simple apple, pear, quinoa salad + lemon poppyseed dressing
Recipe type: salad
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Serves: 3-5
freshen up lunchtime with this delicious and simple quinoa and spinach salad with apples, pears, pistachios, and topped with a homemade lemon poppyseed vinaigrette.
  • salad ingredients:
  • ½ c red or plain quinoa
  • 1 c water {or nut milk}
  • 5-10 oz spinach {or ½ to full 10 oz. bag of spinach}
  • 1 large apple {I used pink lady}
  • 1 large pear
  • 1 c shelled pistachios
  • ¼ c red onion, chopped
  • optional: ¼-1/2 c goat cheese crumbles
  • lemon poppyseed dressing ingredients:
  • ½ lemon, juice of {optional add a little lemon zest too}
  • ¼ c extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • sea salt and/or ground pepper to taste
  1. Start by rinsing the quinoa in cold water.
  2. Combine the quinoa and water {or option to use nut-milk to add a more nutty flavor} in a small pot over high heat on the stove. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and cover the pot.
  3. Cook until all of the liquid has absorbed and the quinoa has a nice fluff to it. About 20 minutes.
  4. While the quinoa is cooking, prep the other ingredients.
  5. Start with the dressing; whisk together the fresh lemon and optional zest, olive oil, dry mustard, poppyseeds and salt/pepper.
  6. Prep the salad ingredients. Slice the apple and pear into thin slices.
  7. Then toss all the salad ingredients together -- adding the cooked and cooled quinoa to the spinach, sliced apple and pear, chopped red onion and top it all with pistachios and optional goat cheese.
  8. Add the desired amount of dressing and enjoy!
*I like to bulk-prep a large batch of quinoa for the week so you can toss this salad together in 5 minutes or less.
**Turn this into a mason jar salad and add the dressing right before eating.
***If you need more protein add grilled chicken, soft or hard boiled eggs.
****The homemade dressing will last in the fridge for up to one week.
Recipe by Nourish, Move, Love at