Simple Twists For Cooking With Nuts From Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Fisher Nuts PLUS Prize Pack GIVEAWAY

The holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s time to break out the roasting pans and make an extra trip (or two) to the baking aisle. Fisher Nuts is teaming up with Food Network Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, a regular judge on Chopped, to make your holiday cooking a bit easier and offer you some simple twists for cooking with nuts during the holidays.

The almonds are essential to this dish because they bring out the sweetness we don’t realize green beans have. Toasting the almonds also adds a richer flavor. If time permits, chill the green beans a little with the dressing and toss in the almonds at the last second so they retain their crunch.” — Alex Guarnaschelli

Green Bean and Almond Salad


  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Juice of ½ to a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Sherry vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon capers, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of brine (liquid) from the jar of capers
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound green beans, ends trimmed
  • ½ cup Fisher® Slivered Almonds, lightly toasted


  1. Heat a small skillet over medium heat and add the vegetable oil. Add the slivered almonds and stir them in the pan until they are golden brown.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, lemon juice and Sherry vinegar. Add the capers, caper juice and a pinch of salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Taste for seasoning. Set aside.
  3. Bring a large pot (enough to hold about 6 quarts of water) to a boil. Add salt until it tastes like mild seawater. How will you know? Take a little water with a spoon and taste a drop of it.
  4. Prepare an ice bath by filling a bowl large enough to hold the green beans with cold water. Add some ice cubes and put a colander in the middle of the bowl. Stir the green beans into the boiling water and allow them to cook, 2-3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove them from the water, transferring them immediately to the colander inside the ice bath. Allow them to sit in the ice bath for a few minutes, swirling them gently in the water to assure they are all cooling in the cold water.
  5. Transfer the green beans to a kitchen towel spread on a flat surface and thoroughly dry them. Transfer them to a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss with the vinaigrette and the toasted almonds. Serve immediately.

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Disclosure: I am working with Fisher to share Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s recipes. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.


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    Lately, I love just putting sliced almonds on top of homemade oatmeal with some craisins to sweeten it up.
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    Emily N says:

    Carrot muffins

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    Betsy Rubendall Barnes says:

    I love using almonds in my chicken salad recipe 🙂

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    Mellisa Rock says:

    I make a meat and cheese platter that has cashews dipped in hot sauce! Delicious with cheese and cranberries!

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    Sheila K. says:

    I always put walnuts in my banana bread!

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    Kimberly says:

    I use slivered almonds in a quinoa salad.

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    Kelly D says:

    I love Pecan Pie.

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    Starr Greenwell says:

    Green been casserole with almonds.

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    Margaret Smith says:

    String beans with almonds.

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    Ann Fantom says:

    I like to make Walnut Encrusted Salmon.

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    karen d says:

    I love making my macadamia nut cookies!

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    Jennifer B says:

    walnut brownies!

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    Sharon Schoepe says:

    I love putting cashews in Chicken Salad. So good!

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    Donna L says:

    Brownie with nuts.

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    Trung Nguyen says:

    I use peanuts in my salads

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    Kristi C says:

    My favorite is fudge with walnuts.

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    debbie says:

    I like to put walnuts in my brownies.

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    Cynthia C says:

    I love my mom’s pumpkin pecan pie.

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    Troy says:

    I like pine nuts in hummous

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    Kristen m says:

    I,love making banana nut bread. Or just adding nuts to salads

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    Kristie says:

    Pecan Pie 🙂
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    Michael M says:

    I like them in brownies and banana nut bread

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    Sarah Hall says:

    I have a pineapple blueberry cake that I love to put nuts in.

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    Nancy says:

    Our family has a Cherry Coca-Cola Jell-o Salad with Pecans and Cream Cheese and Cherries that we serve on festive occasions!

  25. 25
    Debbi R says:

    pecan pie

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    Christine says:

    banana nut bread

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    Patrice says:

    My favorite is a sweet potato casserole with a pecan topping.

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    Mary Calabrese says:

    banana nut bread

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    Teresa says:

    I like to make chocolate covered peanuts.

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    My husband loves when I make him pecan pie.
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    Rochelle says:

    I love using pecans in my yam recipe. I also love it as a topping for turtle cheesecake. Thanks!

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    Michelle Dehowy says:

    I love brownies.

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    kim lazor says:

    My homemade pecan pie….love it!

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    LeAnn V says:

    I love adding pecans to my sausage and apple stuffing.

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    Ttrockwood says:

    I love waldorf salad and use walnuts in my pesto

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    Lynda E says:

    I have the easiest appettizer recipe for baked cheese rounds rolled in chopped pecans.

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    Kathy S says:

    I love to make an Oriental Cole Slaw using almonds.

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    Kyl Neusch says:

    Green been casserole with almonds

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    Penny Snyder says:

    Waldorf salad!

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    g. penrod says:

    chex mix

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    James E says:

    brownies with pecans

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    LOIS PAYTON says:

    in my cakes, GOD BLESS YA

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    Jackie says:

    Not really a recipe…but I love to add nuts to my green salads.

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    Kristy Thiel says:

    I love pecan pie. Thanks for hosting!

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    Jenny Gibbons says:

    My homemade vanilla granola — I mix it in with yogurt for an amazing breakfast.

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    Megan says:

    Pecan Pie of course

  49. 49

    O put chopped pistachios in my chocolate cake frosting…Mmmmm

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    I love oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies with walnuts. YUM

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    Kathy Bose says:

    I put nuts in my banana bread.

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    ELIZABETH C. says:

    I actually make the best peanut butter brownies with walnuts.

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    tamatha hunter says:

    this time of year it has to be pecan pie

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    jenny says:

    I love nuts in a salad… or in brownies! 🙂

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    Christy says:

    I like to make basil pesto with walnuts or pine nuts.

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    randi says:

    Pecan Pie

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    Tamar says:

    I like nuts in salads 🙂 yum

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    Wehaf says:

    I love apple spice cake with lots of walnuts!

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    Stephanie Larison says:

    In brownies is the best! lol

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    latanya says:

    pecan pie

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    Gaye M says:

    I made banana bread with nuts last week and made a pecan pie today. I love nuts in baked goods!

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    Ani says:

    My favorite, and one I’m making right now for Thanksgiving, is my chocolate pecan pie.

  63. 63
    Dorothy Deakyne says:

    banana nut bread

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    Jordan Y says:

    I love making banana bread with walnuts in it.

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    Linda Lansford says:

    My fave is green beans with almonds

  66. 66
    Nance Meyer says:

    Chicken Salad sandwiches with pecans!

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    BILL H says:

    7 layer cookies with pecans

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    caitlin tate says:

    in salad

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    Amanda E. says:

    My favorite recipe with nuts in it would be brownies with walnuts

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    betty says:

    We love a chinese chicken dish with walnuts over rice. Also I like the hot side dish of greenbeans w/almonds

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    Lorena Keech says:


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    Jennifer Reed says:

    Fudge Pecan Pie is my favorite nut recipe, at least this time of year.

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    Debra Ford says:

    I love pecans in my brownies

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    I love making a spinach, strawberry, almond, feta and balsamic vinegar salad!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com
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    Erica C. says:

    I like banana nut bread.

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    Lucy Schwartz says:

    For Christmas an all time favorite is Pecan Fingers. I like to make them early so the the flavors have a chance to blend but end up making another batch because everyone snitches.

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    Dijah A says:

    My favorite recipe with nuts is chocolate chip walnut brownies

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    Diane W says:

    I like toasted almonds in my chicken salad or added to a spinach salad.

    diane dot wortman at gmail dot com

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    Leah U says:

    Pecan pralines

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    dani marie says:

    i love using nuts in salads.

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    Jen V. says:

    My favorite recipe using nuts is my pecan ranch cheese ball. Yum!
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    Karen says:

    Pecan pie. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    We love making pad thai with finely chopped unroasted salted peanuts and lots of fresh veggies. Yum!

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    Angela M says:

    Banana Nut Bread

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    Sarah says:

    I like making Tabasco almonds.

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    Roberta says:

    Banana Nut Bread

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    Alison Wood says:

    I make a chicken casserole with almonds.

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    Robin says:

    It has to be brownies with walnuts

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    s riches says:

    I put shaved almonds in my salads

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    Debra Hall says:

    my favorite is pecan pie

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    April Yedinak says:

    My favorite recipe with nuts are Italian Christmas cookies

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    Tari Lawson says:

    It is hard to say what my favorite nut recipe is. I love nuts. I guess I would say it would be brownies with walnuts.

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    Tanya White says:

    Pecan pie is my favorite recipe with nuts

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    Jammie says:

    I would have to say pumpkin pie. Love adding walnuts to it.
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    Tracy Allen says:

    Love nuts in salad like fruit or broccolli and slivered almonds pressed into prepared pie crust

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    laurie says:

    i make pecan pies

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    Deb K says:

    chocolate chip cookies

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    Jennifer says:

    I like a good banana bread with walnuts.

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    rochelle johnson says:

    pecan pie or my pecan cinnamon rolls

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    Kayla says:

    I like it in Biscotti!

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    kristy says:

    I like to use nuts in my salads..especially pecans

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    Tonya Dean says:

    cranapple casserole with pecans


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    Cindy Munkelt says:

    pumpkin bread with pecans

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    Sherry Eckman says:

    I make an awesome salad using pine nuts!

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    Nicole C. says:

    Pecan Pie

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    Desiree Dunbar says:

    I like using slivered almonds in rice pilaf.

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    carol lewis says:

    I make almond bread with cocoa and honey because we can’t eat grains

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    Kenya J says:

    I love making pecan pie.

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    I like snowball cookies. 🙂
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    sandy says:

    I love making peanut brittle at christmas!

    sandysaveseveryday AT gmail DOT com

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    Janel says:

    pecan cookies

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    Karen Gonyea says:

    I love to put walnuts in a jello salad 🙂

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    erica says:

    brownies with nuts!

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    Barbara Stenby says:

    Walnut Almond chocolate chip brownies

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    Sarah S says:

    Upside down pumpkin pie.

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    mary gardner says:

    chocolate chip cookies with walnuts

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

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    Judy L says:

    walnuts in chocolate chip cookies

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    Lisa says:

    I like to make nut based pestos

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    Amy DeLong says:

    chocolate chips

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    Brittney House says:

    banana nut bread

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    Amy Carlson says:

    Chocolate chip cookies

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    Richard Hicks says:

    like to make pecan pies

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

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    Charlene says:

    I put nuts in my homemade pie crust 🙂

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    jenny says:

    I like making banana nut muffins

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    Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    I like Chicken and Cashews!

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    Min says:

    brownies with walnuts

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    Rebecca says:

    Waldorf salad

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    Virginia Rowell says:

    A nice pumpkin roll with nuts!

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    Samantha Meyer says:

    Home made nut bars

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    Cassandra M says:

    pecan pie and banana nut bread

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    Leah Shumack says:


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    Laurie Emerson says:

    I love making my grandma’s Pecan Pie.

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    Vikki Billings says:

    I use nuts in my banana nut bread recipe.

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    Lentil says:

    I make magic cookie bars using sweetened condensed milk, graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips and WALNUTS!

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    Sarah Harding says:

    Have to have nuts in my chocolate chip cookies

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    Breanne says:

    Banana Nut Bread

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    Bryan E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway… almond cookies

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    Buddy Garrett says:

    Chocolate Walnut Brownies is my favorite.

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