Culinary Inspiration

The bountiful summer season brings a decadent array of seasonal, farm-fresh fruits and so many ways to enjoy them. While peach season is in full swing, consider pairing this juicy stone fruit with walnuts.

Walnuts and peaches make for easy entertaining because there’s so much you can do with these versatile ingredients. Don’t believe us? We’ve put together an entire menu for your summer entertaining, complete with starters, salads, and even a dessert. These dishes feature toasted California walnuts, so start with our easy-to-follow video for simple steps and instructions for working with walnuts.

Walnut Charcuterie Board

Start Off Strong

Charcuterie boards are the quintessential summer entertaining feature because they’re easy to assemble and immediately create a beautiful tablescape. Try your hand at making one by artfully arranging in-season peaches, California walnuts, and rich, creamy cheeses. Added benefit of a fruit and cheese board? No ovens needed in the summer heat! For more ideas on how to create the best charcuterie board possible, take a look at our how-to guide.

Give your guests something else to nosh on with this mouth-watering Ricotta Walnut Peach Bruschetta. As a starter, a walnut peach bruschetta gives your palate something to look forward to, since it’s the flawless combo of salty and sweet. Peaches and basil harmonize perfectly against the backdrop of California walnuts, and the combination of textures makes for an exciting culinary experience.

A Sweetly Savory Salad

There’s nothing easier than creating this simple Toasted Walnut and Grilled Peach Panzanella Salad. The bread-based Tuscan salad is heartier than traditional salads, so it’s best added to a menu that features a lighter main course. To make this seasonal side dish, ripe peaches are grilled to perfection and then topped with toasted, golden-brown California walnuts. It comes together quickly, leaving you with more free time to enjoy your time at the table with friends and family!

Coastal Influences

Fire up the grill for this lively Walnut Peach Relish Grilled Mahi-Mahi recipe. Served alongside the flavorful fish is a simple relish which features grilled peaches and slightly spicy toasted walnuts. The addition of aromatic fennel, bright red wine vinegar, and tangy red onions layers on the flavor, making this an ideal summer meal.

Sweet Treats

Continue your culinary theme when you serve this delightfully light dessert of Grilled Peaches with Walnuts and Ricotta. The heat from the grill naturally caramelizes the peaches, making them the perfect foundation for buttery toasted walnuts. Topped with a dollop of fresh ricotta and a drizzle of honey, this is a delightful way to end your walnut- and peach-filled menu. Walnuts and peaches pair so well together because of the savory-sweet harmony of flavors. These recipes all show how simple and easy it is to create exciting dishes using just a few staple ingredients, California walnuts, and juicy peaches. Make sure to check these delicious pairings off your culinary bucket list before the season ends!
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