Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad With Lemon & Fresh Herbs + Pitaya Smoothies!

December 1, 2015

Thanksgiving

By: Jasmine Briones 

Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad With Lemon & Fresh Herbs + Pitaya Smoothies!I was invited to a Thanksgiving potluck this year, but I was so overwhelmed by all of the dishes I was going to make for our actual thanksgiving celebration that I really wanted to keep it simple for this dish. I made this dish on a Friday night for a Saturday potluck, but I woke up feeling off and ill, and decided not to go 🙁 I was really bummed as I wanted to share this dish with my friends, and I also had made a double batch of this, so I was worried of the waste! Luckily, the leftovers of this dish keep well for a few days, and are great cold straight out of the refrigerator believe it or not.

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Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad With Lemon & Fresh Herbs


  • Author: Jasmine Briones / Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 large butternut squash, diced small
  • 1/4 cup white onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 shallot, diced
  • 1/3 tsp fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 1/3 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • Juice of 1 small lemon (about 34 tbsp)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Place the butternut squash on a parchment lined baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes, or until soft.
  3. While squash is roasting, in a medium pot cook the onions, garlic and shallot with water or vegetable broth until soft and translucent.
  4. Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve until water runs clear. Drain, transfer to the pot with the remaining ingredients up to the vegetable broth
  5. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then cover and reduce heat to a simmer until water is absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat for 5 minutes *covered*, then uncover and fluff with a fork.
  7. Add in the spinach, squash, cranberries, lemon juice and salt & pepper to taste and stir until combined. Adjust seasonings to taste as needed.
  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad With Lemon & Fresh Herbs + Pitaya Smoothies!Chris and I dug into these leftovers for a late Sunday lunch and paired them with simple pitaya smoothies, I will include the recipe for you below to try out. What a beautiful and vibrant meal! We bumped up the nutrition with Amazing Grass Superfood Goji & Acai Berry Powder, and it all turned out great 🙂 I felt so much better after a restful weekend and simple nourishing foods.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, cheers xo

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Superfood Pitaya Smoothie


  • Author: Jasmine Briones / Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2

Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Blend together and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Beverage
  • Cuisine: Vegan

 

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  1. Jacky says:

    I’ve eaten absurd amounts of butternuts quash this fall. Love pitaya but it’s so expensive!

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