Creamy and Crunchy: California Avocados + California Walnuts


Is it all about flavor or do we eat with our eyes, as the saying goes? Ultimate enjoyment from food comes when multiple senses are involved. The aroma of a dish totally impacts the perception of taste, and texture can make one dish invigorating and another comforting. From the loud crunch of crisp veggies to the slurp of a hot broth, the sound a food makes also can add to the experience. 

Walnuts and avocados each have very different flavors and textures that can add an interesting contrast to both savory and sweet dishes. That’s why these recipes that pair California Avocados and California Walnuts are so exciting! Both products come from trees in California and both contain good fats In addition to omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts offer other important components of a healthy diet, including 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per 1 ounce, and one serving of avocado (one-third of a medium avocado or 50g) is a good source of fiber and folate. 

This Guacamole Chicken Salad recipe is an excellent example of contrasting textures in a single dish. In addition to featuring walnuts and creamy California Avocados, this salad combines chicken, celery and plum tomatoes so there’s soft, crunchy, creamy, juicy and chewy textures all in one easy, colorful dish.

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Whether for lunch or dinner, a Guacamole Chicken Salad is a perfect way to keep the kitchen cool as summer and the California Avocado season wind down. Avocado makes the salad creamy without added dressing, and walnuts add a punch of tasty crunch.

One of our long-time recipe favorites, Berry Walnut and Avocado Spring Salad, takes a more traditional approach, combining walnuts and California Avocados on a spring mix salad with both fresh and dried fruit.

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Bonus walnut and avocado pairing ideas: Guacamole Nogada, top oatmeal or other cooked grains or simply combine both in yogurt. 

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What other walnut and avocado combinations have you tried?

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