Turmeric, walnut & chicory salad

Turmeric has long-revered powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, making this an all-round superfood crowd-winner, which will take pride of place at your table.

vegan turmeric, walnuts & chicory salad recipe - nourish magazine


For the walnuts

  • 75 ml runny maple syrup
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • Pinch of chilli flakes
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 100 g walnuts

For the salad

  • 2 lemons, halved lengthways, pips removed and sliced into thin segments
  • 2 tbsp walnut oil (or other)
  • 4 chicory heads, outer-leaves removed and inner core sliced into quarters
  • 50 g pea shoots or watercress
  • 75 g broad beans, cooked as per packet instructions
  • Handful of fresh oregano leaves
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Put the maple syrup, turmeric, chilli flakes and salt into a small bowl and whisk to combine. You should have a thick paste – add a little water to loosen if necessary.
  3. Add the walnuts and stir so they are well coated.
  4. Spread the mixture out onto a lined baking tray and roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden but still a little sticky.
  5. Remove from the oven and set aside until needed.
  6. Increase the temperature of the oven to 200°C.
  7. Bring a small pan of water to the boil, then add the lemon wedges and blanch for a few minutes.
  8. Transfer to a large ovenproof dish or roasting tin and spread out in a single layer.
  9. Drizzle over the oil and a sprinkling of salt, then roast in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the lemon slices have started to turn golden and charred at the edges.
  10. Add the chicory, and a little more oil if needed, and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  12. To serve, toss the pea shoots through the lemon and chicory, then scatter over the walnuts, broad beans and oregano.
  13. Finish with a little salt and some freshly ground black pepper.

This recipe is a taste of The Goodness of Nuts & Seeds by Natalie Seldon. Published by Kyle Books and available at all good bookstores, $19.99