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Candied Walnuts With Herb Salad Mix

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A spicy salad mix to compliment the yummy homemade candied walnuts that are savory and sweet!!
  Candied walnuts 2 Tablespoon
  Walnut pieces 1 Cup (16 tbs) (May Use Various Sizes)
  Red wine 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Balsamic vinegar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Brown sugar 1 Tablespoon
  Cinnamon 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Vanilla 1 Dash
For salad
  Herb salad 10 Ounce (1 Bag)
  Beets 2 Medium, scrubbed
  Goat cheese 3 Ounce, rolled in dried cranberries if available, if not add 1/4 cup dried cranberries to the salad
  Dried cranberries 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
For dressing
  Balsamic vinegar 2 Tablespoon
  Sal y pimienta 1 Tablespoon
  Avocado oil/Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Freshly ground black pepper To Taste

Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast for about 10 min 350 degrees. Place the beets in the oven as well. After taking out the walnuts, raise the temperature to 400 degrees and cook the beets for an additional 20 minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile, reduce the wine, vinegar, sugar and cinnamon in nonstick pan for about 10 minutes at a medium heat. Reduce heat if liquid begins to boil so it simmers. Should reduce by about a third. Add the toasted walnuts and stir to coat. Continue cooking over a med heat until all liquid dissolves and creates a glaze over the nuts. Remove from heat.

After the herb lettuce mix is plated, add the roasted beets, and break pieces of the cranberry goat cheese into the salad. Drizzle balsamic vinegar and oil over the salad; then place the candied walnuts on top. Add fresh ground black pepper.

Serve with Cream of Tomato Soup and bread.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
The purpose of the the herb salad mix is to be able to give a healthy reason to enjoy the candied walnuts. You can control how much sugar you add to the walnuts (or any other nut you decide to candy) and the wine is optional. You can add a few tablespoons of olive oil to the reduction but I find it unnecessary additional fat and calories. It's a great time to start enjoying salads with warm weather around the corner.
Salad with Walnuts

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