Walnuts take the spotlight in pasta dish
I've always thought walnuts tasted best in cookies, particularly chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies. Quick breads have also been a logical place to put some chopped walnuts.
My mom used to add chopped walnuts to tuna salad. That never did seem like a good match to me, but I do like them sprinkled over a salad of fresh greens with maybe a few little knobs of goat cheese, too.