Sweet Pear and Candied Pecan Salad

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Sweet Pear and Candied Pecan Salad

Servings: 4  Prep Time:15 mins  Cook Time:5 mins  FODMAP rating: medium

This is a sweet salad–If you are more of a sweet/salty lover then instead of candied pecans you can sub salted pistachios (or your favorite salted nut). Definitely don’t skip cooking the quinoa in vegetable broth so it’s not too sweet overall. The sweet version of this salad (with the candied pecans) makes for a great side dish to bring to a party if you are having a salty main meal. With the quinoa it is very filling on its own and makes for a great meal.


3 cups cooked quinoa in vegetable broth

4 cups spinach

2 cups arugula (can substitute with kale, watercress or chard)

2 pears, sliced

1-2 tbsp chopped red onion

4 tbsp. chopped pecans (can substitute salted pistachios (or any salted nut))

2 tsp raw honey or maple syrup (can skip if using salted nuts)

4 small radishes sliced


Sweet and Tangy Cinnamon Dressing:

12-15 green olives (pitted)

1-2 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

dash of cinnamon

dash of sea salt

dash of garlic powder

dash of pepper



  1.     Cook quinoa in veggie broth according to the directions of the bag. 
  2.     Blend all the dressing ingredients together. (if needed you can add a little bit of water to help blend everything together)
  3.     Chop nuts and red onions, then slice radishes and pears. 
  4.     Add pecans and 2 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup to a frying pan over low heat. Stir and cook for about 3 minutes or until coated and fragrant. Remove from heat. (skip this step if using salted nuts)
  5.     Layer spinach, arugula, cooked quinoa, onions, radishes, sliced pears then nuts and dressing. 

FODMAP swap: eliminate onion and sub mandarin oranges for pears


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