Here’s how to easily toast walnuts to use in salads, dips, and appetizers. They’re easy to make and have great flavor after just a few minutes of toasting.
Why You Should Toast Walnuts
Toasted walnuts make a wonderful snack and are great in salads or as a garnish. Toasting nuts brings out their flavor.
You can easily toast nuts in advance and store them in an airtight container for up to a week. If you want to keep them longer, pop them in the freezer.
Toasting walnuts just takes a few minutes and it’s totally worth it!
How to Use Toasted Walnuts
If you make some toasted walnuts, you can use them in all sorts of ways. Here are some of our favorite recipes with toasted walnuts.
- Muhammara (Syrian Red Pepper Dip) – roasted red peppers ground with toasted walnuts
- Waldorf Salad Recipe – the classic Waldorf with grapes, apples, and toasted walnuts
- Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad – Delicious shredded Brussels sprouts, apple, and walnut salad with shaved parmesan.
Tips for Making this Recipe
- Personally, I prefer toasting my walnuts in the oven as I think it gives them a more even toasting. However, if I have things baking in the oven – I toast walnuts using the stovetop method.
- If you want to pep these walnuts up even more – toss them with a little olive oil or sprinkle them with spices like cinnamon, Chinese five spice, or aleppo pepper.
- 1 cup walnuts (pieces or whole)
In the Oven
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).
- Spread walnuts on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove and allow to cool before chopping or using.
On the Stovetop
- Toast walnuts over medium-low heat in a small skillet on the stove for 10 minutes.
- Stir occasionally and remove when walnuts are golden brown.
- Allow walnuts to cool before chopping or using in another dish.