Toasted Salt & Pepper Almonds

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Toasted Salt & Pepper Almonds are the perfect crunchy topping for salads and snacks!

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So, our group at work has decided that we are back on our healthy lunch kick after the holidays and so, I had to do some prep this weekend.  Chopping veggies, getting salad stuff ready, packing healthy snacks … you know, so I don’t cave to the Cuban restaurant downstairs in our building that bakes soft bread fresh every day for their authentic Cuban subs.  And makes homemade ropa vieja and tostones.  And tender roast pork served with black beans and rice … {Shake it off, shake it off!} Anyway, as part of my lunch prep, I made a batch of crispy sliced almonds sprinkled with tons of salt and pepper to add some crunch to my lunch!!

Toasted Salt & Pepper Almonds

Toasted Salt & Pepper Almonds are the perfect crunchy topping for salads and snacks!
I love to add all sorts of “things” to my salad … different kinds of lettuce, various veggies, cheese (of course!), beans, grilled chicken and definitely something crunchy.  Since the truckload of croutons I like on salad aren’t going to help me look better in that tankini (because bikini?  no!), these crunchy sliced almonds are the perfect alternative!

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Toasted salt & pepper almonds are the perfect crunchy topping for salad, cottage cheese and more! They are super easy to make at home and so delicious!


  • 8 oz. sliced unsalted almonds
  • Olive oil (I used my Misto)
  • Salt (I used Pink Himalayan salt from Trader Joe’s)
  • Fresh black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Spread sliced almonds in a single layer on the parchment.
  4. Spritz the almonds with olive oil – you don’t have to drench them in oil, just spritz enough for the salt and pepper to stick to the almonds.
  5. Alternately, you can drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the almonds in a small bowl, stir to coat and then spread them over the parchment.
  6. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.
  7. Bake for about 12 minutes – stir at 6 minutes, spread the almonds back out and bake another 6 minutes or until the nuts are toasted and brown but not burnt. Ovens bake differently, so just keep an eye on them as they get close to the 10-12 minute mark.
  8. Allow almonds to cool and store in an air tight container.

Because I was SO excited to use them for a recipe, I had to share two of my recent kitchen purchases in my picture – Trader Joe’s pink Himalayan salt and my Misto olive oil sprayer {affiliate link in case you need one, like I did}.  So excited in fact, I didn’t even wipe the crumbs off of our stove.  Real life in the Shaken Together kitchen 😉

Toasted Salt & Pepper Almonds are the perfect crunchy topping for salads and snacks!

Back to these almonds … this may be one of the easiest “recipes” I have ever shared with you.  Spread the almonds, mist with olive oil, liberally sprinkle on salt and pepper and bake until toasted! Salad isn’t the only meal that gets the love from these crunchy almonds.  These would be delicious sprinkled over roasted green beans.  I also sprinkle these toasted salt & pepper almonds on top of my cottage cheese.  Sometimes I eat it for breakfast, sometimes I eat it for lunch.  Always, always with some of these crunchy little guys sprinkled on top.

Toasted Salt & Pepper Almonds are the perfect crunchy topping for salads and snacks!

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  1. These look so good to me! I would eat almonds on everything if I could…thanks! (found you on Moonlight and Mason Jars)

  2. These look really really good-and I already have everything on hand to make them! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Keri – I just printed this recipe to make today. We are always on the lookout for healthier additions to our day. I think I may use smoked salt that I have on hand – can’t wait to taste!

  4. Hey! I have those same bowls!!! Love them! This looks great, thanks for linking up at the pinworthy projects link party!

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