Pear Cranberry Avocado Quinoa


This is a perfect dish for the Fall. It tastes very  much like guacamole (It really does, really!). I read a tip on pinterest about soaking quinoa for a few minutes prior to cooking it and rubbing it with your fingers to release the bitter taste into the water that you then rinse off. This tip was helpful as the quinoa was not bitter at all. Feel free to be creative with additions into your quinoa recipes. Quinoa is so versatile. It is healthy, easy, quick, and delicious. I will be making this again for my family soon.


1 cup quinoa (soaked in water for 3 minutes and rinsed well)

1 and 1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon cumin

kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, rinsed and chopped

2 green onions, rinsed and chopped

1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped

1 pear, diced

1/2 large avocado, diced

Soak quinoa for a few minutes (3-5) and rub quinoa seeds between your fingers to release bitter coating. Rinse well and place in a saucepan with water. Cook for 10-12 minutes. Drain excess water. Place quinoa in a large salad bowl and add remaining ingredients. Toss. Serve. Enjoy!







Creamy Avocado Lime Cilantro Dressing

I was looking for a different type of dressing for our salads other than our usual balsamic vinaigrette. Don’t get me wrong, we love our vinaigrette but sometimes it is nice to add some variety. I love the salad dressings from Tacodeli, (a gourmet taco restaurant) in Austin, Texas. They offer a lime dressing and a creamy dressing which are so good we usually ask for both of them. While I do not have the recipe for either of them, I combined elements of both to create this version. I hope you enjoy!

For the Dressing

1/2 cup Oikos nonfat Greek Yogurt

1/3 cup Sour Cream

1/2 avocado

juice of 2 limes

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

2 cloves of garlic, crushed


Splash of Tapatio Sauce

handful of fresh cilantro


Place ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. If mixture is not liquid enough, add extra lime juice or 1 tablespoon of water.


For the salad I used, chopped greens, diced fresh mangoes, chopped cucumbers, rinsed canned black beans, avocado slices, chopped carrots, and fresh cilantro. Enjoy!