Whenever I go to a restaurant and order salad, I love it when it comes with candied nuts. I’m sure the ones they serve aren’t very healthy. I find them quite addicting and I usually end up eating them all, besides the ones my husband steals off of my plate!
I wanted to make a salad with some candied nuts, but of course, I wanted to make the “healthier” version. So I did. And I’m going to share it with you.
The candied pecans in this salad are absolutely delicious. And, they aren’t made with white, refined sugar! Instead of white sugar to sweeten the pecans, I opted for pure maple syrup.
As I type up this post, I look out the window and see grey clouds and rain. Not really a day that calls for a cool and crisp salad. However, last week it was smokin’ hot here, and we didn’t feel like eating any large meals. Plus, I hate turning on the oven when it’s so hot out. This Green Salad with Candied Pecans, Cranberries and Goat Cheese was the perfect light dinner during last week’s heat wave.
Combining the sweet candied pecans with the tart dired cranberries and goat cheese was so delicious. I couldn’t stop eating the candied pecans, I literally had to give them to my husband to finish or else I would have eaten them all.
This salad makes a light dinner, so if you want to add some extra calories and protein, I suggest adding some lean grilled chicken breast. Or, make this salad for lunch and enjoy eating it outside on a nice hot day.
Either way, I know you’re going to love this combination. And if you have any candied pecans leftover, which I’m sure you won’t, you can put them in a container with a lid and save them for another day.