Maple-Rosemary Glazed Walnuts

Maple Rosemary Glazed Walnuts

I am a big fan of green salads topped with fruit and nuts, especially when the nuts are glazed or spiced!  I also love snacking on nuts – salted, spiced, glazed, smoke-flavored – I love them all.  I’m not sure why I’ve never tried making something like this before, but these glazed walnuts were so simple I’m kicking myself for not trying it sooner.

When I first saw Ellie Krieger’s recipe for Maple Glazed Walnuts, I was a little skeptical that they would turn out right.  It just seemed too easy.  If the recipe had been attributed to any other Food Network celebrity I’m not sure I even would have tried it, but I trust Ellie more than some of the others.

I was lucky enough to meet Ms. Krieger last year during my cherry trip to Michigan.  She did a quick cooking demonstration using tart cherries for a handful of bloggers, myself included.  I’m not sure why I haven’t gushed about this before, but Ellie Krieger was super-friendly, absolutely beautiful, and a really great cook.  Although I hadn’t really watched her show before, I became a big fan after meeting her in person and hearing her talk about food and cooking.  I don’t have any of her cookbooks yet, but I’ve heard really good things about The Food You Crave and So Easy, and they’re both on my wish list!

Let’s get back to the walnuts.  I decided to go ahead and give the glazed walnuts a try, but thought the addition of some fresh chopped rosemary might be interesting.  Well, I knew it would be interesting, but I was hoping it would also be good.  It was.  The recipe worked perfectly.  I ended up with delicious glazed walnuts in less than five minutes!

Green Salad with Strawberries, Blue Cheese and Glazed Walnuts

The first thing I did – other than nonstop snacking on glazed walnuts – was make this delicious green salad with strawberries, blue cheese, and strawberry-balsamic vinaigrette.  The walnuts were a perfect addition.  Enjoy!

Maple-Rosemary Glazed Walnuts
adapted from this recipe by Ellie Krieger

2 cups walnut halves
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
pinch of kosher salt

In a small bowl, stir together maple syrup, rosemary, and a pinch of salt.  Heat a dry skillet (I used nonstick) over medium-high heat.  Add walnuts to the hot skillet and pour in maple syrup mixture.  Cook, stirring frequently, until maple syrup has caramelized, about 3 minutes.  Spread walnuts out on a sheet of parchment paper and sprinkle with a bit more salt if desired.  Let cool.

Green Salad with Strawberries, Blue Cheese, Glazed Walnuts and Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

mixed greens of your choice
sliced strawberries
maple-rosemary glazed walnuts
crumbled blue cheese
salt
freshly ground black pepper
strawberry-balsamic vinaigrette (recipe below)

Combine first four ingredients in a salad bowl, drizzle with vinaigrette, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and a couple grinds of black pepper.  Toss well to combine.  Serve immediately

Strawberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette

4 medium strawberries
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/2 cup canola oil (or any other neutral-flavored oil), plus more to taste
salt and pepper to taste

In a blender, puree strawberries, vinegar and mustard. With blender running on low speed, slowly pour in the oil in a very thin stream until it has all been incorporated. Taste and add a bit more oil if the dressing is too strong (I like my dressings a bit on the vinegary side, so I don’t add more oil).  Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Store in fridge, use within a few days.

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36 Comments
  1. pam

    This is the kind of recipe I love bookmarking!

    4:00 am  Jun 10th, 2010
  2. Patricia Scarpin

    Oh, Nic, those nuts would turn any dish into something extra special! What a beautiful, colorful salad – you’ve added my three favorite salad add ins: cheese, fruit and nuts, yum!

    4:55 am  Jun 10th, 2010
  3. Phoo-D

    This looks very similar to one of my favorite Nordstrom’s Cafe salads! I love spiced walnuts and have heard great things about Ellie’s cookbooks too. I am going to buy blue cheese and give this a try!

    4:59 am  Jun 10th, 2010
  4. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday

    Wow, you got to meet her? How cool!

    5:16 am  Jun 10th, 2010
  5. Kalyn

    The walnuts and the salad both sound wonderful. How fun to meet Ellie Krieger. I do tend to trust her more than the others too, although I have one of her cookbooks and so far every recipe I’ve tried is a little under-spiced for my taste. Good basic ideas though.

    6:32 am  Jun 10th, 2010
  6. DessertForTwo

    I tend to trust Ellie the msot on FN too. I have both of her books and have never been disappointed by any recipe. I feel like I’ve cooked more recipes out of her books than a lot of other cookbooks I own. Did you know she used to be a Ford model?
    Out of The Food You Crave, I recommend her sloppy joes, grilled zucchini stuffed with goat cheese, turkey meatballs, and lime peanut noodle salad. I could go on and on actually.

    6:45 am  Jun 10th, 2010
  7. Nick (Macheesmo)

    The walnuts look killer but the salad looks out of this world good. I love strawberries in salad. They work so well with so many things!

    I don’t actually have an Ellie cookbook… I think maybe I need one…

    7:09 am  Jun 10th, 2010
  8. Emily

    OMG! I’m so doing this! I love walnuts and if there is a way to make glaze them without buying the harsh chemically laden ones in the store, I’m game! Love this post! Thanks! Looks so good. Can’t wait to go out and buy some to make these.

    7:35 am  Jun 10th, 2010
  9. Abby

    Yum!! I’ve made the sweet and spicy nuts from Smitten Kitchen before, but these seem like they would be just perfect on that salad – must try!!

    7:43 am  Jun 10th, 2010
  10. The Teacher Cooks

    I love walnuts in my salad and now with your easy recipe for the glazed ones how could I go wrong? Your salad dressing should be a hit, too.

    8:28 am  Jun 10th, 2010
  11. bellini valli

    This salad has it all from glazed nuts to strawberries.

    8:57 am  Jun 10th, 2010
  12. Jonell Galloway

    This sounds both delicious and healthy! I’m going to post it on my Facebook page!

    8:57 am  Jun 10th, 2010
  13. Joellen

    I just got one of Ellie Kruger’s books – this receipe sounds and looks delicious.
    Thanks

    9:12 am  Jun 10th, 2010
  14. Erin

    Nicole, your salad is a think of beauty! It should be hung on someone’s wall not eaten for lunch. xoxo

    10:11 am  Jun 10th, 2010
  15. Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

    Those sound amazing! Love the use of them in the salad. YUM

    Jenn

    10:55 am  Jun 10th, 2010
  16. Georgia Pellegrini

    I loved candied nuts, I really do. I made some strawberry vinegar the other day that I bet would go well with this salad also. I’ll have to give it a whirl.

    2:08 pm  Jun 10th, 2010
  17. julia bellante

    This salad looks wonderful. Love the blogs and your great tasting, creative ideas. Thanks!

    3:43 pm  Jun 10th, 2010
  18. Kathy - Panini Happy

    I love absolutely everything about this salad. Just wow.

    5:40 pm  Jun 10th, 2010
  19. Jason Sandeman

    Two of my favorite ingredients: Rosemary and Maple syrup. I will look to this for an amenity for our hotel. Thank you on that!

    7:35 am  Jun 11th, 2010
  20. Sarah

    Wow. Those sound really good. Such a great array of flavors!

    1:16 pm  Jun 11th, 2010
  21. Angela@spinachtiger

    As soon as I saw this on food journal, I had to visit.

    It’s funny rosemary, maple and walnuts scream fall to me, but I can see incorporating these into my summer salads with berries.

    12:24 pm  Jun 16th, 2010
  22. Michelle's Kitchen

    Thanks for posting this! I love Ellie Krieger! I own her book with this recipe and have been wanted to try it for a while, I think I just might make these soon! The salad looks great too!

    7:43 pm  Jun 16th, 2010
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  24. Carla Spacher

    Oh my! My mouth is watering! I love my cranberry walnut salad recipe, and my strawberry chicken salad recipe, but with fresh strawberries being in season and very sweet right now this sounds delightful! You’re brilliant! I just purchased 2 lbs. of strawberries and needed a bright idea. I can’t wait to make it! Thanks for posting this one!

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  25. Sirius73

    Those sound delicious. They will make an excellent party snack and a great change from the ordinary salted peanuts.

    2:12 pm  Jun 28th, 2010
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