Quinoa Salad with Pears, Baby Spinach, & ChickPeas

Quinoa Salad with Pears, Baby Spinach, & ChickPeas

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Quinoa Salad with Pears, Baby Spinach, & ChickPeas

Ingredients:

1 cup organic quinoa 
2 cups water
2 good handfuls of organic baby spinach leaves, washed, drained
1 large ripe pear, washed, stemmed and cored, cut into pieces
1/2 cup chilled chick peas, rinsed, drained
2 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley
sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
A handful of pecans, pan toasted and salted to taste
¼ cup Harvest Unflavored Ultra Premium Olive Oil
¼ cup Harvest Vermont Maple Balsamic Vinegar

Directions:

Rinse the quinoa thoroughly in a fine sieve. Place the quinoa in a saucepan or a rice cooker. Add 2 cups fresh water, and a pinch of sea salt. Cover and cook on a low simmer until all the water is evaporated and the quinoa is tender, roughly 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork and dump it into a large salad bowl.

Maple Vinaigrette Dressing:

Combine Harvest Ultra Premium Olive Oil and Harvest Vermont Maple Balsamic

Add the baby spinach, pear, chick peas, and chopped parsley to the quinoa and fluff. Whisk together the vinaigrette, pour it over the quinoa salad and toss gently to coat. Season to taste with sea salt and ground pepper.

Just before serving, add the toasted pecans and lightly combine.

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