Quinoa and Berry Salad with Fresh Pear Dressing

By Erika on June 4th, 2014 / / No Comments

National Jerky Day is June 12th and it got me thinking. How could I make a meal out of jerky and not have it feel like I was eating a football? I know what you’re thinking… JERKY??? Most people think all jerky is going to be as tough to chew as a football and wouldn’t EVEN consider putting that into a recipe! But NOT so!!! I have seen people in airports and on the streets devouring this stuff in a bag so I got my hands on some Krave Jerky. It’s so moist and tender- really flavorful!!  I realized that this could be a quick answer to protein in salads, sandwiches and even cocktails!

The second I tried the Lemon Garlic Turkey Jerky I thought this would be delicious on my favorite Quinoa and Berry Salad with a Fresh Pear Dressing. Give this a whirl and let me know what you think.

Quinoa and Berry Salad with Fresh  Pear Dressing

 

Quinoa and Berry Salad with Fresh Pear Dressing

 

Quinoa and Berry Salad with Fresh Pear Dressing

Quinoa and Berry Salad with Fresh Pear Dressing

 

 

 

Yield: 2 Servings

Quinoa and Berry Salad with Fresh Pear Dressing

Ingredients

For dressing:

  • 1 pear, cored and peeled
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (or white wine)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • dash sea salt

For salad:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, made according to package
  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, hulled and cut into quarters
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup roasted pecans
  • 1/2 cup Queso Fresco cheese (we used Ranchero), crumbled
  • 1/2 package Krave Lemon Garlic Turkey Jerky, chopped into 1" pieces (could also use 1 grilled Chicken Breast)

Instructions

  1. Make dressing. Place all ingredients except oil and salt in a food processor or blender. Blend on high until well mixed. Drizzle oil in while still blending until all oil is incorporated. Salt to taste. Refrigerate. Makes about 1 cup.
  2. Make salad. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients for the salad, except jerky or chicken. Assemble evenly on two salad plates and top with jerky. Drizzle dressing on top and serve.

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