Candied Walnut Strawberry Salad

Strawberries and summer, naturally go together. This strawberry salad is perfect to serve in your own backyard or take to a block party. It looks amazing in a shallow bowl. Using red lettuce gives this a tender texture instead of a hard crunch, then the walnuts ad a great crunch. The pickled onions and cabbage add an amazing sweet and sour flavor that will surprise all your guest. All these flavors and textures combine to create a truly spectacular salad.

Strawberries

Wash strawberries and slice

Onions and cabbage
Combine vinegar and sugar, bring to boil and pour over onions and cabbage. Stir frequently to distribute the vinegar mix. Set aside to marinate and allow to cool.
Lettuce
Wash lettuce and in spinner, let soak in cool water for 30 minutes. Spin several times to remove any water. Put in large shallow bowl. Keep cool.
Dressing, using the vinegar from the onions/ cabbage, add 2 tablespoon olive oil. Shake vigorously.
Prepare salad
To make the salad Place a layer of lettuce then 1/2 of onions/cabbage, 1/2 strawberries repeat with a second layer then top with walnuts and feta cheese. Arrange things evenly so it looks pretty to serve. Drizzle with salad dressing serve ASAP.
Serve immediately.

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat, add 1 cup walnuts, ¼ cup granulated sugar and 1 Tbsp butter.
Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently so your mixture doesn’t burn. When the sugar mixture starts melting, stir constantly until all sugar is melted and nuts are coated.
Transfer immediately onto a sheet of parchment paper and separate the nuts right away. Otherwise you end with balls of nuts instead of nice single ones, move quickly from the time the nuts are coated until they are separated out on the parchment paper. Once the coating hardens (5-7 minutes), you can transfer them to a bowl and enjoy! Try not to eat too many before they get into the salad. It is really tempting.

Ingredients
  • Salad
  • 2 cups red leaf lettuce washed and torn into large pieces
  • 8 strawberries, sliced
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Candied Walnuts
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • Pickled onions and cabbage
  • 1 cup sliced purple onion
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
  • ⅔ cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar or honey
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ cup olive oil
Instructions
  1. Onions and cabbage
  2. Combine vinegar and sugar, bring to boil and pour over onions and cabbage. Stir frequently to distribute the vinegar mix.
  3. Candied walnuts
  4. Heat a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat, add 1 cup walnuts, ¼ cup granulated sugar and 1 Tbsp butter.
  5. Heat over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently so your mixture doesn’t burn. When the sugar mixture starts melting, stir constantly until all sugar is melted and nuts are coated.
  6. Transfer immediately onto a sheet of parchment paper and separate the nuts right away. Otherwise you end with balls of nuts instead of nice single ones, move quickly from the time the nuts are coated until they are separated out on the parchment paper.
  7. Once the coating hardens (5-7 minutes), you can transfer them to a bowl and enjoy!
  8. For the pickled shallots, Bring vinegar, sugar or sugar substitute and salt up to a simmer in a saucepan and pour over sliced shallots. Allow to cool.
  9. Lettuce
  10. Wash lettuce and in spinner, let soak in cool water for 30 minutes. Spin several times to remove any water. Put in large shallow bowl. Keep cool.
  11. Dressing, using the vinegar from the onions/ cabbage, add 2 tablespoon olive oil. Shake vigorously.
  12. Prepare salad
  13. To make the salad Place a layer of lettuce then ½ of onions/cabbage, ½ strawberries repeat with a second layer then top with walnuts and feta cheese. Arrange things evenly so it looks pretty to serve. Drizzle with salad dressing serve ASAP.
  14. Serve immediately.
Notes
Chase the salad eater did not say a word he said down and yum just started eating and “mmmm”ing until his serving was gone. Thsn watched until every one had a serving them grabbed the bowl and cleaned it up. I guess he liked itI
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