Make this nourishing and festive Autumn Pear Salad with a Maple Mustard Vinaigrette for lunch or dinner to load up on greens and seasonal produce.

This salad is packed with fiber from all the veggies and is high in protein thanks to the quinoa. If you want to up the protein content, feel free to toss in a cup of chickpeas or some tofu. This recipe will keep you full, satisfied, and energized with all the highly nutritious ingredients.

Autumn Pear Salad with Maple Mustard Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 15 Min

Cook Time: 30Min

Total Time: 45 Min

Servings: 4 People


  • ½ Cup Quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 Tbsp Avocado Oil 
  • ½ Tsp Cayenne Pepper 
  • ½ Tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ Tsp Pepper 
  • 1 Large Sweet Potato, cubed
  • 3 Cups Arugula
  • 4 Cups Kale, de-stemmed
  • 1 Medium Pear, sliced or chopped
  • ¼ Cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • ¼ Cup Walnuts 
  • Dried Cranberries for garnish, optional

Maple Mustard Vinaigrette

  • 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 425F and line a baking tray with parchment paper. In a large bowl, add your cubed sweet potatoes along with your avocado oil, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and pepper. Toss your sweet potatoes until evenly coated. 
  2. Transfer your sweet potatoes to the baking tray and bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until fork-tender. 
  3. While sweet potatoes are roasting, cook your quinoa as instructed on the package. 
  4. Get your dressing ready by combining all ingredients into a small blender, blend until combined and smooth. 
  5. In a large bowl, add your kale and massage it until it softens. Add your arugula, pear, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, cooked quinoa, and a drizzle of your dressing. Toss your salad until evenly coated and mixed.
  6. Serve by adding more dressing if needed and garnish with some dried cranberries and enjoy! 


Calories 385 | Total Fat 21.3g | Saturated Fat 2.8g | Sodium 98mg | Total Carbohydrate 42.5g | Dietary Fiber 6.6g | Total Sugar 10g | Protein 10.8g | Calcium 145mg | Iron 6mg | Potassium 912mg |


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