Call for Walnut Recipes

What is your favorite walnut recipe? Send us your favorites and they may be included in our online recipe database. Check out the California Walnut Staff favorites too.

The Staff’s Favorite Walnut Recipes

Pam Arsondi – Sugared Walnuts

1 cup white sugar
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups walnuts


Dennis Balint – Walnuts with popcorn salt & a favorite beverage

Carol Berg-Sloan – Wild Rice with Walnuts and Cranberries


Heather DonohoWalnut Brittle

Carl EidsathSpiced Rum Sugared Walnuts

Dana HullCalifornia Walnut & Apricot Rugelach     


Abhi Kulkarni – Candied walnut, cranberry, and feta salad


Anne McConico – Candied Orange Walnuts

½ cup orange juice
1 ½ cup sugar
Zest of 2-3 oranges
3 cups (12 ounces) walnut halves or pieces and halves


Michelle McNeil – Walnut Pesto Pinwheels

Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Top with shredded parmesan cheese. Serve warm.

Chef's tip– if you have extra pesto toss with your favorite pasta and store-bought chicken for an easy dinner  … or mix  2 tablespoons of pesto with an 8oz. package of cream cheese, spread on tortillas and top with chopped walnuts and chopped sun-dried tomatoes or pimento, roll, slice and enjoy.  

Jennifer OlmsteadCalifornia Walnut Energy Bars     

Nate Samelson - Spice Coated Maple Walnut Nuggets

Jennifer WilliamsWalnut-Crusted Salmon

Call for Recipes

Now you know our favorite walnut recipes, what are yours? Submit your recipe to with “Grower recipe” in the subject and your recipe could be featured in the next newsletter.