If there is one thing you can add to your salad to make it special, it’s Candied Almonds. Toss in some sliced strawberries, diced pears and a sweet dressing and you’ll have an incredible salad! (I usually like to make my Orange Honey French Dressing. Click HERE for my recipe.) There are a lot of recipes out there for salads with fruit and nuts . These almonds can be used in any salad. Any kind of nuts are nice, but these Candied Almonds give your salad a special touch. Go ahead and make up your own signature salad!
They are not that difficult to make, but they do need to be watched closely so they don’t burn. I highly recommend that before you begin making these, that you get everything ready! Place some waxed paper (or Parchment Baking Sheet) onto a baking sheet and have it close by the stove. (Because once the almonds start to turn golden, they will burn quickly if you don’t remove them from the heat immediately.)
By the way, these can be made using slivered almonds (as shown in the photo above) or sliced almonds.
You will need:
1 cup slivered (or sliced) almonds
1/4 cup white, granulated sugar
Put the nuts and the granulated sugar into a heavy skillet and turn the heat onto medium-low. Use a wooden spoon or other heat safe utensil to stir the nuts and the dry sugar constantly in the skillet. (Do not add any water or anything else!) Eventually, the sugar will melt completely into a liquid and turn a golden color. It may take several minutes, but be patient. When they have turned golden and the sugar is completely melted, work quickly to pour them onto the prepared wax paper (or Parchment Baking Sheet) Spread them out and allow them to cool. CAUTION! DO NOT touch them or try to taste them until they are cool! They will burn you!
When cool, break apart and toss into your beautiful salad!