicious recipe. 

Gather the ingredients for this easy charoset

For this recipe, you'll need walnuts, apples, golden raisins, sweet wine, honey, lemon, apple pie spice, and salt. If you are wondering what kind of apples work best, Hahn uses Honeycrisp but comments, "You can choose any type of apple you want. I like the natural sweetness of red apples but if granny smith is your go-to apple of choice, have at it." As far as spices go, Hahn likes to use apple pie spice to keep things simple because it is a blend of spices, but feel free to grab a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cardamom instead. Any sweet red wine will work in this recipe and pomegranate juice makes a nice substitution if you want to keep this dish alcohol-free.

Toast the walnuts

First things first, preheat the oven to 350 F. While it's warming up, lay out the walnuts on a chopping board and dice them up. Spread them out on a baking tray and when the oven is ready, bake them for 5 minutes. "You will smell them cooking," Hahn says, "and stay close because they go from nice-and-toasted to ruined pretty quickly."

Prepare the apples

Next, let's peel and dice the apples. There are many ways to peel an apple, but Hahn says, "I have been using this simple peeling method for years and it is the quickest way I have found to get the job done." She starts by cutting off about ½ inch of the top and bottom of the apple. Then you are left with defined edges making it easy to run a peeler top to bottom. Once you have the peeled apple, Hahn stands it up, flat side down and makes four straight cuts around the core. A quick dice of the four pieces and you've got a perfectly diced apple. At this stage of the game, you can get your lemon zested and juiced as well.

Toss it all together, then serve

The rest is simple. Dump the apples into a bowl and add the toasted walnuts, raisins, wine, honey, lemon zest, lemon juice, apple pie spice, and salt. Give it a quick toss and you are ready to serve.

If you can't finish the charoset all in one sitting, no worries. Store the leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Easy Charoset Recipe
4.9 from 12 ratings
This easy charoset recipe incorporates apples, baked walnuts, raisins, and lots of other goodies for a sweet and festive treat.
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
5
minutes
Servings
6
Servings
charoset in bowls with matzo
Total time: 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 3 medium apples
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup sweet red wine or substitute pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • ½ teaspoon apple pie spice
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
Optional Ingredients
  • Matzo crackers, for serving
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Dice the walnuts and place them on a baking sheet. Bake the walnuts for 5 minutes.
  3. Peel and chop the apples.
  4. Zest the lemon and juice ½ of it.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the toasted walnuts, apples, raisins, red wine, honey, lemon zest, lemon juice, apple pie spice, and salt.
  6. Toss everything to combine, then serve.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 236
Total Fat 13.3 g
Saturated Fat 1.3 g
Trans Fat 0.0
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 30.6 g
Dietary Fiber 4.5 g
Total Sugars 21.7 g
Sodium 52.6 mg
Protein 3.9 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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