Spinach and Pear Salad: A Winter Hit!

This week in our Youth Grow Garden Club we’ve been doing tons of neat activities: Planting peas (a little early experiment), planting tomatoes and peppers under our grow lights, transplanting lettuces, building a worm bin, learning about seeds and seed dispersal, and making tea.

But the hit of the week (other than our fabulous worm bin) has been a simple pear and spinach salad for snack.   The recipe is as basic as you can get: Sliced pears on top of baby spinach greens, with a splash of lemon juice. It’s also a great recipe for teaching kids, because students can learn a little bit about seasonal fruits and veggies while eating a tasty snack! (i.e. Oregon/Washington grown pears, local spinach from a greenhouse, and the renegade lemon from California or Mexico).

See below for a jazzed up version of the recipe.

Spinach and Pear Salad

Serves 2-4


  • Spinach leaves
  • Pear
  • Optional: red or yellow onions, garlic, croutons, walnuts or other nuts, raisins,  other veggies, or parmesan cheese


  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • 1.5 tsp. vinegar
  • Optional: lemon juice, honey/sugar, garlic, salt, pepper

Rinse and drain spinach leaves and place in bowl.  Slice pear in long thin strips and place on top of spinach. In a small cup or bowl, mix oil and vinegar and any additional spices (see options above). Pour over spinach and pears and mix to coat the leaves. Add any additional toppings, (see options above) serve and enjoy!


1 Comment »

  1. Yummy, great combo! I just got my spinach starts to plant this weekend 🙂 I really appreciate the work you’re doing.

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