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    Butter Lettuce Salad With Candied Walnuts

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    22 mins

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    12 mins

    Pianolady's Note:

    This is a delicious salad that I adapted from one by Sandra Lee of Semi-Homemade Cooking on the Food Network. She recommends using an Asian-style salad dressing such as miso dressing or ginger dressing. We definitely prefer using a raspberry walnut vinaigrette. Also, the amount of cinnamon used in the candied walnuts may be decreased if desired -- I prefer just a little less, as well as the fact that the cinnamon seems to make it take longer for the walnuts to crystallize in the oven. I hope you enjoy this!

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    Candied Walnuts



    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 375°.
    2. 2
      Line a sheet pan with Silpat (or with aluminum foil, sprayed with non-stick spray).
    3. 3
      In a 10" skillet over medium heat, add 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons of orange juice (or tangerine juice-- or a combination).
    4. 4
      Bring to a simmer, then add the walnuts.
    5. 5
      Cook until sugar is absorbed and mixture starts to caramelize around walnuts, stirring constantly-- about 2 minutes.
    6. 6
      In a small bowl, mix the cinnamon and remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar.
    7. 7
      Toss the walnuts in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
    8. 8
      Place walnuts in a single layer on the prepared sheet pan.
    9. 9
      Bake until walnuts appear crystallized and toasted (approximately 8 or more minutes).
    10. 10
      Set aside.
    11. 11
      Place 4 to 6 dry butter lettuce leaves on each plate.
    12. 12
      Randomly place orange segments, onion slices and walnuts on top of each lettuce bed.
    13. 13
      Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of dressing on top of each salad and serve.
    14. 14
      (We prefer a Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette).
    15. 15

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 15, 2007


      I also made this after watching Sandra Lee. The original recipe did double the walnuts and ingredients to candy them. Since I had several people into them before the salad was served, it was good that I had extra. I often just make the candied walnuts and serve on fruit and other salads. I also use a raspberry dressing.

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    • on January 29, 2005


      This is a wonderful salad. The candied walnuts is a wonderful addition to this salad. I followed your suggestion and cut back on the cinnamon a little. What an elegant salad that is easy to prepare.

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    Nutritional Facts for Butter Lettuce Salad With Candied Walnuts

    Serving Size: 1 (171 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 329.9
    Calories from Fat 201
    Total Fat 22.3 g
    Saturated Fat 2.7 g
    Cholesterol 18.1 mg
    Sodium 237.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 30.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
    Sugars 23.5 g
    Protein 6.8 g

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