Grandma Ruth's Passover Haroset

This sweet Passover spread appears on ritual Seder plates around the world. It symbolizes the mortar enslaved Israelites used when building Egyptian cities.

Grandma Ruth's Passover Haroset
Photo: Carson Downing
Total Time:
20 mins
2 cups


  • 1 ½ cup diced tart apples (about 1 or 2 apples)

  • ½ cup raw walnuts

  • 4 prunes, pitted and quartered (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ cup sweet Concord wine (preferably Manischewitz) or sweet grape juice

  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)


  1. In a chopping bowl or food processor combine apples, walnuts, and prunes (if using). Hand-chop or pulse until coarsely ground. Transfer to a bowl.

  2. Add cinnamon and wine (or grape juice). Stir and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes as the flavors meld. Taste and adjust with more cinnamon, wine or grape juice, honey or maple syrup, and lemon juice. Makes 2 cups.


If using food processor, pulse until it's as chunky or fine as you like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

138 Calories
10g Fat
9g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 138
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0.2mg 1%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 111mg 2%
Folate, total 15.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*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.

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