What is a pear and spinach salad recipe for people with diabetes?

Dotted with tangy feta cheese, this unique salad recipe combines pears and spinach. Pears have plenty of fiber -- and spinach is an excellent choice for people with diabetes, since it’s full of vitamins and nutrients but low in carbs.

Pear and Spinach Salad


6 cup fresh baby spinach
1 cup fresh pears, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/3 cup balsamic vinaigrette


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. On baking sheet, spread pecans in single layer. Place in oven 1-2 minutes, watching carefully
2. Divide the spinach between 4 salad plates.
3. Divide pear slices between salad plates.
4. Sprinkle 1-1/2 tablespoons of feta cheese and one tablespoon of pecans on top of each salad.
5. Drizzle with dressing and serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings

Calories 246.7
Total Carbs 14.7 g
Dietary Fiber 4.2 g
Sugars 6.8 g
Total Fat 20 g
Saturated Fat 4.4 g
Unsaturated Fat 15.6 g
Potassium 114.3 mg
Protein 5 g
Sodium 464.6 mg

Continue Learning about Diabetes


Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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