Toasted walnuts, caramelized with maple syrup and a pinch of smoked salt make a tasty salad topper. Whip up these heart-healthy maple-glazed walnuts for your next healthy salad.
These Maple Glazed Walnuts are so simple to make! They'll take a salad from mundane to magnificent in 3 short minutes.
I add them to this Persimmon Pomegranate Salad with Maple Walnuts along with pomegranate arils, and to this Roasted Sweet Potato Spinach Salad with Maple Walnuts and Bacon , but they will dress up any salad, adding that sought-after crunch.
How to make Maple Glazed Walnuts
- Heat a skillet over medium heat.
- Add walnuts and maple syrup to the skillet and heat, watching carefully and swirling the pan occasionally.
- Once the nuts begin to brown and the syrup is caramelized, remove to a clean plate or a sheet of parchment paper.
- Sprinkle lightly with sea salt or with smoked sea salt.
- Separate and let cool completely.
Walnuts are heart-healthy!
Just one-quarter cup of walnuts will provide over 100 percent of the daily recommended value of plant-based omega-3 fats. Eating walnuts regularly may also help reduce the risk of prostate and breast cancer and may benefit those with heart disease. Walnuts also contain powerful anti-oxidants, making them a superfood.
Toss a few on your next salad. Here's to your health!
Maple Glazed Walnuts
- 1 cup walnut halves
- 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
- pinch of sea salt (smoked sea salt is particularly good)
- Heat a small skillet over medium heat.
- Add the walnuts and maple syrup and cook, stirring occasionally until walnuts are toasted and syrup has caramelized, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with a pinch of smoked sea salt.
- Cool before adding to a salad.