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Candied Walnuts

My entire family loves these sweet nuts! Whenever I make a batch many get nibbled before they make it to their intended dish, which is usually a salad, but they are awesome on sweet potatoes or winter squash as well. The salad at the bottom is one of our go-to dishes to bring to family gatherings, and small group get-togethers.


3 cups whole or chopped walnuts

2 tablespoons water

½ cup pure maple syrup

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons orange juice (about 1 clementine worth)

Salt (optional)


Preheat oven to 325.

Combine ingredients in a heavy saucepan (I love using cast iron for this recipe). Simmer over low heat, stirring constantly, until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

Spread onto a greased cookie sheet and sprinkle with a pinch of salt (if desired). Bake for 10 min stirring after 5 min to avoid burning.

Remove from oven and allow to cool on pan. Enjoy!

Salad Suggestions:

Spinach or Kale

Candied Walnuts

Diced Apples,


Shredded Parmesan.

Combine all ingredients toss and enjoy, or serve all ingredients separately to allow your guests to customize to their preferences.

*For a more summery variation swap apples and Craisins for strawberries, and swap parmesan for feta. Top with a dressing of your choice, I love poppy seed dressing with both variations!

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