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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2014

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Recipe Summary

total:
40 mins
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

Candied Walnuts
Salad

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare walnuts: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a small baking pan with parchment paper; coat with cooking spray.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

Tips

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 Facts

209 calories; protein 3.5g 7% DV; carbohydrates 17.2g 6% DV; dietary fiber 3.5g 14% DV; sugars 11.2g; fat 15.7g 24% DV; saturated fat 1.5g 7% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 652.2IU 13% DV; vitamin c 6.9mg 12% DV; folate 46.4mcg 12% DV; calcium 71.9mg 7% DV; iron 1mg 6% DV; magnesium 43.9mg 16% DV; potassium 251.1mg 7% DV; sodium 235.9mg 9% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 8% DV; added sugar 4g.

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04/04/2015
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!! Read More