Sunday, October 16, 2011

Grape and Candied Walnut Salad

Grape and Candied Walnut Salad recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Despite the fact that October is already soup weather for most of the country, I am beside myself with happiness because cooler weather has finally crept into my corner of the desert. For those of us here in the Valley of the Sun, cooler weather simply means that the temperature has been under 90 for most of the past week. I'm not ready to pack up my shorts and t-shirts yet, but soon, very soon!

I dreamed up this salad the other day and it sounded so good at the time; I am thrilled with the way it turned out. My boys have already requested this again for tomorrow. (I'm ignoring the obvious fact that they love the salad because it basically has candy along with their favorite fruit in it.)

Grape and Candied Walnut Salad
(printable recipe)

Spring mix lettuces or baby spinach leaves (I have made this several times and I actually prefer it with baby spinach leaves now)
Red grapes, sliced in half
Candied walnuts - directions below
Thin slivers of peccorino romano cheese
Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Layer onto plates in the order listed above. Drizzle lightly with the Strawberry Vinaigrette. Enjoy!

To make Candied Walnuts:
(This recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups of candied walnuts. You'll only need a small handful for this salad. Happy snacking!)

1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 cups walnuts, roughly broken into small-ish pieces

In a heavy bottomed saucepan (not a non-stick variety), heat the water and sugar to boiling. When the sugar dissolves and the syrup reaches a boil, add the walnuts. Stir to coat and continue cooking over high heat until syrup is dissolved into a light brown liquid and coats the walnuts.

Once the syrup is dissolved, pour out the candied nuts onto a silpat lined or parchment lined baking sheet. Work quickly to separate the nuts, using a couple of forks. They will be VERY hot. Try not to burn your fingertips. Let them cool completely before storing.

Grape and Candied Walnut Salad recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

15 comments:

  1. Oh THIS looks like something that would be so good.
    I am such a big fan of fruits and nuts with salads !!!
    The dressing sounds like it would be perfect for it too.
    As always....Yummmmmm
    debbi

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  2. Your salad looks delicious!!! I love candied.... um, anything.

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  3. Gorgeous salad, fabulous dressing and delectable walnuts! Love it! I also had to pop over to say how lovely your flourless chocolate cake looks on Monet's blog...amazing!!!!

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  4. This looks amazing! I love a great salad!

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  5. I love the colors in this salad. Sounds delicious and healthy, even with the candied walnuts.

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  6. Candied walnuts!! Oh yum. What a delicious thing to be adding in a salad.

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  7. Mmmmmm. I love salads like this, and your dressing looks perfect!

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  8. Gorgeous salad Mary....
    Perfect for still so hot days here.
    lovely!!!!

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  9. What a gorgeous salad! (I think my kids would eat it too.) You must be loving your warm weather!

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  10. Delicious!!! I love mixing homemade candied walnuts in my salad too :)

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  11. This looks very good. I make a variation with goat cheese, red onion and craisins.

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  12. we must have the same taste buds:-)...this sounds delish! I love a salad with candied walnuts and I have never made my own. The strawberry vinaigrette looks so pretty and it sounds so fresh. We are still trying to get out of the heat here so I am still doing some summer type recipes mixed in with my fall dishes.

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  13. I love salads like this! Looks so tasty!

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  14. Looks delicious. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at foodepix.com.

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