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Spinach Quinoa Salad with Roasted Grapes, Pears, & Almonds

Caleb has decided he doesn’t need to nap anymore. Ok, I will give him a little credit, he usually falls asleep for 20-30 minutes, but then he is wide awake and ready to play. I admire his energy, but it makes it difficult for mama to get things done. My work and personal time are very limited these days…and that includes my lunch time. I try to keep my lunches simple because I never know how much time I will have to cook or eat. This Spinach Quinoa Salad with Roasted Grapes, Pears, & Almonds is a new staple lunch for me. It is healthy, easy to make, and satisfying.

I fell in love with roasted grapes when I made this Roasted Grape, Blue Cheese, & Honey Crostini during the holidays. They are so good and I loved them in this salad. To make the salad, I roasted a pan of grapes and pears that I drizzled with honey. While the fruit was roasting, I cooked up some quinoa to add some hearty substance and protein to the salad. I also chopped up some almonds for a little protein, crunch, and heart healthy fat. I combined all of the ingredients in a pretty little bowl and whisked together a simple Lemon-Honey salad dressing to finish off my salad. It was the perfect lunch and I managed to make and eat most of it while Caleb was sleeping, he sat on my lap for the last few bites:)

I made enough salad so I would have leftovers and this salad was just as tasty the next day. Every day is an adventure with our little guy, but that is all part of the fun. He keeps me going and I love our time together. I do appreciate the days when I can sit down and enjoy a Spinach Quinoa Salad with Roasted Grapes, Pears, & Almonds. I need the nourishment to keep up with our sweet pea. He is a little Energizer bunny:)

Spinach Quinoa Salad with Roasted Grapes, Pears, & Almonds

Yield: Serves 4

Spinach salad with quinoa, roasted grapes, pears, almonds, and a simple Lemon-Honey dressing. This salad is great for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

2 cups red seedless grapes
2 large Bartlett pears, chopped
1 tablespoon honey
2 cups water
Pinch of sea salt
1 cup quinoa,rinsed and drained
8 cups fresh spinach
1/2 cup chopped almonds

For the Lemon-Honey Dressing:
2 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine grapes and pears in a small bowl. Drizzle with honey and stir until fruit is well coated. Place fruit on a large greased baking sheet. Roast fruit for 15-20 minutes, or until grapes are slightly shriveled and pears are soft.

2. While the fruit is roasting, cook the quinoa. In a large pot, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Season water with a pinch of sea salt. Stir in quinoa and cook until water is evaporated and quinoa is tender, about 20 minutes. Pour quinoa into a medium bowl and fluff with a fork. Let cool to room temperature.

3. To make the Lemon-Honey Dressing: combine olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper in a small jar with a tight-fitting lid, close, and shake until well combined.

4. In a salad bowl, combine spinach, roasted grapes, pears, quinoa, and chopped almonds. Drizzle salad dressing over salad and toss until coated.

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77 Responses to “Spinach Quinoa Salad with Roasted Grapes, Pears, & Almonds”

  1. 41
    Angelyn — February 22, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

    Mmm… this looks so good!!

  2. 42
    Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry — February 22, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

    I’m in love with this salad! It looks gorgeous and must taste amazing. I will be making it this week for sure!

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    robin flores — February 22, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

    This looks delicious! And try Becoming baby wise, if you would like to have a nice little napper.
    :) It is a great book for guidelines on how to train kids to sleep well from the get-go.

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    Margarita — February 22, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

    My boyfriend never looks at the pantry before grocery shopping. So we ended up with more quinoa than we need… Which I’m not so upset about now after reading this. Delish!

  5. 45
    Lynn — February 22, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

    I’m so impressed that you have time to not only make such a delicious salad, but to also take pictures of it! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  6. 46
    Kristina Vanni — February 23, 2012 @ 12:26 am

    Quinoa is such a great way to add protein! The colors in this dish look delicious!

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    Krissy's Creations — February 23, 2012 @ 2:36 am

    You have me falling in love with Roasted Grapes too after all these delicious recipes! So great your making yourself a quick and healthy lunch, even with how busy you are :)

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    Shawna @ CheekyChicFamily — February 23, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    I love warm whole grains on a spinach salad. I found a 90 second bag of organic cooked brown rice and quinoa that works great for me, someone who’s trying to make a healthy lunch with a baby on my hip. I’ll have to try the roasted grapes some time. We always have those in the fridge for after school snacks.

  9. 49
    Pam — February 23, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    I’ve been wanting to try roasted grapes for awhile now. This quinoa salad looks healthy, flavorful, and so delicious.

  10. 50
    Becky @ Project Domestication — February 23, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    This looks like the perfect winter salad that is bright and fresh. Those grapes look amazing!

    And I love that bowl!

  11. 51
    Marina@cowboycountryvegetarian — February 23, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

    I miss spinach, haven’t had it in a while. And with grapes it sounds like perfect dinner for me today.

  12. 52
    nicole {sweet peony} — February 23, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    This is a beautiful salad! I remember seeing your crostinis and telling myself to try roasted grapes. Well, this is a perfectly timed reminder for me to try them! I would love them in a salad. Love it!

  13. 53
    Joanne — February 23, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    You definitely need good nutritious food to keep up with your cutie! This salad sounds wonderful. I really need to jump on the roasted grape bandwagon.

  14. 54
    Jeanette — February 23, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    Love the idea of roasted grapes and pears in this quinoa salad!

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  16. 55
    Cara — February 24, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    I’ve done cooked grapes on a pizza, and with salmon and chicken. Oh, and skewered with grilled chicken! But never just on a salad. Awesome idea!

  17. 56
    Alicia — February 24, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    I’ve never considered roasting grapes but this sounds so good. Although I think the crostini sound even better! Thanks so much for the idea!

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    Sweetsugarbelle — February 26, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    Excited to try this! It sounds delicious!!!!

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    Janine — February 26, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    Love the salad, but I could use some help from anyone willing to answer. I’ve made quinoa several time, each time it comes out very sticky, not fluffy as others describe. I’ve tried two different variety, still no luck. Any suggestion on what I’m doing wrong?

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  21. 59
    mamagil — March 11, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

    The grapes and pears roasted with honey made this salad way too sweet, even with the citris dressing.
    Love the Quinoa and spinach but the grapes and pears roasted just didn’t do it for me.

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    Sarah — March 20, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    Just got around to making this, and it’s delicious! I made quite a bit extra of the pears & grapes; I’m sure I can find a delicious way to use those. I also found that I needed a little bit more dressing than this made, although that may just be my tastes. Thanks for this unique idea for a healthy lunch… love your site!

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    Justeen @ Blissful Baking — March 23, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

    This is new favorite way to eat quinoa! It is so delicious. The roasted grapes and pears tasted like candy! I didn’t have any spinach so I added roasted broccoli for some green, but next time I’ll definitely use spinach. Love this recipe!

  24. 62
    Laura — April 15, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    This is really delicious! I made it with white grapes, and it’s great that way too.

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  26. 63
    Carolyn — October 5, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    Made this last night and served with a piece of grilled Salmon- wonderful!

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    gina @ skinnytaste — April 18, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    Looks awesome, adding this to my post today!

  32. 65
    Vicki Leith — April 28, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

    Made this tonight! So yummy! Even my husband liked it a lot!!

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    Amelia — July 26, 2013 @ 12:07 am

    I made this for my parents as a side to a 5 hour roast spiced lamb shoulder over the weekend. My dad is a hearty meal man, but this salad and lamb combo went down a treat and earned unusual levels of praise! I had the salad for lunch the next day with the leftover lamb tossed through – super delicious! Thanks so much for such an amazing recipe!!!

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