Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Green Salad with Spiced Walnuts

I found this salad recipe in All You Magazine, and it looked so good!  Normally I'm not a fan of nuts, but they were good in this recipe.

Green Salad with Spiced Walnuts

2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cumin
1 cup shelled walnut halves, toasted

3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp grated orange zest
2 tbsp orange juice
salt and pepper
1 large head or 2 small heads of red leaf lettuce (I just had romaine, so I used that)
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced
salt and pepper

Make walnuts: Whisk sugar, olive oil, 2 tbsp water, salt, cinnamon and cumin in a skillet.  Add walnuts and toss to coat.  Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until nuts are crisp and slightly glazed; about two minutes. 

Make salad: Whisk olive oil, vinegar, orange zest and juice in a large bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Tear lettuce into large pieces and pile on top.  Add celery and apple; toss.  Top with walnuts and serve.

If you'd like, you could just add the walnuts without making them spicy.  You might want to try them spicy, though.  The ingredients sound a bit weird, but they make the walnuts have an interesting taste.  Even Handy Boy liked them!  

Also, the dressing is hard to see in the photo, since it's so light-colored.  It's a nice, light, sweet salad dressing. 

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Linda@Coastal Charm said...

This sounds soooo yummy...I'm so a SALAD gal! I'm going to feature you tomorrow on my blog...would love for you to come by and grab my starfish button for your blog.


Johnnie said...

Yummy! Thanks for sharing. I love the combo of walnuts and sweet dressing. Going to have to give it a go. Blessings....

Saved By Love Creations

It's a Keeper said...

HI! I'm hosting a link up this week -- It's a Keeper Thursdays! I hope you can come over and link up!

It's a Keeper

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

This salad looks so yummy! I just want to sit down and eat it! I am going to print this and put it in my 'salads' binder! Angie xo

Elizabeth said...

Yum! I love a sprinkle of walnuts on my salad, adds texture! I will have to try making these spiced ones!

Val said...

Such a perfect salad!!

Cranberry Morning said...

I love walnuts, and that looks so good! Found you on Girl Creative. :-)

Mary said...

Wow, I love it! Thank you for sharing at Masterpiece Monday. Have a nice week! Mary :O)

Karen said...

Your salad looks fabulous! I have copied your recipe and will give it a try soon. I love these sort of nuts in salad!!
Thanks for sharing.
Ladybug Creek

It's a Keeper said...

Hi! I host a weekly blog hop -- It's a Keeper Thursdays. I'd love for you to stop by and link up!

Christina @ It's a Keeper

Kimra said...

im totally in to salads right now so this is making me DROOL! Thanks for the comment. I'm your newest follower!

Mary said...

Hi, I featured your salad this week on my top ten favorite picks! Thank you for sharing this awesome salad recipe on Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage! Mary :O)

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