Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Author: Katya @ https://www.littlebroken.com Serves: 4

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 25 mins

3 cups butternut squash, chopped
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup uncooked quinoa (I used rainbow quinoa but any type will do) 11⁄2 cups water
1⁄3 cup dried cranberries
1⁄3 cup red onion, finely chopped
3 Tbsp. toasted pumpkin seeds
salt and black pepper

Balsamic Vinaigrette
1⁄2 cup olive oil
1⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced salt and black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the butternut squash with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Arrangecoated squash on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until squash is tender andlightly browned.
  3. While the squash is roasting, rinse quinoa under cold water until water runs clear. Place quinoa and waterin a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook partially covered until liquid isabsorbed, about 20 minutes.
  4. To assemble the salad, combine the cooked quinoa, roasted squash, cranberries, red onion, toastedpumpkin seeds in a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette and mix until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Chill in the refrigerator for couple hours and serve.

Instructions For Balsamic Vinaigrette

Whisk all the ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

*at first it will look like there is too much dressing for the amount of quinoa, however, warm quinoa will soak up a lot of the dressing when the salad chills
**update (12/15/15) cilantro in the pictures is used as a garnish for photography ,there is no cilantro in the actual recipe

Recipe by Little Broken at https://www.littlebroken.com/2014/10/19/butternut-squash-and-cranberry-quinoa-salad/