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Red Quinoa and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Author - Serena Wolf
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 4 servings


  • 2 ½ cups butternut squash cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup uncooked red quinoa
  • 1 small shallot minced
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon good quality maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • Salt
  • 1/3 cup walnuts chopped and toasted
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate arils
  • 2 tablespoons Italian parsley chopped
  • 3 ounces feta cheese crumbled


  • Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place the cubed butternut squash on a baking sheet or in a baking pan. Drizzle with two teaspoons olive oil and sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Toss to coat. Roast your butternut squash for 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes, until it is very tender.
  • While your squash is roasting, cook red quinoa according to package directions. When cooked, transfer it to a large bowl to cool slightly.
  • In a small bowl, combine the minced shallots, remaining two teaspoons olive oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Season with salt to taste and set your delicious dressing aside until ready to use.
  • Now it’s time to toast your walnuts. Heat a small pan over medium heat. (Do not put any oil in the pan!) When hot, add the walnuts and toast for about 2 minutes, shaking the pan regularly, until the nuts are lightly browned and fragrant (they will literally smell like toast.). Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add your roasted butternut squash, toasted walnuts, pmegranate arils, parsley and crumbled feta cheese to the bowl with your cooked red quinoa. Pour the dressing over your salad and gently toss to coat. Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled.