Take advantage of the rich, aromatic and nutty flavour of walnut oil to create a tasty salad dressing. Complement it with the tartness of the sherry vinegar and freshness from the raspberries. Simply delicious!
What is Walnut Oil?
Walnut oil, in my mind, is highly underrated. Walnut oil is simply oil extracted from walnuts. It, therefore, has a really rich, nutty flavour that enhances ingredients.
There are many reasons walnut oil doesn’t present itself as a popular choice.
Firstly, it has a low smoke point which means that it’s not great for high-temperature cooking. When heated, it tends to lose its flavour and can get a bit bitter.
Walnut oil is best used uncooked or as a cold sauce. It is, therefore, perfect for salads. With its limited use, it takes longer to finish a bottle, which means there is less demand.
Secondly, it is a very delicate unrefined oil that is cold-pressed. The cold-pressed concept means that a steel press presses the walnut to extract all of its natural goodness. The specialty oils made in Perigord and Burgundy regions of France are magnificent, albeit expensive.
Lastly, unrefined walnut oil has a short shelf life when compared to oils like olive oil. Unopened, they will last a year. When opened, they must be kept in a cool, dark place.
You can, of course, purchase refined walnut oil for longer shelf life. We still, however, do not recommend cooking on the heat with it.
Walnut Oil Health Benefits
Walnut oil has no carbohydrates, which of course then means zero sugar and no fibre.
This oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and comprises a fair amount of healthy polyunsaturated fats. This is beneficial for heart health.
Cold-pressed unrefined walnut oil can help to reduce blood sugars and chronic inflammation.
Raspberry Walnut Dressing Ingredients
Walnut oil: Walnut oil is simply oil extracted from walnuts. The nutty flavours work really well with the fresh raspberries.
Sherry vinegar: The subtle oak and nutty flavours of the sweet yet tart sherry vinegar marries well with the walnut oil.
Raspberries: Fresh raspberries are best, but if not in season, frozen raspberries will be adequate to use. Or if you have the foresight, you can freeze fresh ones for use later on!
Honey: Although we only ever use a small amount of honey, using good quality honey is always the best option. Select pure organic honey to create the best flavours.
Allspice: Allspice is a single spice made from dried berries of the allspice tree. It has hints of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg—lovely flavours to complement all the ingredients in this salad dressing.
Raspberry Walnut Dressing Method
Place the raspberries in the mortar and gently grind until mashed up.
Then add the walnut oil, sherry vinegar, honey and allspice and mix until well combined.
You’ll see the raspberries’ glorious colours dominate the dressing and how fantastic it will look against any salad.
Best Salad for This Dressing
Encrust the humble avocado with nutty black sesame seeds as you serve it up with cucumber, exposed pea pods and some greens. Accompanied by a delicious raspberry walnut dressing, this salad is easy to make over and over again.
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Raspberry Walnut Dressing
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- Place the raspberries in the mortar and gently grind until mashed up.
- Then add the walnut oil, sherry vinegar, honey and allspice and mix until well combined.
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