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Toasted walnut raspberry vinaigrette salad recipe: Healthy and tasty

Written By | Apr 17, 2018
Walnuts, Toasted Walnuts, Vinaigrette Dressing, Recipe

SAN DIEGO:  A springtime Salad with Toasted Walnut Raspberry Vinaigrette is a great example of how easy it is to add healthful walnuts to the daily diet. Just in time for spring, this refreshing salad recipe, published on Dr. Kelly Ann, packs a tasteful punch when walnuts paired with raspberries make for delicious salad fare.

Walnuts are a delicious way to potentially slow the aging process while adding extra years to life

Springtime Salad with Toasted Walnut Raspberry Vinaigrette

Vinaigrette dressing

1/2 cup toasted walnut oil
1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, measured after they are pureed and deseeded
3 tablespoons raspberry vinegar or red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
3/4 teaspoon salt (or salt substitute)
1/4 teaspoon pepper




Spiced Walnuts
1 cup walnuts
1 to 2 teaspoons honey
Salt – Pinch
Pepper – Pinch
And a pinch or two cayenne pepper

Springtime Raspberry Walnut Salad

1 head Bibb lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
2 handfuls fresh arugula
2 Persian cucumbers or 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced
1/2 medium jicama, cut into matchstick slices
1 pint fresh raspberries, plus the berries left from the dressing
2 scallions, both white and green parts, sliced in 1/4-inch pieces
Handful snow peas, de-stringed and sliced diagonally in 1/4 inch pieces, optional

Method

Dressing
Puree raspberries in a blender. Pour into a fine mesh sieve and use the back of a spoon to gently coax the puree through into a measuring cup with spout. Discard the seeds left in the sieve. Add in all other vinaigrette ingredients and whisk together well. Keep in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator. Dressing will last for about 4 days.

Spiced Walnuts
Preheat oven to 350˚F and line a sheet pan with parchment. Put walnuts in a small bowl and pour in honey and seasonings. Stir to coat walnuts. Spread out on sheet pan and roast for about 10 to 12 minutes, toss and roast for 5 minutes more. Remove from oven and let cool.

Springtime Raspberry Walnut Salad

Mix all ingredients except raspberries. Add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup dressing and 1/4 cup walnuts and toss together to coat with dressing. Top with fresh raspberries and additional walnuts.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 17 minutes
Serving size: Approximately 1 cup salad dressing and vegetables for 4 salads

With an uncanny visual likeness to the human brain, walnuts have been revered since ancient times as a symbol for intellectuality, according to www.nutrition-and-you.com/walnuts.html.

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Walnuts are replete with omega-3 fats, the amino acid l-arginine, vitamin E, melatonin, and antioxidants

Consuming a small handful of walnuts daily, approximately 1/4 cup, can improve cardiovascular health, brain function, reduce the risks of prostate and breast cancer, reduce inflammation, help to control diabetes, lower blood pressure and possibly help reduce appetite by creating a feeling of satiety.

With so many potential health benefits, adding one small handful of walnuts to the daily diet could provide positive long-term health benefits!

To prevent boredom with routine consumption of a daily dose of healthful walnuts, try serving them in a variety of creative ways, such as adding them as a topping to yogurt, ice cream, salads, desserts and main dishes.



Or, simply enjoy them fresh out of the shell as Mother Nature intended!

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Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

Laurie Edwards-Tate

Since 1984, Laurie Edwards-Tate has served as President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare, a non-medical Home Care Aide Organization, serving seniors, disabled, infirm and children. Laurie is Board of Director 2018 (elected), Palomar Health; Executive Board Member; Chair Board Human Resources Committee; Member of Audits & Compliance Committee; Community Relations Committee.