When thinking of walnuts, one's mind instantly goes to holiday baking. Sure, walnuts are a key part of our holiday treats and traditions, but they're also a versatile nut that's fabulous in a multitude of recipes and they pack a punch of healthy fats and beneficial antioxidants in every bite. How can you incorporate more walnuts into your diet? Read on for a host of recipes covering any of your needs - appetizers, entrees, vegan & vegetarian options, and of course... dessert!
Walnut Appetizers and Sides
Goat Cheese and Walnut Tarts by Domestikated Life is a must-have recipe for any last minute entertaining. It's simple to make and calls on a few popular products like puff pastry and goat cheese. Adding in chopped walnuts gives these the perfect crunch, and topping it off with some fresh thyme and honey will make your guests go back for seconds. As Kate so perfectly describes these, "the nutty, crunchy depth of the walnuts plays off the smooth, creamy goat cheese and buttery flaky pastry; the honey adds just a touch of sweetness and the herbs bring in an earthy component."
Apple Walnut Salad by Centsless Deals makes a great side dish or dessert salad and it's a potluck favorite that will have everyone asking for the recipe. It's got a vintage vibe to it and is a fabulous addition to any holiday spread as well. Cool, creamy, tart and a bit sweet, it mixes together ingredients like apples, cream cheese, Greek yogurt, vanilla, brown sugar, and chopped walnuts. No cooking required with this recipe and it can be prepared ahead of time!
Roasted Pears with Cranberries, Blue Cheese & Walnuts by Spoonful of Flavor is a simple, elegant salad or side dish that goes perfectly with any meal. Baked in a mildly sweet cider and port wine sauce, these pears are stuffed with dried cranberries, blue cheese and walnuts before being roasted to perfection. Simply place them on a bed of arugula tossed in a light dressing and serve!
Vegan and Vegetarian Walnut Dishes
Sausage-Style Walnut Meat by Plant Power Couple is a fantastic vegan swap for sausage and can be used in any recipe that calls for sausage! Pastas, pizzas, breakfast dishes (egg replacement scrambles or breakfast tacos? Yes!), dips, appetizers... you name it, it works great. Simply gather the vegan-friendly ingredients and a hearty helping of soaked walnuts, blitz it all in a food processor, and you're ready to go!
Walnut Meat Tacos with Lime Cashew Cream by V Nutrition use walnuts as an alternative to ground beef taco meat and are topped with a cream made out of another favorite nut of ours - cashews! These vegan tacos are soy-free and packed with tons of flavor. Mary Ellen breaks the recipe down into separate components, so if cabbage and lime cashew cream aren't your thing you can easily swap for any of your favorite taco fixings.
Black Bean Walnut Burgers with Saucy Sweet Onions by Vanilla and Bean are vegan and vegetarian friendly and can easily be gluten free as well. These burger patties are easy enough to whip up and, for the ultimate convenience, can be frozen either raw or after cooking! Yes, there are a decent amount of ingredients in the patties, but that brings a whole host of flavor and a fabulous texture, as well as lots of nourishment.
Pasta with Creamy Vegan Walnut-Tomato Sauce by Erin Lives Whole is an easy one pot meal that is creamy and delicious. With walnuts toasted and then incorporated into the sauce and also ground up to a fine crumb for a "breadcrumb" topping, you don't miss out on any of their delicious flavor. This recipe whips up in 30 minutes or less and is fresh, flavorful, and healthy.
Walnuts in Entrees
Maple Walnut Crusted Salmon by The Healthy Foodie is a quick, easy, and delectable dinner that you can have dished up in minutes. The subtly sweet sauce with a bit smokiness and hint of spice pairs perfectly with the buttery crunch of the walnuts to make every single bite delicious. For an extra kick, drizzle your cooked salmon with a bit of melted ghee or butter and a few more drops of maple syrup. Perfection!
Risotto with Wild Mushrooms, Walnuts, & Sage by Sur La Table is creamy, earthy, and the perfect hearty meal or side for a fall or winter day. This recipe can be personalized by swapping up the type of mushrooms used and can also be made vegetarian or vegan friendly by using a parmesan cheese substitute. Toasted walnuts make the perfect topping to add a buttery crunch and add the perfect amount of fresh flavor to such a warm and creamy dish.
Walnut Crusted Chicken by Savory Experiments is a "skinny" version of a classic chicken cutlet. The buttery flavor and crunch of the walnuts paired with fresh rosemary gives the chicken a fresh, earthy flavor that no breadcrumb could ever match. This dish comes together with ease and can be ready to eat in just over 30 minutes. Pair it with the lemon yogurt sauce listed in the blog as well for a perfectly zesty pairing!
Apple Walnut Oatmeal Cookies by Great Grub, Delicious Treats is a guaranteed hit for all oatmeal cookie lovers. These are loaded with apple chunks, walnut pieces, and cinnamon and drizzled with glaze to make a soft, thick, chewy, delicious cookie. This is a quick and easy recipe - you can be munching on these, warm and fresh from the oven, in just over 30 minutes!
Maple Walnut Coffee Cake by Handle the Heat is a light and fluffy coffee cake that is perfectly moist and chock-full of those fall inspired flavors we all love. Nutty and sweet, a slice of this is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or an anytime snack. With chopped walnuts incorporated into the cake and streusel, you won't miss out on their delightful flavor and perfect crunch.
Dark Chocolate Walnut Blondies by Barefeet in the Kitchen are an absolutely delectable dessert - imagine a brownie and a chocolate chip cookie combined and you've got this rich, chewy, flavorful dessert that's impossible to not love. It has dark chocolate morsels and crunchy walnuts in every bite, which complement each other perfectly. Plus, with only 9 ingredients required that are all pantry staples, you could be whipping up a batch of these right now.
Walnut Maple Pie by Elise Bauer is a variation of a pecan pie - fresh chopped walnuts, custardy base, and sweetened with maple syrup. While regular pecan pie recipes call for a corn syrup sweetener, swapping that out for maple syrup helps balance the mild bitterness customary to walnuts. If you're looking for a nutty dessert that isn't overly sweet but packs a lot of flavor, this one is a winner.