Today, Feb. 16, is National Almond Day, which means that there's no time like the present to enjoy a snack, soup, or dessert based on the delectable nut. Keep reading for eight options that will suit your palate whether you're craving something sweet, salty, or in between.
Banana Almond Smoothie
Start your day off right with a creamy banana almond smoothie  that employs both almond butter and almond milk.
Milk Chocolate Almond Spread
Nutella's kissing cousin, velvety milk chocolate almond spread  is a breeze to make and is excellent on toast, slathered on cookies, or as a dessert pizza topping (more on that later).
Za'atar Spiced Almonds
For a low-fuss snack that loves you back, try za'atar spiced almonds .
Don't relegate chilled soups to the Summer months. This hearty almond- and garlic-based vegetarian option  makes for an elegant start to dinnertime anytime of year.
Reine de Saba
Need a showstopping, relatively simple to prepare, celebratory dessert? Look no further than Julia Child 's luxurious chocolate-almond cake . It's fit for a queen.
Almond, Goat Cheese, and Apricot Bites
Serve up a tray of these jewel-like almond and apricot nibbles  at your next soiree, and get prepared for the compliments.
Matcha Almond Shortbread
For a grassy spin on the classic crumbly cookie, try matcha almond shortbread , which gets its alluring hue and a slightly savory flavor (in a good way) from the prized Japanese green tea.
Chocolate-Covered Almond Matzo Toffee
Salty-sweet and crazy easy to make, this nibble is so addictive that it's colloquially known as "chocolate matzo crack ."
Quinoa Salad With Avocado, Dried Fruit, and Almonds
Make brown-bag lunches something to look forward to with this hearty grain-based salad .
Almond Nutella Pizza
Let's be real: if you're going to make only one recipe of the bunch, then this dessert pizza that's slathered with almond Nutella  should be it.