Citrus Salad with Maple Cayenne Candied Walnuts is a healthy, yummy meal! Mesclun greens piled high with cheese, nuts, + fruit – easy to make and delicious! This post is sponsored by Diamond Nuts.
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Are you in the mood for the most epic salad? Cause I’m bringing it to ya!
I’m all for team #NoBoringSalad around here… I don’t know about you. There is nothing worse than a big bowl of blah iceberg lettuce with some lame tomatoes + cucumbers on it.
Booooring, no thanks. If I’m eating a bowl of vegetables it has to taste delicious, and over the years I’ve come up with what I believe to be the perfect science to a salad.
Here’s my formula: favorite greens + seasonal fruit + little bit of good quality cheese + nuts for crunch = perfection.
Dressing (like my Healthy Lemon Basil Vinaigrette) can amplify the flavor, but sometimes you don’t even need them when you’ve got ingredients that are full of flavor!
The greens, fruit + cheese combo in this salad is delicious – but the star of the show is without a doubt these Maple Cayenne Candied Walnuts.
I mean.. can we just admire them for a sec? Hangin’ out on this cookie sheet in a pool of maple-y, spicy goodness, just waiting to get nice and crispy coated in the oven. YUM.
I love candied walnuts, and think they’re the best addition to pretty much any salad. They add crunch, some sweetness, healthy fats… so much goodness!
I didn’t realize you could make your own until Tyler tried it once when we were in college.. they were SO much better than the ones you get pre-made in the store, and so easy to do!
How to make Maple Candied Walnuts:
I rarely cook with cayenne because it’s so strong, but since the maple was so sweet – I knew it would be a perfect combo.
Simply whisk together, coat the walnuts, and bake – 15 minutes in the oven was all I needed for the perfect salad topping!
In addition to being so incredibly delicious, Diamond’s Shelled Walnuts are packed with protein, healthy fats, and are a great source of copper + manganese.
They also have 2.5g of Omega-3s per serving. As someone who definitely doesn’t get enough Omega-3s in their diet, I love that I can throw a handful of these on my salad and get my daily dose in.
I know that you’re going to love the flavor these candied walnuts bring to the salad along their other companions: fresh orange, goat cheese, pine nuts + hemp hearts.
Things you need to make this Citrus Salad:
The maple cayenne candied walnuts go well on pretty much any salad, but they’re also great on a cheese board or even as a little snack! No matter how you use them – I know you’ll love them!
Substitutions for this citrus salad recipe:
Greens – This salad works great with spinach or arugula
Citrus – I haven’t tried this with grapefruit, but I bet it would be delicious
Cheese – I love goat cheese but you can sub in blue cheese, feta, or any other cheese you love!
I want to know – what do you usually put on your salads to make them less boring?! I’m always looking for new things to try!
Other Healthy Salads/Dressings
- Strawberry Avocado Goat Cheese Salad
- Healthy Summer Peach Arugula Salad
- Healthy Lemon Basil Vinaigrette
- 10 Whole30 Dressings You Have to Try
Citrus Salad with Maple Cayenne Candied Walnuts
For the Walnuts:
- Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a bowl, whisk together maple syrup, cinnamon + cayenne pepper. Add Diamond Shelled Walnuts to the bowl and toss to coat evenly.
- Spread coated walnuts on a sheet of parchment. Bake for 15 minutes.
- While walnuts are baking, assemble salad. Top salad with candied walnuts + enjoy
- Nuts - You can sub pecans for walnuts. You can omit pine nuts if you prefer
- Greens - This salad works great with spinach or arugula
- Citrus - I haven't tried this with grapefruit, but I bet it would be delicious
- Cheese - I love goat cheese but you can sub in blue cheese, feta, or any other cheese you love!