Friday, August 19, 2011

Candied Walnut Gorgonzola Salad

On the same day that I made my Cranberry Granola Nut Bars, I also made this Candied Walnut Gorgonzola Salad. No I'm not turning into a health nut, faaaar from it (although I am obsessed with nuts lately...can you tell?). All in all, I'm just trying to eat healthier on the days when I'm not out stuffing my face at restaurants. Simple as that.


I bought a huge bag of cranberries for my Cranberry Granola Nut Bars so I knew I wanted to incorporate that in my salad. I also love having cheese (of any kind) in it so I was pretty happy when I found this recipe; it had everything that I was looking for...and more! It was my first time making candied walnuts and I can seriously just munch on them non stop (had to stop myself or else there wouldn't be any left for the salad). The crunchiness and sweetness from the walnuts, combined with the strong Gorgonzola and the sourness from the dried cranberries, makes this Candied Walnut Gorgonzola Salad my fav salad right now.  


Really. Consider doubling the walnuts for snacking =D


Candied Walnut Gorgonzola Salad - adapted from allrecipes
(4 servings)


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry vinaigrette
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Note: I used spinach instead of mixed greens (I spinach)

Instructions

1. Place walnuts and sugar in a skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves into a light brown liquid and coats the walnuts.


2. Remove the walnuts from skillet, and spread them out on a sheet of aluminum foil to cool. 



3. Place in a large salad bowl the mixed greens, cranberries, cheese, vinaigrette, vinegar, and olive oil. Too gently.


4. Add candied walnuts, and toss again. DONE!









4 comments:

Joanne said...

Looks delicious! I know that those candied nuts are addictive. I make a similar salad with spinach and cranberries but I add orange segments and plain walnuts (or pecans) and crumbled feta or blue cheese. One thing I really love is adding some walnut oil (you must try it!) to the dressing (50-50 olive/walnut oil), some orange juice and lots of fresh pepper. 

Graham Rowlands said...

Mmmm looks delicious! I love dried cranberries on every salad and those candied walnuts look awesome!

Graham Rowlands said...

One thing though... what's the deal with the dressing? Make your own vinaigrette! If you want an easy salad dressing I use Olive Oil w/ Sweeted Rice Wine Vinegar (this kind (the others arent good!): http://images.wikia.com/recipes/images/6/6b/Rice_vinegar.jpg).

Ronald said...

Never ate so much salad before....haha

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