Marinated Mushrooms Salad and Savory Walnut Balls

Colorful and spicy… that’s how I like my salad… and my life

A few days ago I wanted to make a special dinner. Nothing too fancy, just a bit different than usual salad with some nutty dressing. I was having a fun time musing over what to prepare and how to place it on a plate. Besides soaking the nuts and marinating the mushrooms, it doesn’t take too long to prepare, but it is super tasty.

This is what I came up with.

Salty and savory raw walnut balls


Savory Walnut Balls

  • 100 grams of walnuts
  • 10 Brazil nuts
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 3 teaspoons of salt water sole (or salt to taste)
  • green olives (optional)

Salty and savory raw walnut balls with olives

Soak walnuts and Brazil nuts overnight or 6-8 hours. Drain the water, rinse them and put them in the food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until you get an uniformed, a little sticky mass that can be rolled into little balls. Make your balls and if you wish, decorate each with half of a green olive.

Lettuce salad with raw marinated mushrooms


  • 1 head lettuce
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 tablespoons of fermented oyster mushrooms (optional)
  • 4 green parts of scallion
  • handful of arugula

Tear or chop lettuce (whichever you prefer), grate carrots and chop the rest of the salad ingredients. Mixed them all together with just a little squeeze of lemon.

Lettuce salad with raw marinated mushrooms

Marinated Mushrooms

  • 250 grams of crimini (brown) mushrooms
  • juice of half a lemon
  • tablespoon of tamari sauce
  • teaspoon of garlic powder
  • teaspoon of dried oregano

Thinly slice mushrooms and make the marinade from the rest of the ingredients. Let them marinate overnight or around 8 hours in a fridge.

Raw wallnut balls served on a purple nori sheet with lettuce and marinated mushrooms

Salad Dressing

  • Marinade from the mushrooms
  • 1 and a half tablespoon of sunflower seed butter
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped dill

Decorate as you wish, dress the salad with the dressing, add a bit extra of tamari on mushrooms if you like it salty and enjoy!

We served our walnut balls on a sheet of purple nori that we ended rolling into a burrito.

As we finished our decorating and taking pictures, we felt so happy and grateful for this meal. A healthy dish to nourish both body and mind.

Have a yummy day! 🙂

Lettuce and marinated mushroom salad with salty walnut balls



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  1. That looks really good! I especially like the walnut balls. I think I may be trying this soon!

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  2. Oooohhlala!!!

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  3. Looks and sounds delish! Will have to try this as we LOVE mushrooms :). Thanks for liking my Gorgeous Green & Red Garden Salad – (Vegan/Vegetarian/Raw/Organic/Gluten Free) recipe; its great to connect. Cheers, Suz


  4. Wow this looks awesome and beautiful presentation .

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  5. I made this lovely combined salad & those walnut nut bals were pretty Amazing & the whole salad was fantastic too! The best salad that I have eaten in a whole while! Xxxx

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  6. Wow, looks fabulous! I absolutely love marinated mushrooms and will have to try your recipe sometime. 🙂 Takes them to a whole new level! I was just thinking of making something similar, but with both walnuts and mushrooms in the meatballs. I’ll let you know if I finally get around to trying that out.

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  7. Wow!! This is beautiful!

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  8. Nice. we have plenty of walnuts from our tree in the garden, so any recipe with walnuts is welcome. These look lovely.
    I think arugula is the same as rucola salad, is it?

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  9. Look at that spread… you had me at “marinated mushrooms”!

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  10. Wow! What a delicious feast you cooked up! 🙂 Not sure what I like best as it all looks great (black olives please though)! 🙂

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