This easy quinoa & butternut squash salad is a beautiful and delicious recipe that’s packed with nutrition. Eat for lunch or as a side dish or take along to your next party! #GetWellMichele
Today I have another quinoa recipe for you. If you haven’t tried quinoa yet, you should. It’s such a versatile grain and it super easy to make. Just 2 dry cups of this red quinoa was enough to double this recipe, freeze a serving and yet have enough for another meal. I found this easy quinoa & butternut squash salad on my friend Michelle’s website, A Dish of Daily Life.
Recently a blogging friend Christie reached out to me to help Michelle who is having a surgery and would be out of commission for a while. Michelle is a wonderfully generous person who was kind enough to help me along when I was starting off in the blogging world. To give a little back to her, myself and some other bloggers are making recipes from Michelle’s blog to help keep up her blog traffic while she recuperates. She has wonderful recipes so this was no hardship let me tell you. I personally love her Middle Eastern recipes but today I made this delicious and healthy quinoa salad because you all know I’ve been on a major quinoa kick and it looked so pretty. You can find the original recipe here.
To make this lovely bowl of goodness, you simply use cooked quinoa, roasted butternut squash, baby spinach, feta cheese and pine nuts. I have a thing for cheese and pine nuts … they make everything taste better. Toss all the ingredients in a bright, citrus vinaigrette and you are ready to go. The dressing recipe makes a lot so you probably won’t need it all or you can do like I did and double everything else. This salad will go fast in my house, I am sure!
Easy Quinoa & Butternut Squash Salad
Well I hope you enjoy another tasty quinoa recipe. For more of Michelle’s wonderful recipes, check out what my blogging friends have for you below.
- 1 cup Village Harvest Red Quinoa , prepared according to package directions
- 1 heaping cup spinach, cut into ribbons
- 1 heaping cup roasted butternut squash
- 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- ½ cup pine nuts, toasted
- Prepare red quinoa according to package directions.
- Peel and cube a small butternut squash, toss with a couple tablespoons of olive oil, and roast for about a half hour until fork tender, at 450 degrees. (I did have extra butternut squash cubes, which I saved to use in another dish)
- Cut spinach into ribbons.
- Toast pine nuts.
- Wait for quinoa and butternut squash to cool before assembling the salad.
- Mix together quinoa, butternut squash, spinach, feta and pine nuts.
- Toss with orange vinaigrette. Add slowly...you may have extra depending on how light or heavy you like your salad dressed.
- Orange Vinaigrette
- Whisk together the orange zest, honey, dijon mustard, salt.
- Add the orange juice and whisk together again.
- Continue to whisk, and add the olive oil slowly.
Some more great quinoa recipes!
Check out some more of Michelle’s delicious recipes from my blogging friends below.
- Easy Crab Dip Recipe made by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Seafood Bisque made by An Affair from the Heart
- Marinated Olives made by Take Two Tapas
- Refried Beans made by Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish
- Lemon Herb Chicken with Roasted Potatoes made by Hostess At Heart
- Red Quinoa & Butternut Squash salad made by My Life Cookbook
- Italian Panini made by Full Belly Sisters
- Rigatoni Salsiccia e Rapini made by LeMoine Family Kitchen
- Thai Chicken Noodle Soup made by Love Bakes Good Cakes
- Italian Bowtie Pasta made by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Pink Vodka Sauce made by Lady Behind The Curtain
- Crab Imperial made by Life Currents
- Homemade Taco Seasoning made by Bowl Me Over
- Southwestern Bean Dip made by Aunt Bee’s Recipes
- Homemade Enchilada Sauce made by The Foodie Affair
- White Bean and Mint Hummus made by Take Two Tapas
- Spicy Carrot Refrigerator Pickles, Mexican Style made by Lady Behind The Curtain
- Chicken Pesto Pasta with Artichokes made by Love Bakes Good Cakes
- Rueben Sliders made by Bowl Me Over