Blue Cheese, Pear, and Spinach Salad in a Mason Jar

Blue Cheese, Pear, and Spinach Salad in a Mason Jar

If you love blue cheese like I do, you’ll love this simple mason jar salad with pears, toasted pecans, and pomegranate seeds. Blue cheese is so flavorful that a little bit goes a long way, so you can have a rich treat without derailing your nutrition. I chose a creamy buttermilk cheese for its mild, sweet flavor, but any blue cheese (or feta) will work. Fresh pomegranate seeds (also called arils) were not available at my grocery store, so I used frozen and they were just as delicious. Pomegranate seeds can also be substituted with dried cranberries.

Blue Cheese, Pear, and Spinach Salad in a Mason Jar

Pears are delicious in salads, but for use in a mason jar salad like this, that might stay in your fridge for a couple of days before you eat it, it’s essential to soak the pear slices in salt water to prevent browning. This step will keep them fresh until your ready to dig into this yummy salad.

Tip: To toast pecans, place a pan over medium heat and add pecans. Stir constantly to avoid burning until the nuts start to smell wonderful and turn golden brown. Remove from heat and let cool.

Blue Cheese, Pear, and Spinach Salad in a Mason Jar
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Blue Cheese, Pear, and Spinach Salad in a Mason Jar

This pear and blue cheese salad combines sweet and savory together.

Course Main Course, Salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 177 kcal
Author Beachbody

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt divided use
  • 2 medium pears cored, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sherry wine vinegar
  • 4 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
  • 3 Tbsp. toasted pecan pieces
  • 8 cups baby spinach
  • 2 Tbsp. crumbled blue cheese or feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Combine water and ¼ tsp. salt in a medium bowl; mix to dissolve salt.

  2. Submerge pear slices in water. Let sit for 5 minutes; drain water. Set aside.

  3. While pear is sitting, combine vinegar, oil, remaining ¼ tsp. salt, and pepper in a small bowl; whisk to blend. Evenly divide dressing between 4 one-quart Mason jars. Set aside.

  4. Evenly layer pears, pomegranate, pecans, spinach, and blue cheese on top of dressing in jars.

  5. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Shake before serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Blue Cheese, Pear, and Spinach Salad in a Mason Jar
Amount Per Serving (1 jarred salad)
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 394mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 12g
Protein 4g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

P90X/P90X2 Portions
1 Fat
½ Fruit
1 Vegetable

P90X3 Portions
1½ Carb
1½ Fat

Body Beast Portions
½ Fruit
3 Vegetables
2 Fats

Portion Fix Containers
2 Green
½ Purple
½ Blue
1 tsp.

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