Mouth-Watering Israeli Charoset Recipe for Passover

Welcome to my Israeli Charoset recipe! This recipe is a traditional Jewish dish typically served during Passover Seder, but can certainly be enjoyed all year round. It is a mixture of various fruits and nuts, including bananas, pitted dates, raisins, almonds, and more, with red wine as the key ingredient.

Not only is this Israeli Charoset mixed with nuts a tasty treat, but it also has significant meaning in Jewish culture. The texture and consistency of the charoset is meant to resemble the mortar used by Jewish slaves when building structures for their oppressors in ancient Egypt. Eating charoset during Passover serves as a reminder of our ancestors’ journey from slavery to freedom.

So whether you’re looking to celebrate tradition or simply trying out new recipes from around the world, this Israeli Charoset recipe is sure to be a hit at your next Passover Seder meal or any other special occasion. Get ready to experience the sweet and nutty flavors of Israel with this easy-to-make dish!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Israeli Charoset
Israeli Charoset

Are you in search of a perfect Passover recipe that satisfies everyone at the Seder meal? Look no further as I present to you the Israeli Charoset recipe, a renowned dish from the Sephardic cuisine. This is the perfect Passover charoset recipe that will leave your taste buds yearning for more. Trust me; this charoset recipe will be your favorite Pesach recipe ever.

What sets the Israeli Charoset apart from others is its unique mix of fruits and nuts giving it an unparalleled, traditional flavor that has been passed on down to generations. The ingredients include, but not limited to pitted dates, walnuts, raisins, dried apricots, and almonds that are mixed with spices and red wine giving it a velvety texture, sweet aroma, and delicious taste.

This charoset recipe is traditionally served at the seder meal following the mortar used by Jewish slaves in Egypt. With every bite of this delicious dish, you’ll feel like you’re traveling back in time to celebrate freedom with the ancient Jewish community.

The Israeli Charoset recipe isn’t just renowned in Israel; it’s a delicacy around the world with various versions existing to suit specific tastes. Once you try out this Passover charoset, your guests will demand that you teach them how to make this dish.

So why should you love this recipe? Firstly because it fits perfectly into the Passover seder tradition by using peeled cored apples and combining them with banana-shaped slices of ripe banana while leaving all seeds and pith behind. Secondly, it’s a versatile dish that can be served as a dip or side salad for any meal any time of the day long after pesach has ended. Thirdly, it’s healthy since it’s made of fruits and nuts combination meaning that it’s loaded with minerals, vitamins, and dietary fiber essential for your health.

In conclusion, if you want to make your Passover meal unforgettable for your family and friends, indulge in this winning Israeli Charoset recipe; trust me when I say they’ll thank you for it.

Ingredient List

 A sweet ballad of crunchy apples, juicy raisins, and spicy cinnamon
A sweet ballad of crunchy apples, juicy raisins, and spicy cinnamon

Here are the ingredients you will need to make Israeli Charoset:

Fruits and Nuts:

  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 4 cup almonds
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups mixed nuts

Liquid Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup red wine (use sweet wine if you prefer a sweeter charoset)
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 an apple (use sweet apple)
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 an orange


  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


  • You can replace almonds with other nuts such as walnuts, or use a mix of both.
  • You can substitute pitted dates and raisins with dried apricots or prunes.

These ingredients are easily available at grocery stores around the world, making this recipe accessible to everyone. The pitted dates serve as the base for the charoset mixture, while the wine adds sweetness and complexity to the dish. The nutty texture from almonds and mixed nuts complements the sweetness of the fruits.

The Recipe How-To

 A heartwarming representation of Israel's rich cultural heritage
A heartwarming representation of Israel’s rich cultural heritage

After gathering all the ingredients, it’s time to start making the delicious Israeli Charoset! This recipe is incredibly easy and can be made in just a few simple steps.

Step One: Prepare the Fruits and Nuts

First, you’ll want to peel and core two apples. Cut them into small pieces and set aside. Next, take 1 cup of walnuts and chop them into small pieces using a food processor or by hand. Repeat this process with 1 cup of almonds.

Step Two: Mix the Fruits and Nuts

In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped apples, chopped walnuts, and chopped almonds. Add 2 cups of pitted dates, 2 cups of raisins, and a half cup of dried apricots (optional).

Step Three: Make the Wine Syrup

In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup of red wine, 1/4 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of honey (or sugar), and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Stir constantly over medium heat until everything dissolves together in the pan into a syrupy consistency.

Step Four: Combine All Ingredients Together

Pour your prepared wine syrup into your fruit-nut mixture in the mixing bowl. Mix it all together with a spoon until everything is evenly coated.

Step Five: Blend Your Mixture

Take half of your charoset mixture and blend it in a food processor until it forms an apple-sauce-like consistency. This also helps to intensify the sweet flavors from the fruits.

Step Six: Finish Mixing All Ingredients Together

Mix together your blended mixture with the half you left aside. Add grated peel from one orange and two teaspoons of juice from that same orange. Then mix until everything is consistent throughout.

That’s it! Now you should have your very own batch of Israeli Charoset ready to serve at your next Passover Seder meal.

Substitutions and Variations

 A colorful mosaic of flavors and textures
A colorful mosaic of flavors and textures

While the traditional Israeli charoset recipe calls for a particular set of ingredients, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can try to customize to your taste preferences.

1. Fruits and nuts: You have the liberty to use different types of fruits and nuts in your recipe beyond the standard pitted dates and almonds. Some popular options include raisins, walnuts, dried apricots, apple, and banana. The blend of different nuts and fruits will enhance the texture and flavor profile of your charoset recipe.

2. Wine: You can use any type of red wine you prefer for this recipe. If you don’t like red wine, substitute it with grape juice or reduce the wine used without affecting the taste.

3. Sweeteners: For those who prefer their charoset sweet, several sweeteners can be used in place of honey. You can use agave syrup or maple syrup as healthier alternatives.

4. Sephardic-style charoset: Substitute walnuts instead of almonds or add a pinch of cinnamon to give your charoset an extra depth of flavor.

5. Food processor: The traditional methods call for using a mortar, but if you don’t have one at home, use a food processor. The machine makes it easier to get the right consistency without having to spend so much time grinding in the mortar.

It’s worth noting that there aren’t any hard-and-fast rules when it comes to making Israeli charoset recipes. As long as you stick to some basic guidelines and remain creative with your substitution choices, your dish is bound to turn out deliciously different every time!

Serving and Pairing

 Your Passover Seder table's MVP
Your Passover Seder table’s MVP

You’ll be delighted to know that Israeli charoset is one of the most versatile and flexible dishes you can add to your Passover seder meal. It’s best served as a side dish, accompaniment or dip, as it is sweet and nutty in flavor. You can pair it with pretty much anything, from matzo crackers and flatbread, to roasted meats and vegetables.

For a filling breakfast option, spread some charoset on toast or bagels, and top with sliced bananas for an added wholesome touch. Make a fruit salad with apple slices, bananas, and dates and serve over a bowl of yoghurt with a spoonful of charoset mixed in for sweetness. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try adding the charoset to your smoothies for a fiber-rich, antioxidant-packed healthy kickstart to your mornings!

When showcasing the beauty of Israeli cuisine in family gatherings or events, presenting a platter of chopped walnuts, figs, cheese & accompanied by charoset mixed nuts adds enviable sophistication as well as being an easy way to feed guests. However you decide to serve it, this dish will not disappoint.

Finally, don’t be afraid to get creative in your food pairing adventures! As always in cooking, there are no absolutes when making the perfect dish. Always try to keep an open mind and let your taste buds guide you towards culinary excellence.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A delightful accompaniment to matzo crackers
A delightful accompaniment to matzo crackers

Once you’ve made your Israeli Charoset recipe, you may want to consider making it ahead of time, storing it properly, and reheating it if needed. Here’s what you need to know:

– Make-Ahead: You can easily make this charoset recipe in advance. Simply prepare as directed, let cool completely, and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

– Storing: Proper storage will keep your charoset fresh and flavorful. Store this Israeli Charoset in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. When ready to serve, give it a quick stir to redistribute any settled ingredients.

– Reheating: Since this recipe is best served cold, you won’t need to reheat it. However, if you’ve stored it in the refrigerator and find that it’s a little too solid or clumped together, simply let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving. This will make it easier to mix and serve.

Remember that this charoset recipe is meant to be enjoyed fresh and as part of the Passover Seder meal. While storing leftovers is certainly an option, we do recommend enjoying it fresh if possible.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect mixture of tradition and innovation
The perfect mixture of tradition and innovation

To achieve the perfect Israeli Charoset, there are a few tips that can help you. First, make sure your dried fruits are fresh and not hard. Using old and hard dates, for example, can make the charoset more difficult to blend in the food processor, resulting in a clunky texture.

Another tip is to adjust the consistency of the charoset to your liking. If you prefer a smoother texture, use a high-powered blender instead of a food processor. You can also add more or less liquid to achieve your desired thickness.

It’s essential to taste the charoset as you go so that you can adjust the flavors accordingly. If it’s too sweet, add a bit of lemon juice or grated orange zest to balance it out. If it’s too dry, add more wine or juice to create more moisture.

If you want to make a nut-free version, try using roasted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds instead of almonds or walnuts.

When serving the charoset, be creative with your presentation! You can serve it in a traditional bowl or mold, or use cookie cutters to create fun shapes on a plate.

Finally, remember that practice makes perfect. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredient combinations and ratios until you find the perfect Israeli Charoset recipe that suits your taste preferences.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, with this Israeli Charoset recipe, you can have a taste of tradition and culture in your meals. Throughout the years, this dish has been a staple part of Passover celebrations, and its sweet, nutty, and fruity taste is truly hard to resist.

Remember to use fresh ingredients, experiment with variations and substitutions, and follow the recipe instructions step by step for the perfect results. Above all, cherish every moment in the kitchen by sharing experiences with both loved ones and new acquaintances. Let this traditional dish bring people together.

So gather around the Passover Seder meal and enjoy every spoonful of this delicious charoset mixture made with love.

Just as Mari Levine once said,”the meal gives us an opportunity to pause and remember where we came from.” As you savor the flavors of this timeless recipe, appreciate the rich history it holds, and make new memories with those cherished moments shared around the table.

Israeli Charoset

Israeli Charoset Recipe

Charoset is used at the Passover seder. This recipe is originally found in "Tastes of Jewish Tradition."
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer/Side dish
Cuisine Israeli
Servings 3 cups
Calories 652.5 kcal


  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 1 cup roasted almonds
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons red passover wine


  • Process all ingredients in a food processor until a thick paste forms.

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Serving: 580gCalories: 652.5kcalCarbohydrates: 107.2gProtein: 13.5gFat: 24.9gSaturated Fat: 1.9gSodium: 3.7mgFiber: 15.9gSugar: 82.3g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Easy, Fruit, Healthy, Kosher, Low Cholesterol, Nuts, Small Appliance
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