Money Saving Tips: I found my arugula ($2.50) on sale in the organic produce section. It's a good idea to always browse the whole produce section for unexpected deals. Regular spinach or even a baby spring mix would make a nice substitute. If you don't have pears, thinly sliced apple would work well. Substitute your walnuts for whatever variety you have on hand. Blue cheese or feta could replace the Parmesan.
Arugula, Pear and Candied Walnut Salad with Honey Dressing
Estimated Cost: $5.00 for four servings
Notes: I've written the easiest way to make candied nuts for this recipe and not the science experiment method described above.
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup walnuts
2 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons cider vinegar, or other variety
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 ounces fresh arugula or spinach
2 pears, thinly sliced, peeled or unpeeled
2 ounces thinly shaved Parmesan
Coat a plate sized sheet of waxed paper with cooking spray. In a small skillet, melt sugar over medium heat, watching closely. As soon as the sugar is a deep caramel color, toss in walnuts. Place nuts on prepared waxed paper and break apart as soon as they are cool enough to handle. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, vinegar, salt and pepper. Whisk in oil. To make salad, arrange greens on four separate plates. Top with pears, nuts, and parmesan. Drizzle with dressing and serve. Coming Tomorrow:
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