Charoset Salad for Passover

by Dorothy Reinhold on March 19, 2017

Print This Post Print This Post Charoset Salad takes the wonderful flavor of traditional charoset and saladizes it, with chunky apples and dates in a fresh spinach salad, dressed with a cinnamony wine-balsamic drizzle. You'll want it all year long, not just for Passover.

Charoset Salad takes the wonderful flavor of traditional charoset and saladizes it, with chunky apples and dates in a fresh spinach salad, dressed with a cinnamony wine-balsamic drizzle. You’ll want it all year long, not just for Passover.

As a lifelong apple and cinnamon addict, my secret favorite part of the Passover meal was always Charoset, the sweet and sticky finely chopped apple and nut mixture served on the Passover Seder Plate.

To me, it was like chunky apple butter on steroids, like the best applesauce I EVER had, like the inside of a cinnamony apple pie, and like the best thing on the plate.

When I began dating (and then married) a Jewish man and accompanied him to family holiday dinners, I learned that the color and texture of charoset, (aka haroset or charoses) was meant to represent the mortar or mud the Israelites used to make bricks while they were slaves in Egypt. Deep meaning for food, right there on the plate.

Depending on your heritage, charoset might be more like a paste or a dip, or a chunky fruit-and nut salad, and it might have apples, walnuts, cinnamon, sweet wine and honey, or raisins, figs, dates and apricots or pears. Pomegranates, grapes, date syrup and saffron might also make an appearance, depending on where your people are from.

Green leafy Charoset Salad with apples, dates and nuts in a white bowl with silver serving spoons in the bowlSo when I saw a recipe for Charoset Salad in the lively new cookbook Perfect for Pesach: Passover Recipes You’ll Want to Make All Year,” by Naomi Nachman (2017; Artscroll/Shaar Press; $29.99), I stood up and saluted. {affiliate link}

Here was my longed-for, California-style interpretation of the tradition, a saladized version, all ready for prime time!

Charoset Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Serves 8.

Charoset Salad

Charoset Salad takes the wonderful flavor of traditional charoset and saladizes it, with chunky apples and dates in a fresh spinach salad, dressed with a cinnamony wine-balsamic drizzle. You'll want it all year long, not just for Passover.


  • Candied Almonds
  • 1 cup blanched, sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • .
  • Dressing
  • 1/2 cup sweet red wine (or Cream Malaga, see note below*)
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • .
  • Salad
  • 5-6 ounces baby spinach OR choice of lettuce
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, with peel, diced
  • 8 dried dates, pitted and diced


  1. Prepare candied almonds: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add almonds, sugar, and cinnamon; cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sugar is dissolved — do not overcook or sugar will burn. Spread the nuts in a single layer on prepared baking pan; set aside to cool.
  2. Prepare the dressing: Combine all dressing ingredients in a container; cover tightly and shake to combine.
  3. Assemble the salad: Add spinach, apples, dates, and candied almonds to a large bowl. Just before serving, drizzle with desired amount of dressing (you will have extra); toss to combine.
  4. Serves 8.


Prepare ahead: Nuts can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week. Dressing can be prepared ahead and stored in the fridge for about a week.

Cook's Tips: --Be careful when working with the candied almonds, as hot sugar can cause a painful burn. --This recipe makes a large quantity of dressing. Keep any extra in the fridge and use it to dress salads all week. --*Cream Malaga is a specially sweetened fruity wine with a generous mouth feel that has the aroma and flavor of fresh Concord grapes.

Recipe source: From "Perfect for Pesach: Passover Recipes You'll Want to Make All Year," by Naomi Nachman. Photos by Miriam Pascal. (Artscroll/Shaar Press, March 2017; $29.99)

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Leafy green salad with apples and nuts in a white bowl being held above a beige textured background

The cookbook

Cover of Perfect for Pesach cookbook by Naomi NachmanPerfect for Pesach: Passover Recipes You’ll Want to Make All Year,” by Naomi Nachman (2017; Artscroll/Shaar Press; $29.99). The author, a chef, caterer and radio show host, has her oven mitts on the modern pulse of the home kitchen, with creative flavor combos and traditional dishes updated to today. She shares popular recipes from more than 20 years of cooking and catering for Passover. And she wants you to cook these dishes all year long, not just for the holiday week. Each of the more than 125 delicious recipes features a beautifully photographed picture by kosher blogger and cookbook author Miriam Pascal. In addition, Naomi provides numerous Cook’s Tips culled from her years of professional experience. She also includes Freezer Tips, Prep Ahead, How-to information, and recommendations for basic kitchen equipment.

Look at some of her delicious looking creations… 

White hummus with green parsley and red paprika on top in a wooden bowlQuinoa Hummus

Rack of 7 meaty ribs with bones on a wooden cutting board Maple Glazed Rack of Ribs

Noodles with carrot shreds and chopped onions in a white bowl with chopsticks set on topMock Sesame Noodles

2 layer Pavlova dessert with white whipped cream and strawberries and kiwi on top on a white cake stand set against a black backgroundPavlova

And for any cooks in the family, this book would make a wonderful gift. It might be a welcome new tradition to start a collection of Passover-friendly cookbooks, to spark your family’s celebrations.

Another Passover recipe: Fudgy Chocolate Bundt Cake with Coffee GlazeFudgy Chocolate Bundt Cake with Coffee Glaze for Passover

turquoise heart plateHead here for Naomi’s Fudgy Chocolate Bundt Cake with Coffee Glaze. Best friends chocolate and coffee…you’ll want it. The salad and then the cake…can I call that my dinner?

Disclosure: The publisher sent a copy of the book for review.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela March 24, 2017 at 5:34 am

This looks beautiful! I’m sure it is delicious!


Sandra Shaffer March 23, 2017 at 8:12 pm

What a gorgeous looking salad. Now I’m intrigued to give this a try. I’ve never had charoset salad. I love all things with cinnamon too!


debi at Life Currents March 23, 2017 at 7:26 am

This salad looks delicious. I’ve never tried charoset before, so I’ll be on the lookout for it now! Thanks!


Erica S March 23, 2017 at 7:23 am

This recipe looks glorious! The colors, the sweet pear – I love the red wine with balsamic in the dressing too. This is fabulous.


Michelle De La Cerda March 22, 2017 at 8:12 pm

I love that you shared the meaning behind the dish. I love the history and meaning of things (food included). To me it enhances the whole eating experience. It’s a beautiful salad and I know I’d enjoy it.


Jen March 22, 2017 at 2:45 pm

This looks so flavorful! I love the candied almonds! And that dressing sounds amazing too!


Megan @ MegUnprocessed March 22, 2017 at 2:31 pm

Look at all those good greens! Yum!


lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons March 22, 2017 at 10:31 am

This looks SO awesome! I also LOVE apples and cinnamon!


Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy March 22, 2017 at 8:39 am

What a unique salad! Love the candied nuts!


Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny March 22, 2017 at 7:37 am

The crunch from those candied almonds! <3


Melanie | Melanie Makes March 21, 2017 at 7:52 pm

Love the historical significance of this salad!


Erin @ The Speckled Palate March 21, 2017 at 6:03 pm

I’ve never tried charoset before, but I definitely want to give it a go now! This sounds utterly delicious!


Renee - Kudos Kitchen March 21, 2017 at 4:12 pm

This looks so fresh and colorful. I also love apple and cinnamon so I know I’d love this salad. I’ll have to try it.


Renee - Kudos Kitchen March 21, 2017 at 4:04 pm

This looks fantastically fresh and colorful!


christine March 21, 2017 at 9:42 am

I’ve never heard of this dish. Love the flavors happening, especially the cinnamon.


Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling March 21, 2017 at 7:10 am

I’m really LOVING the flavors in this salad! Cinnamon? YUM!


Maeva @ Cook A Life! by Maeva March 21, 2017 at 3:56 am

Didn’t know this Charoset salad but I like everything in it and I have everything at home right now so I’ll try it soon!


Amanda | The Chunky Chef March 20, 2017 at 6:15 pm

What a great looking salad! Beautiful colors 🙂


Kelly - A Side of Sweet March 20, 2017 at 3:39 pm

This is my first time hearing of a charoset salad – sounds amazing!


Jen March 20, 2017 at 3:35 pm

I’ve never heard of Charoset Salad before but it sounds wonderful and love that there’s meaning to the dish. Looks fantastic!


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