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


36 thoughts on “Marinated Mushrooms Salad and Savory Walnut Balls

  1. 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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    1. Thank you, darling! Marinated mushrooms are so versatile! Few days ago I added ginger powder instead of oregano… Love the kick ginger gives! Mushrooms in the “meatballs”? More for you, huh? 🙂 Can’t wait to see what will you come up with!


      1. Oooh, yes! Love adding a touch of ginger for a little kick. I’ve also been a fan of gingery cocktails lately. So good!

        Hahah! My plan is to make the meatballs, but not mention to John that there’s mushrooms in them. We’ll see how it goes. 😛

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    1. Thank you so much! We really enjoyed putting this together, not to mention munching it! 🙂
      Why black olives? We can’t find them unpitted, so they are kind of a pain. Although the good thing about them is you can’t snack almost half a box while preparing your meal! 😀

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      1. Apart from putting them in your mouth 😛 Slice the olive like you would a mango… with a bendy knife that can curve 🙂 Bottom centre to top centre (they stand better upside down) around the stone, then on the other side… then pop the pit in your mouth and eat what’s left 😛 🙂

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      2. Believe it or not, we don’t have a bendy knife! 😀 Lol, I guess it’s time to get one! 🙂 I’m not promising anything, but next time we found ourselves in Greek supermarket, I’ll try to force my hand toward the black olives 🙂 Thank you for the advice and have a lovely Sunday! xo


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