Pear & Arugula Salad with Candied Walnuts


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.

Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings


Candied Walnuts

  • 1 cup walnut halves

  • 4 teaspoons water

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • 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


  1. To prepare walnuts: Preheat oven to 400 degrees 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 Facts (per serving)

209 Calories
16g Fat
17g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 209
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 11g
Added Sugars 4g 8%
Protein 4g 7%
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Vitamin A 652IU 13%
Vitamin C 7mg 8%
Folate 46mcg 12%
Sodium 236mg 10%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 44mg 10%
Potassium 251mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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