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Vanilla Bean Flans with Agave Syrup & Caramelized Walnuts

This melt-in-your-mouth custard is delicately flavored with vanilla bean and lightly sweetened with agave syrup. Crunchy caramelized walnuts are an addictively delicious topping. Adapted from Cooking with the Seasons at Rancho La Puerta: Recipes from the World-Famous Spa (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2008) by Deborah Szekely and Deborah M. Schneider with Chef Jesùs González, Chef of La Cocina Que Canta.

» Vanilla Bean Flans with Agave Syrup & Caramelized Walnuts

Blue Cheese-Walnut Green Beans

Tender-crisp green beans tossed with creamy blue cheese and topped with toasted walnuts pair well with grilled steak or chicken.

» Blue Cheese-Walnut Green Beans

Orange-Walnut Salad with Chicken

Orange segments, toasted walnuts and tangy goat cheese brighten up this simple salad. Try this salad for a take-along lunch. To keep the salad greens from getting soggy, pack the greens, salad toppings and dressing in separate containers and toss them together just before eating.

» Orange-Walnut Salad with Chicken

Orange-Walnut Vinaigrette

Try this orange-walnut vinaigrette with a salad of bitter greens.

» Orange-Walnut Vinaigrette

Rustic Parsley & Orzo Soup with Walnuts

This soup recipe is based on a traditional pasta dish that consists of lots of parsley, garlic, chopped walnuts, hot chile and olive oil, all fried up and tossed with pasta. We amped up the greens, made the pasta a nutritious supporting player and turned the recipe into a soup. It’s best served immediately, because the orzo will absorb liquid as the soup is held. Thin any leftover soup with more vegetable broth, if desired. Recipe by Anna Thomas for EatingWell.

» Rustic Parsley & Orzo Soup with Walnuts

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap-Walnut Crust

We pulled out a few of our favorite EatingWell tricks to achieve plenty of creaminess in our pumpkin cheesecake without all the saturated fat of a typical recipe: nutrient-packed canned pumpkin and pureed nonfat cottage cheese replace some of the cream cheese. A touch of pumpkin pie spice warms up the flavor. For the crust, shop the natural-foods section for gingersnaps without any hydrogenated oil. Simple toasted walnuts are an elegant garnish. Or try making candied walnuts. Just be careful not to eat all of them before they make it to the cake!

» Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap-Walnut Crust

Candied Walnuts

Use these pretty candied walnuts as a dessert garnish. Try them on top of a pumpkin cheesecake or your favorite holiday dessert.

» Candied Walnuts


Walnuts aren't just for snacking or topping your salad; they’re also a healthy addition to many desserts, breakfast recipes and main-course meals. Our healthy walnut recipes, including walnut cake recipes, walnut salad recipes and more walnut dessert recipes, are healthy ways to eat more nuts. Walnuts (185 calories per 14 halves or 1 ounce) are the only nuts that offer a significant amount of the omega-3 fat alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and can help lower cholesterol. Start cooking with walnuts with our healthy walnut recipes.

Healthy Walnut Cake Recipes

Caramelized apple slices are the perfect complement to the...
This decadent, omega-3-rich cake was inspired by flourless...
Like many Greek and Middle Eastern sweets, this date-walnut...
A rich, flavorful syrup infuses this Mediterranean-inspired...
Reminiscent of a British sticky toffee pudding, this cake...
Pears, cranberries and walnuts combine in this delicious...
We pulled out a few of our favorite EatingWell tricks to...
A spice-rich autumn treat with a sweet, walnut glaze, this...
Rosemary contributes an ever-so-subtle fragrance to this...

Healthy Walnut Dessert Recipes

For a good supply of lunchbox treats, make a double batch...
If you can manage to save one, there's nothing like a...
For this tart a few tablespoons of maple syrup sweeten the...
Use these pretty candied walnuts as a dessert garnish. Try...
Chocolate wafer cookies and toasted walnuts are a...
These sweet wontons are filled with walnuts and dates.
Turn comforting tapioca pudding into a special dessert for...
There is nothing like the sight of late-summer fruit piled...
This melt-in-your-mouth custard is delicately flavored with...

Healthy Walnut Salad Recipes & Salad Dressing Recipes

Try this orange-walnut vinaigrette with a salad of bitter...
Orange segments, toasted walnuts and tangy goat cheese...
Toasted chopped walnuts are echoed in the walnut oil...
Looking for a new way to dress up your tuna salad routine?...
Common in Indian and Middle Eastern cooking, pomegranate...
This colorful salad makes a fine prelude to a hearty dinner...
This simple first-course salad works best with a balanced...

More Healthy Walnut Recipes

Crisp and chewy, this bar is a good-for-you alternative to...
Here, mashed banana lends both sweetness and potassium,...
Tender-crisp green beans tossed with creamy blue cheese and...
For this simple sautéed chard, flavored with rich-tasting...
Gorgeous-looking and lively tasting, this dish is rich in...
Here we roast a variety of roots with a brown sugar-cider...
Fresh cranberries get crunch from walnuts and an infusion...
No time to make homemade cranberry sauce? No problem—just...
The perennial bakery favorite gets a healthy makeover.
There is a joyous interplay of tastes and textures in this...
Pita rounds make quick pizza crusts. But topped with the...
This soup recipe is based on a traditional pasta dish that...
The joy of stir-frying is that an interesting dish like...
Keep these nuts on hand for stir-fries, salads or snacking.
Lisa Asuncion Feliciano of Manila, Philippines, shared this...

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