Grape and Candied Walnut Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Sweet grapes, candied walnuts, crisp greens, and nutty cheese are combined to make one of our favorite salads.
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Calories: 553 kcal
Ingredients
  • SALAD INGREDIENTS:
  • 8 cups baby spinach or spring mix greens
  • 2 cups red grapes sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup candied walnuts see below
  • 1-2 ounces pecorino romano cheese shaved into slivers
  • 1/4 cupĀ  Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • CANDIED WALNUT INGREDIENTS:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups walnuts roughly broken into small-ish pieces
Instructions
  1. TO MAKE THE SALAD:
  2. Combine the greens, grapes, walnuts, and cheese in a large bowl. Drizzle lightly with dressing, and toss to combine. Serve immediately.
  3. TO MAKE CANDIED WALNUTS:
  4. 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.
  5. Once the syrup is dissolved, pour out the candied nuts onto a silicone mat 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. Enjoy!
Notes

This recipe is hugely adaptable. Feel free to change it up however works best for your tastes. Depending on my mood, I may add slivers of red onion, or swap the grapes for fresh berries. Feta and gorgonzola cheese also work well with this salad. While it works great with both baby spinach and spring mix greens, I tend to use baby spinach most of the time. The above recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups of candied walnuts. You'll only need a small handful for this salad. Happy snacking!