Pear Quinoa Salad for The Lemon Bowl’s Baby

Pear Quinoa Salad |

My friend Liz, from The Lemon Bowl blog, is having a baby boy!

Today I’m sharing a Pear Quinoa Salad that I’ll be bringing to Liz’s baby shower!

Since we’re virtually celebrating Liz’s shower, Kristen, Sheila, and Rachel coordinated a group of bloggers to share together in this lovely event, with an outstanding baby shower menu! (Link to recipes at the bottom of this post.)

Liz and I first met on a brand trip in Carmel, CA, earlier this year, and she was just newly pregnant. She’s not only a breath of fresh air, but truly a giving, warm and vibrant person who loves to blog and share healthy recipes. If you haven’t checked out her site and her “weightless story” – it’s worth a click over.

Showers are fun, but buying the soft, cuddly gifts are even more fun for me. And a potluck shower is delicious, too. Everyone gets to participate which makes it easy on the hostess!


I love to think of this group of bloggers gathering together “in real life,” celebrating Liz and her new baby boy, and enjoying each other’s fabulous dishes.

I hope you enjoy my contribution: A quinoa salad with fresh pear. It’s pear season here in Oregon, and having so many local orchards and pears to choose from, this dish is perfect for the season. It’s very easy, light, and I like leaving the skins of the pears on. Just slice and serve!

Pear Quinoa Salad

So, Liz, this salad and THIS DAY is for you!

Enjoy, and we can’t wait for Baby Boy Croce to arrive and to join your wonderful family!

What’s your favorite salad to take to a baby shower?

Pear Quinoa Salad |

Pear Quinoa Salad

Yield: 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

I cook quinoa ahead of time using my rice cooker. One cup of quinoa to 1.5 cups of water! Easy!


  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar or honey
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 2 fresh pears, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup dried wild blueberries (optional)
  • 1/2 cup spicy pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/4 cup red onions, diced


  1. Mix the first 5 ingredients in a bowl; set aside.
  2. Add the other ingredients together in a larger bowl.
  3. Mix in the dressing. Garnish with parsley. Serve!


Enjoy more recipes from Liz’s blogging friends:




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46 Responses to “Pear Quinoa Salad for The Lemon Bowl’s Baby”

  1. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — October 14, 2013 @ 4:06 am

    What a fabulous fall salad! My boys love pears, I will have to make this soon!

  2. #
    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — October 14, 2013 @ 4:13 am

    I’m loving this salad Sandy! So fresh. :) It was a pleasure bringing goodies to Liz’s shower with you!

  3. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — October 14, 2013 @ 5:31 am

    What a beautiful salad, Sandy! Love the quinoa!!

  4. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — October 14, 2013 @ 5:34 am

    What a fresh, delicious salad, Sandy! Love the addition of pears!

  5. #
    Rachel Cooks — October 14, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    Loving all the great flavors you put in this quinoa — it’s perfect!

  6. #
    ashley - baker by nature — October 14, 2013 @ 6:55 am

    This is such a stunning salad! Perfect for a Fall baby shower :)

  7. #
    Megan {Country celaver} — October 14, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    Isn’t Liz just a gem? I mean how can you not just fall to pieces around her? This is a beautiful dish for a beautiful person!

  8. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — October 14, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    Oh Sandy this salad is stunning – I so wish we were enjoying it in person!!! So lucky to have met you this year, we must work to make our paths cross again soon!!! Thank you so much for participating in my shower!! xoxox

  9. #
    amanda — October 14, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

    Love this! Thanks for the idea!

  10. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — October 14, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    This quinoa salad is perfect for the fall season and for Liz’s shower. I love the flavor combination with the quinoa.

  11. #
    The Healthy Apple — October 14, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    Sandy- this recipe is awesome; love quinoa!!! Totally something I can eat and would love to eat, too!!

  12. #
    Alyssa (Everyday Maven) — October 14, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

    This is perfect for a party! It’s pear season here too (I am in Seattle!) and the pears we have been getting have a such a sweet taste and firm texture – they would go beautifully in a salad like this!

  13. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — October 14, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    Simply beautiful, Sandy! I love all the fresh fall flavors, especially the pears:)

  14. #
    Amy Allen Clark — October 14, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious, Sandy!! I can’t wait to try this recipe this Fall. I am a huge fan of quinoa!! xo

  15. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — October 14, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

    I’m totally in love with this salad. Pear + quinoa = heaven!

  16. #
    Faith (An Edible Mosaic) — October 14, 2013 @ 11:03 pm

    This is the sort of thing I could eat for lunch every single day and love it every time. I love the flavors going on in there! So perfect for a baby shower too.

  17. #
    Amanda — October 15, 2013 @ 4:50 am

    Pear Quinoa Salad? How do you think of these things? I swear that food bloggers make me a better person… I would NEVER have imagined such a fabulous combination of flavors. :)

  18. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — October 15, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    It’s an awesome contribution! And so Liz-y. She would be so proud of all the healthy dishes people brought to her shower. :)

    And ugh. I would move to Oregon or Washington just for the produce. I love seeing all your pictures on IG! Seems like a great place for food. :)

  19. #
    jamie @ arugulaholic — October 16, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    This looks so delish! Very happy for Liz :)

  20. #
    Alyssa — October 17, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

    Great combo! I happen to have some ripe pears sitting on my counter right now; I think I know what I’m using them for now :)

  21. #
    Deborah — October 17, 2013 @ 11:03 pm

    This sounds so delightful!! I know I’d enjoy a bowl full!


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