4 Yummy Ways with Heart-Healthy Walnut Oil
Of all the vegetable oils used in healthy cooking, one of the most interesting and beneficial — for your heart and the rest of your body, too — comes from walnuts.
Walnut oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which supports healthy brain function, reduces inflammation, and may reduce the risk of heart disease, cancers and dementia. It’s rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants. Research shows that walnuts and walnut oil may help your body deal better with stress. And it’s low in saturated fat.
Walnut oil is expensive and can go rancid quickly, so treat it carefully: buy it in a dark bottle or metal canister; keep it in a cool, dark pantry or the refrigerator. It’s a flavor you’ll enjoy using; it complements arugula especially well and can be blended with other oils, as in the Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad from Food to Live By (by our co-founder, Myra Goodman) for better value.
Here are more ideas for enjoying walnut oil from Earthbound’s Executive Chef Sarah LaCasse:
- Power Salad with Bacon and Walnut-Red Wine Vinaigrette - This delicious twist on the traditional spinach salad features our savory organic Power greens and a bold walnut-red wine vinaigrette that complements the greens perfectly.
- Roasted Broccolette and Carrots with Cumin, Maple and Walnut Oil - Toss crispy broccolette and crunchy carrots with bold spices, sweet maple and toasty walnut oil, then roast them at low heat for a side dish that’s a little spicy, a little sweet.
- Sautéed Greens with Mushrooms, Onions and Walnuts - Quickly sauté baby greens with mushrooms, onions and a touch of citrus to elevate a simple veggie side dish to delicious heights.
Find out more about healthy, flavorful oils for cooking in this roundup from RealSimple.com.