Walnuts for Food Service

California Walnuts are a delicious and healthy addition to any foodservice menu – be it in schools, cafeterias or restaurants. The combination of flavor, texture and versatility make walnuts an indispensable ingredient for culinary experts.
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Grilled Vegetable Sandwich with Walnut Aioli

Ingredients for 4 persons:

  • Grilled Vegetable Sandwich:
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced 1/2-inch (1 cm) coins
  • 1 small eggplant, sliced 1/2-inch (1 cm)
  • 1 orange pepper, sliced in strips
  • 4 small tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 onion, sliced 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick
  • 4 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 Scheiben slices of sourdough bread
  • 1 clove garlic
  • handful basil leaves, chiffonade (optional)
  • Lemon Walnut Aioli:
  • 250 ml California walnuts, toasted
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp Tahini (tahini)
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 lemon, juiced

Lemon Walnut Aioli:
In a food processor, add walnuts, Dijon, tahini, mayonnaise and lemon juice; pulse into a chunky paste. Set aside.

Grilled Vegetable Sandwich:
In a large bowl, toss zucchini, eggplant, pepper, tomatoes and onion with 2 tbsp (30 mL) of olive oil, salt and pepper and grill to desired doneness.

Brush bread with remaining oil and lightly grill on both sides. Rub each slice of bread gently with garlic.

Spoon 1 tbsp (15 mL) of lemon walnut aioli on two slices of bread, and place 1/4 of the grilled vegetables between the slices. Repeat with remaining bread and vegetables.

Optional: Garnish sandwiches with basil leaves.

Tips: The lemon walnut aioli tastes great with grilled chicken. The aioli can also be used as a burger spread or as a veggie dip.

Toasting Walnuts

Baking: Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Arrange walnuts on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, checking frequently.

Stovetop: Cook walnuts in a skillet at medium-high heat for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

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