Boost the nutrition power of your salad by adding walnuts in a new, delicious way! This satisfying summer salad is perfect as an appetizer or as a meal.
I received free samples of California walnuts mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Walnut Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
This month California Walnuts challenged Recipe Redux members to incorporate walnuts with other whole foods to create dishes that are nutritious, satisfying, and delicious. It’s no secret that I’m a big advocate for including heart-healthy nuts in the diet—as you can tell from my ‘5 Reasons to Eat Nuts‘ post.
Walnuts are a versatile ingredient and when combined with other whole foods, you can create nutritious and tasty meals you can feel good about. Just one ounce of walnuts has 2.5 grams of the essential plant-based omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of ﬁber to keep you feeling full.DYK 1oz walnuts has 2.5 grams of plant-based omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid? Learn more about @CaWalnuts #ad Click To Tweet
What I love about this recipe is the variety of texture and flavors going on. There’s a crunchy, nutty coating on the tomato which stands out against the cool, crisp lettuce and the creamy mozzarella and avocado. And then there’s the homemade pesto!
Pesto is traditionally made with pine nuts but walnuts work just as well and provide more of a nutritional punch than pine nuts. It never occurred to me to add avocado when making pesto but I really loved the thicker, creamier texture compared to pesto made with olive oil. While pesto can be thin, the thicker texture was preferred in this recipe to add a little extra crunch to the salad. I’m excited to try this walnut-avocado pesto in other dishes, like pasta and on sandwiches!Boost the nutrition power of your salad by adding walnuts in a new, delicious way! @CaWalnuts #ad Click To Tweet
A touch of balsamic vinegar on top of this salad and you’re all set. No need for salad dressing here. Just let all of the amazing flavors of each ingredient shine through!
What’s your favorite way to enjoy walnuts? As a snack, on salads, in baked goods? The possibilities are endless when it comes to incorporating walnuts into cooking but no matter how you enjoy them, you’ll benefit from their important nutrients! Be sure to check out all of the other recipes in the California Walnut “We Heart Walnuts” recipe gallery.