Healthy Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Pine Nuts, Caramelized Onions and Feta cheese, with French Vinaigrette salad dressing (I used Brianna’s French Vinaigrette salad dressing – it’s excellent! and it’s gluten free!). This delicious salad is perfect for the Fall, and it’s a great way to use butternut squash a little bit differently than usual. All ingredients match one another really well, and the salad dressing is so good! I’ve been eating this for lunch for days now, and this salad keeps you full and satisfied for a long time. It’s healthy, vegetarian, gluten free, full of anti-oxidants (squash) and protein (quinoa).
First, you will need to peel the squash, slice it into 3/4 inch cubes and roast it in the oven until soft.
Cook the quinoa, as you will need 1 and 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa:
You will also need to have caramelized onions. Caramelize the onion according to these instructions:
Start assembling the salad. Combine quinoa and roasted butternut squash:
Add caramelized onions:
Right before you’re ready to serve, add the salad dressing, and top with Feta cheese and toasted pine nuts:
By the way, for dressing I highly recommend Brianna’s French Vinaigrette salad dressing. That’s what I’ve used with this salad, and it’s perfect! The dressing costs only $2.98 at Walmart. It’s all natural ingredients, it’s gluten free, no MSG. And, most importantly, it tastes so good! Or, use a similar dressing.