Delicious Pear Quinoa Salad

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

‘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

Pear Quinoa Salad

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


  • 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


  1. Mix lime juice, honey, salt, olive oil, and vinegar in a bowl; set aside.
  2. In large bowl, mix together quinoa, fruit, vegetables,nuts, dried blueberry, then pour over dressing.
  3. 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.

48 comments on “Delicious Pear Quinoa Salad”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  22. 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!

  23. 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

  24. Love this! Thanks for the idea!

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

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

  28. 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!

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

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

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

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  33. 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.

  34. 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. :)

  35. 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. :)

  36. This looks so delish! Very happy for Liz :)

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  38. 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 :)

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

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  48. This is absolutely beautiful! Your pictures are stunning… and this dish, wow! I love quinoa ..Can’t wait to try it!

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