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candied pecans & my get skinny salad | styleberryPARTY Pt. 2

Right after I had caroline, my parents came to visit & were given the task of putting food on the table. I had a fairly difficult delivery & the first month is still kind of a blur. One thing that saved me time & helped me lose the baby weight was one of my mom’s entertaining staples: a salad. She said she always served it at her big parties, but while she was here, she threw the ingredients together & left them, costco-sized, all behind in the fridge. So….when she left, I ate it for lunch. again. & again. for several months straight. I was sleep deprived & nursing around the clock & the last thing I had time to do was think about how I was going to satisfy those breastfeeding-induced hunger pangs. Well this solved the problem! I lost the baby weight pretty quickly & part of my ability to do so was thanks to eating healthy. I have always called it my “get skinny” salad, because that’s just what happened as I ate it for lunch every day!


  • organic baby greens
  • feta
  • dried cranberries
  • candied pecans
  • Newman’s Own Raspberry & Walnut Dressing

Mix all ingredients to taste, & serve!

Well, after looking at how much I was spending on candied pecans at the store (holy expensive!), I decided that it was time to try & make them myself. I have experimented with so many failed batches, but finally found a recipe that works beautifully. I often make a batch of nuts & give them as gifts, wrapped up cute in a mason jar w/cellophane & tied with baker’s twine & a note. I just did this for Nowlin recently, but didn’t think to take a picture! & this picture of the salad was taken so quickly, that you can hardly see any of the pecans. If you look closely near the middle, right, you can see one nestled in! I made these a few days before the shower–they will keep very well if you store them well.


Yield: 10-12 servings


  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 2-3 cups pecans (depending on how “candied” you want them)
  • dash of local honey


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with wax/parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with PAM.
  • Beat egg white until stiff. (I usually do this by hand & it is fairly tedious, but by far the most important step)
  • Add brown sugar, honey and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
  • Mix in pecans and stir until coated. Pour the nuts onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake until browned, approximately 20 to 25 minutes. (I stir at 10m, 15m, 20m & about every five until they are done just to be sure they do not stick to the cookie sheet)
  • Once they are out of the oven, stir again to break them up. Let cool on cookie sheet until hard. (They will be chewy until they are fully cooled, then they will be the right consistency)

Both of these recipes can fit into everyday cooking OR can be used for party planning. The salad is so much more delicious with fresh candied pecans than with anything you buy from the store…promise! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! :)

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  • Sue - Remember, you can always add grilled chicken or shrimp to it too!! Yum!!ReplyCancel

  • Shannel - ooo fun! I’ll have to bookmark this for my baby’s baptism party in July.ReplyCancel

  • Emily W. - This is genius! I have made that salad sans candied pecans many times, but I bet the candied pecans make it oh-so-yummy! This might become a staple this summer.ReplyCancel

  • laura - when do you add the honey? with the sugar and vanilla? sounds delicious :)ReplyCancel

  • Christi King - This is the exact salad they serve at Whole Foods and is my treat any time our family has lunch there! Delicious!!!ReplyCancel

  • Calla - I’m so going to try this! Probably add a little grilled, chicken. I’m the same way with bfing, I never seem to eat:-/ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - Shawna- Did you really find this recipe enough to sustain you through the day? I’m six months pregnant, and have been trying to be good, but am already at 29 lbs of weight gain. Doc says I have to tighten it up for the rest of the time if I want a manageable weight loss at the end. I’d like to try this salad with chicken for some lunches, but am afraid it won’t be enough. What do you think? What were some of things you did to resist the icecream and chocolate cravings?ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - I ate more nuts if I got hungry! :) & definitely added some rotisserie chicken pre-made at costco. I never craved sweets-really never craved anything. Fruit tasted extra good. I think it is just a matter of self control! :)ReplyCancel

  • Crystal Mc - Shawna – this salad is delicious! We had a little today for lunch along with your Stir Fried Turkey Lettuce Wraps. Both were wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - made this for a dinner party last night (with the fresh candied pecans) & it was a hit! it was the only dish that EVERYONE had seconds of…thanks, this is definitely a keeper!ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid - Just made this salad, minus the candied pecans ( because I didnt find it in the store and was too lazy to make them) but added pecans anyways! It was delish!! This will definitely be my go to lunch salad. Thanks for sharing. Maybe next time I will try to make the candied pecans too :)ReplyCancel

  • Caressa - Just made these this morning with my 3 yr old & they are so yummy!! We can barely wait for them to cool! thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Martina - Just made the candied pecans for a pear, gorganzola and spinach salad I am going to serve tonight. Pecans are delicious and so easy to make! I used a hand blender to beat the egg white and it was an “arm” saver:) I will definitely make these pecans again! Thanks Shawna!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - Could you use walnuts and do them the same way??? Trying to incorporate different nuts into my diet.ReplyCancel

  • Sara B - This has been my staple afternoon snack for my current pregnancy! (though I use toasted sliced almonds to cut down on the sugar) I’m thinking my baby might come out raspberry scented. ;-)ReplyCancel

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