Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

4.5 from 2 votes

Feast on Fall flavors.

We’ve arrived in the season of the butternut squash! Everyone loves its uniquely nutty, sweet, rich flavor. It’s perfect to use in soups, casseroles, bread, or roasted with spices. Today we’re sharing our Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad. The butternut squash is tossed in extra-virgin olive oil, then mixed with quinoa and cranberry.

It sounds simple, but this salad is chocked-full of vitamins and minerals. The superfood quinoa contributes heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, omega-3 fatty acid, manganese, Vitamin E, and many other nutrients. The butternut squash adds fiber, Vitamin C, manganese, magnesium, and potassium. This powerful combo makes for an incredibly nutrient-rich dish.

4.5 from 2 votes

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

This salad is rich in nutrients and bursting with delicious fall flavors.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1 cup
Course Dinner, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Universal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups butternut squash diced small
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups quinoa cooked
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup walnuts pieces
  • 1 tablespoon basil freshly chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Pour 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil into a medium saucepan. Sauté the squash over medium-low heat until cooked through and tender.
  • In a large bowl, mix the cooked squash, quinoa, cranberries, walnuts, basil, salt, pepper, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 11mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 11
Keywords Diabetic-Friendly, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian

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Rowena is a recipe developer and food & travel writer/photographer from Italy with Asian roots. Creating healthy dishes in her own kitchen is priority. She believes there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that her family is eating natural & nutritious meals.

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