FOFF Spring Mix Salad with Spiced Walnuts

by Joanne on June 6, 2012

Another delicious recommendation from Carla Vavala and found in her book Fusion of Food and Friends. This salad didn’t need any additional dressing and the walnuts were not so spicy since I changed the recipe but the entire salad mix sure was tasty.

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Serves 4

  • 4 cups spring mix salad
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 1/2 cup sugar (*I used about 1/4 cup of Agave light syrup)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • *clementine or mandarin oranges (*I used a southern corn and bean mixture, 10 oz can, heated then put on top of the salad)
  • 2 TBS Craisins
  • 1 – 2 scallions, chopped
  • Citrus or balsamic dressing if you need it – we didn’t need it.

Divide the spring salad mix among salad serving bowls.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Arrange walnuts on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly brown.

Combine the sugar(or agave), water, cinnamon, salt, pepper in a small saucepan. Cook until the mix bubbles then remove from heat. Stir in the roasted walnuts to coat.

Spray a sheet of foil with non stick spray and spread the walnuts on the foil. Allow to cool.

Add the oranges(or corn mixture), craisins, scallions to your salad bowls.. Top and toss with walnuts.

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A light and easy meal. Perfect to end a busy day when you don’t want to take on an hours worth of cooking.

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  • At 2012.06.07 09:06, Ali @ Peaches and Football said:

    This does look really good. When you used the corn/bean mixture – was there any seasoning in it or was it just straight up corn and beans?

    Definitely need to get more salads into the meal rotation!

    • At 2012.06.07 16:45, CJ at Food Stories said:

      Mmm … This looks totally amazing!

      • At 2012.06.08 08:53, Sara said:

        This looks really good! Thank you for sharing this!

        • At 2012.06.08 16:24, Choc Chip Uru said:

          A spring salad indeed but it seems too yummy for me to wait another 3 months 😀

          Choc Chip Uru

          • At 2012.06.08 16:42, misszippy1 said:

            Sounds really fantastic! Do you usually use 1/2 the amount of agave when sugar is called for?

            • At 2012.07.16 08:43, Clare Bills said:

              This looks fabulous! I love the idea of the spicy nuts as an addition. Thanks for the ideas! Nana Clare

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