Traditional Ashkenazi Charoset With Apples and Walnuts Recipe

Niki Achitoff-Gray

Classic Ashkenazi charoset couldn't be easier—it's a straightforward mix of apples, toasted walnuts, and sweet red wine, with some sugar and cinnamon tossed in for good measure. Make a quick batch of toasted sugar to add more dimension to the dish, or incorporate dried fruit and honey for something a bit sweeter.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serves: 8 servings

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  • 1 1/2 pounds apples (675g; about 3 apples), peeled, cored, and diced into 1/4-inch cubes (see note)

  • 5 ounces (140g) walnuts, lightly toasted and coarsely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons (30g) quick-toasted or plain white sugar, plus more to taste (see note)

  • 1 cup (240ml) sweet red Passover wine, plus more to taste (see note)

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Small pinch freshly grated nutmeg


  1. Combine apples, walnuts, sugar, sweet wine, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl and mix well. Adjust sugar, wine, and seasonings to taste.


You can use whatever apples you prefer, but we recommend a 2:1 mix of Granny Smith and Fuji apples, for a balance of tart and sweet. Depending on which apples you choose, more sugar or wine may be necessary to achieve the desired taste. Adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
207 Calories
12g Fat
18g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 168mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)