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…
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
- Calories 63
- Calcium 67 mg
- Vitamin C 29 mg
- Folate 38 µg
- Magnesium 48 mg
- Potassium 493 mg
- Vitamin A 14882 IU
- 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
- 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.
- In the last 2-3 minutes of the quinoa cooking time, add the spinach on top of the quinoa and recover.
- Combine quinoa, spinach, and butternut squash in a large bowl.
- Juice the lime over the salad, toss to combine.
- Top with walnuts and serve warm.
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.