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Toasting and Sugaring Almonds

The Holidays tend to come with a lot of family and friendly gatherings. There’s usually potluck dinners with salads, desserts, and homemade rolls. If you’ve been asked to bring the salad, this simple sugary trick for adding a little flare to your almonds in your salad will have them using the tongs for more!

Sugaring Almonds for Topping

Supplies for Sugared Nuts:

  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts – sliced almonds or chopped pecans are best
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • frying pan
  • tinfoil

Sugared Almond Supplies

Heat up your frying pan on medium heat. Pour in the nuts and sugar, and start to stir. You will be constantly stirring, so don’t plan to go anywhere for the next 5-7 minutes.

Sugared Almonds

The sugar will start to melt and bead up. Some will form clumps on the almonds, some will clump together to make tiny sugar balls. I think all are yummy as a topping in the salad, giving it some extra crunch.

Toasting and Sugaring Nuts

As you stir the sugar and almonds around, the almonds will also start to get brown and toasted, making for the perfect topping. Once they are at your desired toasted-ness, pour them onto a piece of tinfoil to cool. Then add to your favorite salad.

Sugaring Nuts

Here are ingredients for one of my favorite salads:

  • baby spinach
  • sliced strawberries
  • shredded swiss cheese
  • toasted sugared almonds
  • poppyseed dressing

What’s a yummy topping you like to add to your salads?


  1. Cindy – Ha! I do eat them by themselves too! Not as many make it into the salad as should!!

    S – I think it’s as good as dessert too!

  2. Those look really good. My favorite salad is spinach with strawberries too, because, as my brother, says it’s good enough to be dessert. I can’t wait to try sugaring the almonds to kick it up a notch.

  3. Oh that sounds great. Yum. I love salads with fruit and nuts added. We like toasted sunflower seeds anytime we are having Caesar salad. They add a slightly different texture without being overpowering.

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