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Fennel, Tangerine, and Candied Walnut Salad Recipe 2010-03-09 11:06:37

Tangerine and Candied Walnut Salad

Tangerine and Candied Walnut Salad

From Woman's Day

Fennel, Tangerine, and Candied Walnut Salad Recipe 2010-03-09 11:06:37

Ingredients

  1. Candied Walnuts
    1⁄2 cup sugar
    1 cup walnut pieces
    Dressing
    1⁄2 tsp grated tangerine or clementine peel
    1⁄3 cup fresh-squeezed tangerine or clementine juice
    1⁄3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    1 Tbsp cider vinegar
    1⁄4 tsp salt
    1⁄4 tsp freshly ground pepper
    1 medium bulb fennel (anise), stalks and leaves removed, bulb halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
    1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
    10 oz mixed baby salad greens (about 12 cups)
    6 small tangerines or clementines, peeled and sectioned
    1⁄2 cup oil-cured black olives, pitted

Directions

  1. Candied Walnuts: Line a baking sheet with nonstick foil. Put sugar and 2 Tbsp water in small saucepan. Swirl pan to moisten sugar evenly. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until sugar melts and caramelizes to a rich amber-brown color (watch carefully that it doesn’t burn). Remove from heat, add walnuts and stir with a fork to coat nuts. Lift nuts to prepared baking sheet, separating nuts with the fork into an even layer. Let cool until caramel hardens.
  2. Whisk Dressing ingredients in a large bowl to blend.
  3. Add fennel and red onion; let stand 15 minutes to soften slightly.
  4. Add re­maining ingredients and walnuts; toss to mix. Transfer to a serving bowl.

Serves 6-8.

Make ahead: The walnuts can be candied up to 4 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature. The dressing and salad ingredients can be prepared up to 8 hours ahead. Bag separately and refrigerate. Toss salad with dressing just before serving.

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