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The Perfect Passover Haroset

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

Haroset is the one of the six symbolic foods that are part of the Seder plate and used at rituals during passover. Haroset is a delicious sweet paste made with a mix of fruits, wine and nuts, and symbolizes the mortar that the Israelite slaves used to construct the pyramids for Pharaoh. It is the condiment that everyone anxiously awaits to devour at the Seder table!

The Haroset has many variations. Ashkenazi Jews use apples and Sephardic Jews use dates or figs. My recipe is a combination of both styles, and every year I make extra only to discover it’s never enough!


1 sweet apple, grated

8 medjool dates, chopped

¼ cup toasted walnuts, chopped

2 tablespoons golden raisins

2 tablespoons sherry or sweet red wine

½ teaspoon lemon zest

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

teaspoon ground nutmeg

Pinch of salt


Mix all the ingredients together until well incorporated. Store in an airtight container in the fridge up to 5 days.


This recipe serves 4. I recommend doubling the recipe.

I use Sherry in the recipe. You can also use Manischewitz wine or port, and for an alcohol-free version use grape juice.

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