Arugula, Pear and Quinoa Salad

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December 7, 2012 by Sarah

Last night Mark and I had plans to see a play at a local theater so we needed an easy dinner that I could quickly throw together after work.  This arugula pear salad did the trick and was also really delicious! 

Arugula, Pear and Quinoa Salad

3-4 servings

  • 3/4 cup dry quinoa (I used red quinoa from Trader Joe’s) – cook in 1 1/2 cups of liquid of choice (water or broth)
  • 1 bag of arugula, approximately 5 cups
  • 2 medium pears, diced
  • 1/4 cup of diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (gorgonzola would also be delicious!)
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T honey


  • Combine the quinoa and water or broth (I used water) and bring to a boil.  Simmer until the liquid has absorbed (approximately 10-15 minutes).
  • While the quinoa is cooking, toast the walnut pieces over medium heat and dice the pears and red onion.
  • Combine the arugula, diced pears, diced red onion, feta cheese, and toasted walnuts in a large bowl.

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  • Add the cooked quinoa to the bowl of arugula.

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  • Whisk together the dressing by combining balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and honey and add to the bowl of arugula.

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  • Toss to combine and serve immediately.

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When divided into 4 servings, there are 314 calories, 12 g fat and 10 g protein per serving. 


I love adding fruit to salads, but I know others who are totally against the combination – it’s not for everyone!  Do you ever add fruit to your salads?  What’s your favorite combination?


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