There aren’t many healthy cooks who would turn down this cute burlap bag filled with fresh walnuts from California Walnuts.
Certainly not this cook!
While I was pleased with my bag of treats, little did I know that perusing their website would be a wealth of interesting walnut information.
Walnuts can be expensive, so I was happy to discover that I was storing them properly in the freezer. (We all know I hate to waste food.)
They also have a recipe box filled with tasty cooking inspiration. The Chili Walnut Egg Puff is definitely on my must-make recipe list. They’ve created a protein packed, low calorie Mexican inspired egg dish that fits in with our current eating plan, and looks incredibly fluffy.
But this day, I wanted to thank California Walnuts for their generosity and create my own walnut laden recipe.
When I spotted a pomegranate in the produce section of my grocery store, I new a colorful winter salad was in order. I’d make a pomegranate and walnut infused salad dressing, and use the same dressing as a glaze for the salmon filets waiting in the frig.
Even better, I would top that fresh salmon with a lovely layer of ground walnuts.
Okay – I know what you’re thinking. This looks like an explosion of high calorie, high fat food.
I was a bit worried about that myself, until I remembered that living a healthy lifestyle is all about portion control and making good food choices.
Those choices include healthy fats.
Thank you California Walnuts for sharing! I have plenty of walnuts leftover for banana nut muffins.
Enjoy your weekend!
- 2 tablespoons walnut oil
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- ½ tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 cup pomegranate arils
- 1 tablespoon shallots
- Combine ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. This makes a thick and creamy dressing.
Calories: 105kcal Weight Watchers PointsPlus 3 Saturated fatty acids: 0.67g Monounsaturated fatty acids: 1.59g Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 4.34g Total fat: 6.60g Calories from fat: 59 Cholesterol: -- Carbohydrate, by difference: 10.27g Total dietary fiber: 1.74g Protein: 0.79g
- ¼ cup walnut pieces and stems, pulverized in a food processor into crumbs
- 1 tablespoon thyme, minced
- 10 ounces salmon filets, two filets
- 2 tablespoons shallots, thinly sliced
- ½ cup pomegranate arils
- 4 cups salad greens
- 4 tablespoons low fat feta cheese, crumbled
- 2 tablespoons toasted walnut pieces
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Spread 1 tablespoon of dressing over each filet, then combine pulverized walnut with thyme and spread over the top of each salmon filet, pressing down into the meat. Spray with cooking spray.
- Place on a baking sheet covered with foil and place in the oven. Bake 15 - 20 minutes until salmon just flakes in the thickest part. Baking time depends on the thickness of your filets.
- Arrange salad on a plate. Place of handful or two of greens, shallot and pomegranate on the plate and top with feta cheese, toasted walnuts and a drizzle of dressing.
- Serve with salmon on the side.
Calories not including dressing: 454kcal Weight Watchers PointsPlus 11 Saturated fatty acids: 5.68g Monounsaturated fatty acids: 5.91g Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 14.44g Total fat: 26.02g Calories from fat: 234 Cholesterol: 94mg Carbohydrate, by difference: 16.60g Total dietary fiber: 4.68g Protein: 36.29g
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