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quick quinoa & pear salad

  • Author: Denise
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 big bowls 1x


Quick quinoa & pear salad transforms 5 ingredients and 25 minutes into an easy, healthy, oil free, flavorful meal or small-effort side.



  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth (you can add a veggie bullion cube to the water as well)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 fresh pears diced
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar


  1. Rinse the quinoa and place it in a saucepan with the water. Bring the pot to a boil, turn the heat to simmer, cover the pot and cook for 15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed.
  2. Allow the quinoa to sit in the hot pan for an additional 5 minutes (or longer).
  3. In a medium bowl, toss the pears, chives and walnuts in the vinegar. Allow this mixture to sit until the quinoa is done.
  4. Fluff up the quinoa in the pan and then add it to the pear mixture.
  5. Mix well and serve hot or place the salad in the refrigerator and serve cold.


  • The vinegar will keep your pears from discoloring overnight so make extra salad and enjoy it for a quick lunch.
  • Cooked quinoa freezes well. Place it in the fridge to thaw a bit and reheat in a steamer or microwave. Fluff and serve.
  • If Balsamic vinegar is too strong or sweet for you, substitute a pear or raspberry vinegar for a lighter flavor.
  • Category: Salads & Bowls
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Plant-based

Keywords: quick quinoa & pear salad