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Parmesan, Walnut & Arugula Baskets

Want to impress your guests? Serve up salad in crispy Parmesan baskets and just watch the reaction! —Anna Maria Wharton, Staten Island, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
  • SALAD:
  • 4 cups fresh arugula or spring mix salad greens
  • 1/2 cup green grapes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons cheese and 1 teaspoon walnuts over the bottom of the skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until edges are golden brown and cheese is bubbly. Remove from the heat and let stand for 30 seconds.
  • Using a spatula, carefully remove cheese mixture and immediately drape over an inverted glass with a 2-in.-diameter bottom; cool completely. Repeat with remaining cheese and walnuts, forming five more baskets.
  • For salad, in a large bowl, combine the arugula, grapes and walnuts. Whisk the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pour over arugula mixture; toss to coat. Place 1/2 cup salad in each basket.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 147 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 357mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • ebramkamp
    Jun 1, 2014

    These are tasty and beautiful. I followed the recipe exactly only I draped the parmesan over my jumbo muffin tins I had turned upside down. It worked perfectly. The second time I made them I didn't use the walnuts-per my husband's request and he preferred them this way. Either way it is a delicious salad in a pretty and tasty bowl.

  • Millie B
    Feb 10, 2011

    They were awesome. I used pecans instead of walnuts and added raspberries. Great presentation!

  • lynngilmo
    Sep 11, 2009

    For each basket, increase to 5 tablespoons shredded parmesan and 2 teaspoons finely chopped walnuts .... works perfectly for small salad.

  • HBcook
    Aug 22, 2009

    I have to say the flavor of the parmesan "basket" was fabo! but, the preparation of it was a failure. I made 2 'baskets' following the directions. One was flat and the other so small you couldn't put a salad in it. Three tablespoons of cheese didn't make a big enough circle to form a large enough basket for the salad AND the cheese didn't spread out very well when melting. The salad - simple but great!

  • dalevc
    May 10, 2009

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