Quinoa, Avocado & Pear Salad

This recipe works for: Appetizer | Lunch | Main Dish | Salad | Side

Serving Size: 6
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 can US Bartlett pear halves
  • 1 cup colorful cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 avocado, ripe but firm cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup very thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 cups baby greens, with arugula, kale or mixed
Dressing:
  • 2 tbsp pear juice from can
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Generous pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. Rinse and cook quinoa according to package directions. If there is any water left in pot after cooking, drain. Place quinoa in serving bowl to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, drain pears reserving 2 tbsp juice for dressing. Slice pears into thin wedges. Pat dry. Once quinoa has cooled add pears, tomatoes, avocado, onion and greens to bowl. Gently toss.
  3. Whisk pear juice with lime juice, cumin, cayenne, garlic, salt and oil. Toss with salad and cilantro. Taste and add salt or lime juice if needed.
Recipe Source: Courtesy of the California Cling Peach Board

Did You Know?

Canned fruits and tomatoes are packed within just a few hours of being harvested at the peak of ripeness.