Healthy Walnut Recipes

Find healthy, delicious walnut recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Walnut-Rosemary Crusted Salmon

Rating: 4.91 stars 25
Salmon and walnuts are both great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Pair this easy salmon recipe with a simple salad and a side of roasted potatoes or quinoa.

Chicken & Vegetable Penne with Parsley-Walnut Pesto

Rating: 4 stars 2
Homemade pesto may seem daunting, but in this quick pasta recipe you can make a simple sauce in minutes while the pasta water comes to a boil. You can substitute frozen green beans and cauliflower for fresh; in Step 4, cook the frozen vegetables according to package directions before tossing with the pasta and pesto.

Cranberry Salad

This colorful and healthy cranberry salad will brighten up any Thanksgiving spread. It's sweet but not overly so, with juicy oranges, crunchy walnuts and crisp celery and apples. It's easy to make and can be prepped ahead--plus, you can use fresh or frozen cranberries, which extends the season of this salad. We call for Honeycrisp apples, but Gala or Fuji would also work well. Serve this cranberry salad with your Thanksgiving turkey, of course, or try it with chicken or pork any time of year.

Apple Crisp with Cranberries

Rating: 5 stars 1
Sticking to its food-waste mission, L.A. Kitchen created this dessert to work with almost any fruit you have on hand. We've done it here with pears and apples, but you can use berries or even tropical fruits instead. The addition of dried fruit adds a concentrated hit of flavor you won't get from fresh alone.

Peach-Cranberry Coffeecake

Rating: 5 stars 1
For a twist on the classic coffeecake, try this diabetic-friendly peach and cranberry version.

Pear, Gorgonzola & Walnut Salad

Rating: 5 stars 2
The light and refreshing vinaigrette in this side salad offsets the tangy funk of Gorgonzola and sweetness from the raisins and pears. Even better, this salad celebrates fall and has beautiful colors. Feel free to get creative with this salad: Add chicken to make it meal-worthy, choose a different nut or swap Bosc pears for your favorite variety. Be sure to wait to dress this salad until ready to serve or the greens will wilt.

Spinach-Strawberry Salad with Feta & Walnuts

Rating: 4.33 stars 3
Sweet strawberries, salty feta and crunchy walnuts jazz up a simple spinach salad. The balsamic vinaigrette is incredibly easy; fresh shallots add more zip than you'll find in any commercial dressing.

Roasted Cauliflower & Walnut Dip

Rating: 5 stars 1
This creamy roasted cauliflower dip has the texture of hummus but swaps chickpeas for roasted cauliflower and walnuts for tahini. A head of roasted garlic--which is cooked at the same time as the cauliflower--gives it great flavor.

Honey Walnut Shrimp

Rating: 5 stars 2
We gave a healthy spin to this popular takeout favorite. Walnuts are given a brown sugar coating that pairs nicely with sweet and savory shrimp. Serve the shrimp with rice and steamed veggies to make it a full, healthy meal. This ultra-quick dinner recipe is sure to become a new weeknight favorite.

Slow-Cooker Maple-Walnut Carrots

Rating: 4 stars 2
The hint of maple syrup and brandy elevates these slow-cooker carrots, transforming them into a holiday-worthy side dish. You can easily double this to feed a crowd. We use stem-on rainbow carrots for their beauty, but regular carrots work just as well.

Arugula Salad with Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Pears & Blue Cheese

Rating: 5 stars 2
Toasted walnuts and roasted pork tenderloin make this elegant salad worthy of company, yet it's easy enough to prepare on a weeknight!

Basil Pesto Pasta with Grilled Vegetables

Rating: 5 stars 2
This dish is an easy way to turn grilled vegetables into a satisfying meal, thanks to hearty whole-grain pasta and a quick homemade pesto.
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Inspiration and Ideas

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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Avocado & Walnuts
Rating: Unrated 1
Serve this summery strawberry spinach salad alongside soup or a half sandwich, or top with grilled chicken or roasted salmon for a complete and easy healthy meal.

Banana, Raisin & Walnut Baked Oatmeal

Rating: 5 stars
3

How do you make oatmeal even easier? Bake it! Here we combine oats with milk and yogurt and flavor them with spices. Banana and raisins add natural sweetness. Once combined, the oatmeal is baked in the oven for a no-fuss breakfast the whole family will love.