In need of a quick meal hack that will add some crunch, nutrition and flavor to any dish? I've been making this Easy Savory and Salty Pecan Crumble to sprinkle on soups, salads, pizzas and pastas! It makes even basic meals feel fresh and exciting, and it's made with just three ingredients!
Don't you love a garnish that makes a simple dish feel intentional and fancy? For me, it's one of the keys to making weeknight meals or leftovers feel exciting and fresh! A handful of pomegranate seeds, a sprinkle of Sweet and Spiced Roasted Chickpeas, or a drizzle of Homemade Cashew Cream brings new life into a meal. One of the more recent garnishes I've been enjoying is this Savory and Salty Pecan Crumble! Pecans add awesome plant-based protein to my meal, but they also give it a bit of crunch, texture, and dimension that I've been craving. It's an easy add-on that I've been reaching for again and again!
Pecan Crumble Ingredients
This is a short and simple ingredient list! In fact, if you have pecans, I would bet you can make this savory Pecan Crumble today and enjoy it with your next meal!
- Pecans - Pecans add plant-based protein, healthy fats, and fiber, as well as copper and zinc. They also contain thiamine (or vitamin B1) that helps your body convert carbohydrates into energy! Grab raw, unsalted pecans for this recipe.
- Olive oil - This recipe is really, really low oil...barely a splash! I use two teaspoons of olive oil to help the salt stick to the pecans and crumble a little better in the processor.
- Salt - Just like with the oil, we're barely using any! Just a pinch of salt brings out the natural flavors of the pecans and makes this simple garnish pop.
How to Make Pecan Crumble
Bake, process, and enjoy! Place the whole pecans on a bare baking sheet and bake them for 8 minutes, until they're warm and fragrant, and then pull them out and immediately put them in a food processor. Add olive oil and salt, then pulse just a couple times. I usually pulse them about five times! Over-processing will make the pecans mushy and not crumbly or crunchy. They taste best fresh and they're really quick to make, so I like to make small batches!
Using Savory Pecan Crumble
I use pecan crumble as a sprinkle that adds a bit of crunch to my favorite savory dishes! You can add it on top of salads, soups, pasta or pizza for additional nutrition, texture, and subtle nutty flavor.
- Soups: Easy Vegan Blender Pumpkin Soup, Best Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup,
- Salads: Thanksgiving Kale Salad with Maple Lemon Tahini Dressing, Pear and Roasted Beet Arugula Salad, Vegan Apple Arugula Salad, Plant Powered Fall Quinoa and Arugula Salad
- Pasta: Vegan Pumpkin Risotto, Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Black Lentils and Creamy Marinara, Caramelized Onion Apple Pasta or Easy Creamy Vegan Pasta Sauce
- Pizza: Easy Vegan Skillet White Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Roasted Garlic, and Fresh Basil, with Cast Iron Skillet Pizza Crust and Easy Vegan Mozzarella Cheese, or on top of Easy Zucchini Bites
This easy recipe is gluten-free, vegan (dairy- and egg-free!), soy-free, peanut-free, and made without any sugar. It's a totally plant-based, allergen-friendly garnish! Please drop a review on Instagram and tag me on Instagram so I can see all of your kitchen adventures. I love hearing that you've made my recipes at home!
In need of a quick meal hack that will add some crunch and flavor to any dish? I've been making this Easy Savory and Salty Pecan Crumble to sprinkle on soups, salads, pizzas and pastas! It makes even basic meals feel fresh and exciting, and it's made with just three ingredients!
- 1 cup raw pecans
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon fine salt
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place pecans on a bare baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes until warm and fragrant.
- Immediately place the warm pecans in a mini food processor. Add the olive oil and salt. Pulse about five times until the pecans have a coarse crumb texture. Do not over-process or it will become mushy and not crumbly.
- Sprinkle overtop anything fall and savory such as salads, soups, pasta or pizza. Best when fresh.
- Allow the leftovers to fully cool to room temperature before storing. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 8
- Category: Condiment
- Method: Oven
Keywords: vegan pecan crumble