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Quinoa, Pear and Spinach Salad in a Jar

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Loaded with protein-packed quinoa, pear, and spinach, this makes the perfect work week lunch!



For the maple balsamic dressing:

  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1½ tbsp pure maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the salad:

  • 2 tbsp maple balsamic dressing
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 large ripe pear, diced
  • 2 tbsp pecans, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp dried cherries or cranberries
  • 2-3 cups baby spinach (or enough to fill the jar)
  • 1-quart size (32oz) mason jar


  1. Place all dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until combined. (I blended mine in my nutribullet.) You'll have leftover dressing.
  2. Place 2 tbsp of dressing at the bottom of a mason jar. Layer with quinoa and then top with walnuts, pear, onion, dried cranberries, and finishing with the spinach on top.
  3. Place lid on mason jar and refrigerate until ready to dump in a large bowl and eat!