This time of year it’s all chocolate bunnies and jelly beans everywhere you turn. And though I’m a big fan of all things candy and sugar, I simply couldn’t conjure the appetite or insulin production required to feature an intoxicatingly sweet recipe that you might’ve come to expect this time of year.
Just when I had considered throwing in the towel and completely giving up on any hope of writing a post for the Easter/Passover holidays, my co-worker Tiffany told me about Charoset. It’s a Passover food served at the Seder meal and consists of fruit, nuts, honey, and wine. No chocolate. No bunnies. No marshmallows. I was sold.
I did a bit of internet research and found that this dish can be made a variety of ways, so I opted to get creative and make it my own. I incorporated pears, mango, orange juice, and balsamic vinegar (in lieu of wine), but ultimately stuck to the Charoset framework.
Ingredients: (makes 4 to 6 servings)
1 Tablespoon honey
Juice and zest of 1 lemon (divided)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 apple (cored and chopped)
1 pear (cored and chopped)
1 mango (peeled, cored and chopped)
1/2 cup walnuts (rough chopped and toasted)
1/3 a 170z bottle of orange juice (feel free to go with an orange combo juice such as orange mango or orange pineapple, etc)
Directions: Lightly toast walnuts in a small pan over low heat and set aside to cool.
Place chopped/peeled/cored fruit in a bowl. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 the lemon over top, mix and set aside.
In a small sauce pan on low heat, melt the honey and balsamic together to form a syrup. Add the remaining lemon juice and 1/2 the lemon zest. Stir until heated through then pour over top of the fruit and mix well.
Then, add the remaining lemon zest to the fruit.
Add in the orange juice and walnuts and mix well.
Serve family style or in individual fruit cups.
Dive in immediately, or allow the fruit to marinate a bit first. Either way, it’s very tasty.
It’s actually a great spring or summer salad ,for breakfast, picnics, or any occasion. Light, refreshing, and sweet. No chocolate. No Bunnies. No problem.
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