Made this for a BBQ last weekend. So simple and fresh! I just love salads with fruit in them. Ingredients: spinach, strawberries, walnuts (or any kind of nut you’d like), maple syrup, feta cheese, poppy seed dressing & a pat of butter (not shown).
I love carmalized nuts. Maybe a little too much! When putting them in a salad I always make them first and then let them chill in the fridge before topping the salad. In a skillet warmed to medium heat, place a large pat of butter and let it melt. Throw the nuts in (un-chopped) and make sure there is enough melted butter to coat them. The butter helps the maple syrup from burning and sticking to the pan (and it tastes good too ;).
Once the butter is melted, then pour some syrup in, enough to coat. Real maple syrup tastes so good when it caramelizes down.
It should look a little bubbly like this:
Let it bubble for a couple minutes until all the nuts are well coated. Then turn the pan over onto a cutting board, spread the nuts out and chop them. I like them chopped small but you can do whatever you like best.
Next grab your strawberries and wash them with cold water. I like to quarter them.
This meal is great for family dinners too because our little kids just eat the strawberries separately. Mmmm.