Toasted walnut raspberry vinaigrette salad recipe: Healthy and tasty
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
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
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
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.
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.
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!
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!