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Seedy Herbed Walnuts

Yield: 3 cups

Nuts are no stranger to a cocktail party, but that’s no reason to exclude them. This lightly sweet but mostly savory take combines walnuts, maple, orange, sesame, poppy, dill, and plenty of pepper. It’s the ideal nibble for resetting the palate between sips.


  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. orange liqueur (optional)
  • Zest of half an orange
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • 3 cups walnuts
  • 2 Tbs. sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbs. poppyseeds
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh dill; more dill fronds for serving
  • 2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. flaky sea salt

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size 1/4 cup
  • Calories (kcal) : 210
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 180
  • Fat (g): 20
  • Saturated Fat (g): 2
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 13
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 390
  • Carbohydrates (g): 7
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Sugar (g): 3
  • Protein (g): 4


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven, and heat the oven to 325°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment. In a medium bowl, whisk the oil, syrup, orange liqueur (if using), zest, and paprika. Add the walnuts and toss to coat. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet, and bake until fragrant and starting to brown, 12 to 15 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine the sesame seeds, poppyseeds, dill, pepper, and salt, and sprinkle the mixture over the nuts, stirring to coat. Return to the oven until the nuts and sesame seeds are golden, about 5 minutes more. Remove from the oven, and set aside to cool for at least 1 hour. Before serving, sprinkle with the fresh dill fronds.


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Reviews (3 reviews)

  • Lutzmann | 12/22/2019

    Gave as small gift packages and served entertaining. Friends asked for the recipe and we enjoyed it as well. Will definiely add to my recipe box. I use the leftover seed mixture to sprinkle on salads.

  • lalaslc | 12/15/2019

    This odd combination of flavors really worked for me. It was a nice change from the standard rosemary seasoning I typically use.
    I brought them to a party and to my office and everyone really liked them!

  • MrClean | 12/11/2019

    This one didn't work for me. It didn't seem like there was enough of the syrup mixture to really coat the walnuts, so they didn't have a lot of flavor or candy coating, and the seeds didn't stick at all. Ended up with some slightly-flavored toasted walnuts and a whole lot of seeds.

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