Sephardic-Style Charoset


There is an old Pessach song that we sing in the seder that describes how I feel in the spring:

“Simcha raba, simcha raba” – Great joy, great joy

“Aviv hegia'” – Spring has arrived

“Pessach ba!” – Passover came!

Charoset is a sticky, sweet symbolic food that Jews eat during the Passover seder every year. The word Charoset derives from the Hebrew word cheres (חרס), which means “clay.”

There are so many ways to make it but this is my favorite because it isn’t as sweet as the Ashkenazi (European Jews) charoset recipe.

Happy Passover!

God I love spring!

Sephardic-Style Charoset

Simple charoset with dates, nuts and apple.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Jewish
Keyword: Condiment
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Shelly



  • 2 cups pitted medjool dates
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • ½ " piece of ginger (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar


  • Put all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse for 1 - 2 minutes or until all the ingredients are finely chopped. Transfer the Charoset into a jar or a container and refrigerate until serving.

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  1. Your mother-in-law gave me your name and wiebste. I am a registered dietitian and work in the same hospital with her. She knew I was preparing for a presentation on the gluten-free diet. I have very much enjoyed your blog and the humor in your review of different products, including this matzo. Thx v much

  2. Hi Shelley,
    Could you please contact me offline? I’d like to ask your permission to include your charoset recipe on a website I’m developing that includes a variety of charoset recipes from around the world.

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