A light and refreshing dish, this Pecan Crunch Grape Salad is ideal for your next spring lunch. The crunch from the pecans is a welcome departure from your usual salad flavours.
Pecan Crunch Grape Salad
For the pecans
100 g / 1/2 cup granulated sugar
108 g / 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
3 g / 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 g / 1 tsp. sea salt
340 g / 4 cups pecan halves, unsalted
1 egg white, whisked
For the salad
900 g / 4 cups red seedless grapes, rinsed, patted dry, and halved
200 g / 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
177 ml / 3/4 cups full fat sour cream
salt, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 150°C / 300°F.
2. Add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and margarine to a large bowl. Toss until evenly combined. Set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, add pecans and egg white, and gently toss until combined and the pecans are evenly coated. Add in the sugar mixture, and toss until combined.
4. Spread the mixture out in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. If your baking sheet is not that large, you may need to split the batch onto two baking sheets. Bake for about 40 minutes, removing the nuts and giving them a stir every 20 minutes, until the pecans are fragrant and the sugar coating is cooked. (The sugar will harden more once the pecans are out of the oven.
5. Remove from the oven, and let the baking sheet cool on a cooling rack until the nuts reach room temperature. Transfer them to a sealed container and store until ready to use.
6. In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients and toss with the nuts. Serve immediately.
• These pecans can go great with everything from green salads and entrées, to dessert.
• If you have leftover pecans, reserve them in an airtight container for up to 10 days./div>