Pear & Arugula Salad with Candied Walnuts

Pear & Arugula Salad with Candied Walnuts

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2014

This pear and arugula salad recipe is topped with homemade candied walnuts, which are incredibly easy to make in the oven. For a touch of heat, add a pinch of ground chipotle or cayenne to the walnuts before baking.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • Candied Walnuts
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 4 teaspoons water
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Salad
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 8 cups baby arugula
  • 2 firm ripe red pears, sliced


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  1. To prepare walnuts: Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a small baking pan with parchment paper; coat with cooking spray.
  2. Toss walnuts with water in a bowl. Sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon and salt; toss to coat. Transfer to the prepared pan. Bake until the sugar is melted and the nuts are just starting to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool in the pan until the sugar hardens, about 10 minutes.
  3. To prepare salad: Mash garlic and salt into a paste in a mortar and pestle or with the side of a knife on a cutting board. Transfer to a large bowl and whisk in oil, mustard, vinegar and pepper. Add arugula, pears and the walnuts; toss to coat.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare walnuts (Steps 1-2) and let cool completely; store airtight for up to 1 day.
  • Equipment: Parchment paper
  • The candied walnuts in this salad are also a great topping for pumpkin pie or oatmeal. If you're making a big batch, be sure to use a larger baking pan so they aren't crowded.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1⅓ cups
  • Per serving: 209 calories; 16 g fat(1 g sat); 4 g fiber; 17 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 46 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 11 g sugars; 4 g added sugars; 652 IU vitamin A; 7 mg vitamin C; 72 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 236 mg sodium; 251 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: ½ fruit, 3 fat

Reviews 1

April 04, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious! This salad is amazing! For a party, make the walnuts and dressing ahead, toss all together just before serving. I found that substituting mixed greens for the arugula tastes great with this too! Everyone always loves it!!
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