Warm Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad

Salads can be a wonderful addition to a meal or a meal in itself.  A salad can make a meal a little healthier, but not all salads are created equal. It’s which ingredients you choose to create a salad that will determine its nutritional value. Butternut squash is finally in the markets, I have made a delicious and healthy salad…

Warm Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad

Butternut squash, a type of winter squash, is a great source of carotenoids, a group of antioxidants that includes alpha and beta carotenes. Beta-carotene is the precursor of vitamin A, which is essential for eye health. Vitamin A helps prevent night blindness. 

Butternut squash also provides fiber, potassium, vitamin C, folate, magnesium, iron, and calcium.

Butternut Squash Nutrition

(1 cup)

  • Calories 63
  • Calcium 67 mg
  • Vitamin C 29 mg
  • Folate 38 µg
  • Magnesium 48 mg
  • Potassium 493 mg
  • Vitamin A 14882 IU

Warm Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup roasted butternut squash
  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 1 small lime, juiced
  • 2 oz walnuts, chopped
Instructions
  1. Bring 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups of vegetable broth to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. In the last 2-3 minutes of the quinoa cooking time, add the spinach on top of the quinoa and recover.
  3. Combine quinoa, spinach, and butternut squash in a large bowl.
  4. Juice the lime over the salad, toss to combine.
  5. Top with walnuts and serve warm.

 

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Warm Butternut Quinoa Salad

You will love this Warm Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad! I love the roasted butternut squash, it is lightly caramelized on the outside and creamy on the inside. The red quinoa, spinach, and walnuts add beautiful color, a delicious texture, and flavor to the salad.  Its bright colors and flavors will make your eyes and mouth happy. 

Comments

  1. Yes! Yes! I always have to laugh when people tell me they are watching their weight and order a salad. With loads of cheese, a cup of dressing, and a bag of croutons! I hate to tell them that sometimes they’d be better off eating what they really wanted in the first place! Lol!!
    Ya know what I really want?? Caramelized butternut squash in a quinoa salad! YUM!! Looks amazing! Thanks for a great new recipe!

    • Gretchen, you hit the nail on the head! If you’re going to eat a salad like that you might as well have the big ol cheeseburger. Haha.
      I love this salad! It is bright and full of delicious fresh flavors!

  2. Caramelised butternut squash sounds out of this world amazing! I have to try that next time I’m adding it to a salad! And quinoa too. I love it so much, yet I have never put it in my salad :O It looks super delish, filling and healthy, so you bet I’ll try it next time ;)

    • Consuelo, caramelized is they only way I get my husband to eat butternut squash. At first he thought it was sweet potatoes. lol Either way, it pairs so perfectly with the quinoa, spinach, and walnuts.

  3. i loooove butternut squash, it totally brightens up any salad. this looks beautiful, great post :)
    the hobbit kitchen x

    • Thanks Holly! I’m so glad butternut squash is in season! My wheels are turning with all the things I can make. I love Fall :D

  4. I love butternut squash!! Such a beautiful salad!

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