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.