Citrus Pear & Arugula Salad (Gluten-Free)

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Easily made in just five minutes, this fresh Citrus Pear & Arugula Salad made with peppery arugula, mellow pears, and red peppers is the perfect easy side salad to accompany any meal.

Citrus Arugula & Pear Salad by Emily Kyle Nutrition

Making Lunch Easy & Nutritious

One of the biggest misconceptions I encounter when working with my nutrition counseling clients is that they believe healthy eating needs to be difficult, complicated or time-consuming.

Taking the time to care for ourselves can quickly fall to the wayside when everything else life has planned gets in the way.

That is why I advocate for an 80/20 approach to your diet, allowing you to save time in the kitchen while helping you create a nutritious, balanced plate. This means more time for the things that matter most to you: family, exercise, or downtime to do something that you love.

This 80/20% approach is as simple as 1,2,3!

  1. Pick a frozen or chilled entrée that appeals to your taste and schedule – whether dining solo or feeding your entire family.
  2. Pair with a nutritious side dish full of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins! Remember: all forms fit, so lean on canned, frozen, dried fruits & veggies in the dreary winter month.
  3. Plate together & enjoy it!
Citrus Arugula & Pear Salad by Emily Kyle Nutrition
Citrus Arugula & Pear Salad by Emily Kyle Nutrition

Citrus Arugula & Pear Salad

Yield: 1 salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Easily made in just five minutes, this fresh salad made with peppery arugula, mellow pears and red peppers is the perfect side dish to accompany any meal. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pear, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup arugula or sorrel blend
  • 1 teaspoon aged Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon citrus vinaigrette

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice your pear and red pepper. 
  2. Gently toss sliced pears and red pepper with the arugula and Parmesan cheese.
  3. If preparing ahead of time, put this mixture in a sealable plastic container.
  4. Garnish with walnuts and additional Parmesan cheese as desired.
  5. Gently toss with the citrus vinaigrette right before consumption.
  6. Enjoy!

Notes

*The grocery store I shop at has an Arugula + Sorrel blend. Sorrel is a lemony flavored green, and if you get the chance to try some, it makes a great addition to this salad.

*Canned or fresh pears will work in this recipe. Canned pears are a great option if you can't find good fresh pears. Canned pears are available all year round and are easy to keep on hand in your pantry!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 salad
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 190mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 4gSugar: 13gProtein: 3g

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