Aida’s Toasted Walnut Green Sauce and a Giveaway!

Aida’s Toasted Walnut Green Sauce and a Giveaway!

Green Walnut SauceLast year I had the opportunity to meet the folks from the California Walnut Growers. Myself and other food bloggers spent the day in California learning about how walnuts are grown and harvested. It was a wonderful experience and I’ve found myself more often using walnuts in my cooking after learning about their numerous health benefits.

So, when I was asked to join a Virtual Dinner Party to celebrate their Chef Menus At Home collection, I was happy to participate!

The Chef Menus At Home collection is a collection of different recipes developed by accomplished chefs. And with so many fine selections to choose from, it took awhile to commit to a recipe.

In the end, I chose an Aida Mollenkmap recipe. Her recipes are full of so much flavor and color. And I knew that I had to make her Toasted Walnut Green Sauce for my Virtual Dinner Party contribution as soon as I saw it. I’m a sucker for anything green. Especially now when I’m so desperate for spring to arrive!

IMG_2711What I love about Aida’s sauce is that it’s so vibrant looking. Spinach and other leafy greens give it a bright spring like look, while the yogurt and lemon juice give it a tangy zippy flavor.

It’s also quite versatile. You can dress meats with it, use it as a dip with veggies and crackers or even as a sandwich spread like I’m doing today. Really, it’s a pretty wonderful creation.

IMG_2752For my open faced sandwich, I took a homemade slice of bread and slathered it with the Toasted Walnut Green Sauce. Then, I added layers of sliced chicken breast, tomatoes and provolone cheese. And after I heated it up in the oven, I topped it with a little more sauce and a couple of walnuts because why not?

There really isn’t much I would change about this recipe. I do think that in the future I will add three or four garlic cloves because I think it would work really well in this recipe. Other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing!

As this is not my personal recipe, I’ll send you here for the recipe. Do try it!

Now, how about a giveaway? Would you like to win Aida Mollenkamp’s latest cookbook? I thought you might. To enter, visit the California Walnut Growers Chef Menus At Home collection and let me know which recipe you would like to try.

Come back here and comment on this post with your first name, last initial, the state you are from and your recipe choice. Entries must be received by Tuesday, March 5th 11:59pm ET. Good luck!


  1. Melanie! This looks and sounds scrumpcious! I did go to Aida’s web site via your link and I would love to try her Pumpkin Walnut Cream Cheese Muffins. I am a big fan of anything pumpkin and have enjoyed your pumpkin recipes in the past. Thank you for sharing and I think the garlic cloves would be a great addition to this recipe!

  2. Melissa M. says:

    The walnut-maple graham crackers look amazing!

    Melissa M. from California

  3. The chipotle and toasted walnut wheat berry salad looks really good!!

    Pam p. from KY

  4. I would love to make the Kale, Apple, Pancetta, and Walnut Salad with Creamy Walnut Dressing

  5. Katherine M says:

    I like the eggplant and walnut pies with charred onion mascarpone recipe

    Katherine M from NC

  6. The Walnut Date Smoothie looks great!

    Sherri K. from Florida

  7. I’m going to try the Orange Bay and Spice Brined Walnuts. I’ve done some brining with small success. This recipe looks interesting.

    Donna B. from Massachusetts

  8. Patricia N. says:

    I would like to try the pumpking walnut cheesecake muffins; they sound delicious. I would also try making them using winter squash since I grow that in my garden.

    Patricia N. from MA

  9. Definitely the Apple Walnut Crostata. Looks delish, seems easy to make. Thank you.

    Michael C.

  10. I want to try the Apple Walnut Crostata…I love apples & walnuts, so I’ll have to give it a try!

    Patti L, GA

  11. I’d love to try the Brown and Wild Rice, Walnuts and Dried Cranberry Salad. It sounds so refreshing!

    Lynne W.

  12. Mel J. from Pa. says:

    Crunchy crusted roasted salmon filets.

  13. I would love to make the Smart Spaghetti and Meatballs with Tomato Sauce!

    Kim N. from Maui, Hawaii 🙂

  14. Patricia Crowley says:

    I’d like to try the Walnut Milk!

    Patricia C from PA

  15. Sarah Copeland’s Lazy Morning Muesli with Apple and Walnut Crumble.

  16. I want to try Cindy Pawlcyn’s Chicken Roulade with Walnut and Currant Cornbread Stuffing and Aida Mollenkamp’s Chipotle and Toasted Walnut Wheat Berry Salad!

    Corinne T. from CA

  17. I’m adding more walnuts into my diet for the health benefits, but munching on walnut halves gets old. All the recipes look great, but I’m partial to the Walnut-Date Smoothie. What a great way to combine walnuts with plain yogurt!

  18. I’d really like to try Chicken Roulade with Walnut and Currant Cornbread Stuffing by Chef Cindy Pawlcyn. It seems easy and is totally the kind of food we love, filling and comforting… especially since these days are constantly gloomy and rainy. 🙂

  19. I will definitely try the “Chilled Zucchini, Walnut, and Basil Soup” – sounds great, especially for a hot summer day!

  20. Mmm this is the kind of sauce I would definitely just go at with a spoon! I made her squash with walnut-green harissa and damn…that girl can make a good green sauce!

  21. The Crunchy Walnut-Crusted Salmon looks delish! Going to make that this weekend!

  22. I would like to try the Brown and Wild Rice, Walnuts and Dried Cranberry Salad. Diane M – North California

  23. The walnut-date smoothie sounds fantastic!

    Loretta E. from WI

  24. Living in Wisconsin with a bunch of fresh snow on the ground, nothing sounds more delicious than the Pomegranate-Walnut Braised Chicken right now…

  25. Carolsue says:

    Rolled Baklava! I LOVE that stuff!

  26. Choco-Walnut Spread
    Meryl S. – NC

  27. Citrus Salad with Honey Walnut Ginger Syrup.
    Louis S. from NC

  28. Laurie W.–MA
    The Kale, Apple, Pancetta, and Walnut Salad with Creamy Walnut Dressing. As we’re coming in to spring, (I hope!) I might think about using baby spinach instead of the kale. But anything with fresh greens is so appealing!!

  29. I’m watching a cooking show that mentions using Za’atar spice. A web search brought me to Aida webpage. Bookmarked! Can’t wait to make her Za’atar Pizza….and a bunch of other stuff!

  30. Johanna H. says:

    Walnut Crepes by Alex Stratta.

    Johanna H. from MA

  31. Jessica says:

    I would really love to try the Walnut Crusted Salmon with Stewed Chickpeas and Kale!

  32. Lori A from CA
    I would like to try the Broccoli Salad with Mushrooms & Walnuts!

  33. Katie L. says:

    I would love to make the Spicy Orecchiette with Sausage, Walnuts, and Broccolini, it sounds so delicious!
    Katie L. from Oregon

  34. jacquie says:

    the pumpkin walnut cream cheese muffins.

  35. Pumpkin walnut cream cheese muffins
    Judy R from WI


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