Take a trip south of the border with this Mexican Chopped Salad. Ole!
This festive rice salad boasts sweet cranberries, walnuts and a splash of citrus flavor. Perfect for serving at a holiday buffet table – most of the salad can be prepared ahead of time – simply add the chopped veggies just before serving.
On every table in Greece, there is a mass of small bowls filled with dips, spreads and purees called meze. One of the most popular is skordalia. This variation on the classic is made with toasted walnuts and spinach. This skordalia is delicious with skewers of chicken, fish or beef but it’s also fantastic served with crispy pita chips. Perfect for those crazy weekday nights.
A great way to get kids to eat their greens is to put them in a shake or a smoothie. And what better way to start the day than with a creamy shake made with soaked walnuts (turned into walnut cream), kale and every kiddos go-to fruit, bananas. Sweetened ever so slightly with agave nectar or honey, they’ll never know just how many nutrients their morning shake supplies. Prep your walnuts the night before for a fast, easy breakfast shake.
By Chef Ken Frank at La Toque restaurant in Napa, CA
This delicious recipe was created by Chef Laurie Erickson as seen on the Dr. Oz show.
Unlike many other delicious, rich chocolate-based dishes, there is no “decadent” in this recipe title. That is because (and it might seem too good to be true) this recipe is actually full of desirable antioxidants and healthy omega-3 oils: dark chocolate, cinnamon, and walnuts. “Health foods” all the way!
By Parke Ulrich, Executive Chef at Waterbar restaurant in San Francisco
Impress friends and family at your next holiday gathering. A sweet and crunchy streusel tops off a warm sweet potato dish.
Pistachios add a novel twist to this robust stuffing with a sweet touch of apple. Great with turkey, chicken or just served with some bread or salad.
Salmon is the perfect fish to stand up against a thick and flavor-packed glaze, as seen in this recipe. The crisp salad on the side adds a delicious texural element to the plate.
The fresh greens are paired with thinly sliced apples, tomatoes and onions and spiced up with a flavorful dressing. The salad is topped off with candied pistachios.
This easy salad recipe with toasted walnuts is perfect for a summer picnic, in a sandwich, or as a light snack in pita bread. You can vary the flavor by adding apple, pear, or even apricots instead of grapes. A little cumin or curry powder in the dressing adds an international flair.
An easy-to-make twist on a traditional pasta dish, the roasted squash brings out a sensational sweet flavor to an otherwise savory dish.
Before spring fruit arrives in the market we rely on apples and pears for great fresh flavor. The honey and vanilla combines with the lemon juice to create a delicious sauce. Use all apples or all pears if necessary… it’s more important to choose ripe fruit and cook until tender rather than relying on cooking time alone.
A protein rich, smooth and succulent smoothie with the earthy undertones and texture of almond butter. You could also add some sliced almonds for another textural surprise. Substitute with your favorite fruit, which can be frozen in zip lock bags when in season, to use throughout the year.
Sparkling like jewels, berries at their peak in summertime are captured in a flavorful jelly. Any combination of berries will work as well as pomegranate seeds. By using a flavorful juice that’s naturally sweet you eliminate the need for added sugar.
Try this healthy twist on traditional hamurgers! Celery and macadamia nuts will give your burger extra crunch and flavor.
A wonderfully exotic salad with the sweet, salty crunch of pistachios and strawberries to compliment the peppery arugula. Great for an elegant dinner party or just special treat for a relaxed lunch.
You’ll have guests and family alike begging for more of this delectable twist on the usual pork loin.
Summer comes to life with a fresh, luscious halibut dish, with a gorgeous crust and burst of salad underneath.
A fresh Atlantic salmon is gently drizzled with olive oil, lightly coated with a sweet honey and topped with finely crushed pistachios.
By Chef Chung Chow, noreetuh restaurant in New York
Topped off with basil-chive vinaigrette, this salad is packed with healthy veggies and crisp almonds.
Spicy trout salsa livens up a cool, creamy spring pea soup for a bowl full of flavor.
This is a hearty and enticing recipe perfect for a spring day.
A surprising use of quinoa: It’s soaked and then dry-toasted, rather than cooked in water. The results are crunchy and revelatory! When you top a layered fruit-and-yogurt arrangement with this-plus-walnuts, you will have a new and instantly popular breakfast treat in your repertoire.
Grilled mushrooms with grape tomatoes and goat cheese make this a healthy, low-calorie option.
The flavors of the Mediterranean shine in this easy main dish salad. Use lemon pepper seasoning instead of Greek seasoning, if you like.
Risotto is a hearty dish that fills you up in the fall months when it starts to cool down outside. The crunch of pecans adds a textural treat to the creamy risotto.
Stews taste even better the next day which offers a great excuse for cooking a large batch to serve later in the week. It's also easy to double the recipe and freeze some. You can use thick-cut, boneless, loin chops, trimmed of all the fat for a dish elegant enough for a dinner party.
Tree nuts are not only a delicious and healthy snack that can be eaten plain any time of the day, they can be “jazzed up” to give a special touch for any occasion or taste. Here are a few ideas to get your own creative juices inspired!Liven up your New Year’s Celebration with a Healthy Dose of Nuts
Whether you’re planning to serve appetizers, platters or desserts and sweets, nuts can add a tasty, unique and healthy twist to all kinds of dishes. And, for a bonus, they add some terrific nutritional benefits!Add a Cool Nutty Touch to Summer’s Bounty
It’s the season where farmers’ markets pop up on every street corner, and the sun-kissed flavors make food so much more enjoyable. Tree nuts can add not only a delightful crunch and toasty flavor to the plate, they bring greater satiety and nutritional value, meaning you’ll want to snack less...