Pears are delicious any time of year, which makes this Pear Quinoa Salad recipe so delicious. It’s a favorite for Sunday brunch, or potluck or party salad.

Delicious Pear Quinoa Salad

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‘A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.’ Douglas Pagels

Getting to know people in a new way is always on our mind. Since moving to a new town 2 years ago, we’ve been forming new friendships. Don’t get me wrong, these friendships do not replace the many we’ve made over the years.

Pear Quinoa Salad

We’re just adding more into the fold. :) (Read on for this Delicious Pear Quinoa Salad recipe!)

Delicious Pear Quinoa Salad Recipe

What I love about getting to know new people is that we’re challenged to listen more. To lean in, and hear their stories, because this is how you get to know people.

We’re learning to be better listeners and more compassionate.

BEST Pear Quinoa Salad

Just in time for any season entertaining, or my favorite lunch, is this Pear Quinoa Salad. Or, maybe you’re a strawberry lover this time of year. Enjoy this Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil – yum!

Easy Pear Quinoa Salad

What is the secret for ripening pears?

Pears are usually picked unripened, so you either have to have patience and wait while they ripen, or do something quick!

Quicken the ripening of pears in one of the following ways:

  1. Remove from the refrigerator and leave the pears at room temperature.
  2. Place in a brown paper bag with a ripe banana or apple.

Delicious Pear Quinoa Salad

I have a whole list of quinoa salads on my blog, but this Pear Quinoa Salad is one of my favorites. It’s a hit at every party, and even delicious as a main dish (just add chicken).

Sweet Posy flowers

This past Sunday I deconstructed a bouquet of flowers from our local Sweet Posy Floral here in Bend, OR, cutting off the stems, placing them on this tiered pedestal.

So pretty. A true reminder of the the beauty of color (can you believe all the color we get to enjoy every single day? with the lakes only 20 minutes away?), and the fine details of nature.

Also, flowers always remind me of friendships. A big beautiful bouquet reminds me of the many friends in my life. Every person so unique and special, with their own story of who they are today. I think about the blessings of the rich friendships that go years back for me. Childhood, high school, roommates (before marriage), and during our child-rearing years. And now in our golden years!

How to cook quinoa in the instant pot

Also, Friends, do you want to learn how to make quinoa in the instant pot? Visit my friend Rachel, for this Instant Pot Quinoa if you’re a pressure cooker fan!

Happy almost-weekend!

Juicy Delicious Pear Quinoa Salad

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Pear Quinoa Salad

I cook quinoa ahead of time using my rice cooker. One cup of quinoa to 1.5 cups of water! Easy!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 8
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  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. agave nectar or honey
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 fresh pears, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup dried wild blueberries, optional
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shaved carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red pepper
  • 1/4 cup red onions, diced


  • Mix lime juice, honey, salt, olive oil, and vinegar in a bowl; set aside.
  • In large bowl, mix together quinoa, fruit, vegetables,nuts, dried blueberry, then pour over dressing.
  • Place in refrigerator to chill, then serve cold! (Optional to serve with chicken.)
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More quinoa recipes: Southwestern Quinoa Salad [Kalyn’s Kitchen], and Quinoa Breakfast Recipe [Wine and Glue].

Pear Quinoa Salad Recipe

Originally posted OCT 2013.