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Holiday Quinoa Salad

This salad is the perfect dish to serve during the holidays or take to a gathering.  If you take a protein-based side dish with you to your events, you will never be hungry and will know you have safe food to share.

Holiday Quinoa Salad

3 cups cooked quinoa*
1 cup cubed butternut squash pieces**
1 large shallot, peeled and minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup sliced green onions
½ cup fresh parsley, minced
juice and zest from one orange
2 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Prepare quinoa according to package.  Allow to cool.

Add the squash and 1 tablespoon water to a microwave safe dish.  Cover and microwave squash pieces for 3 minutes on high power.

Add 1 teaspoon oil to a sauté pan and heat over medium heat.   Add the squash and onions and sauté for 3-5 minutes.

Put quinoa in a large serving bowl.  Add the squash and onion to the quinoa.  Add remaining ingredients.  Stir well. Serve warm, chilled or at room temperature.

* For delicious quinoa, cook the quinoa in chicken or vegetable broth instead of water. 

** You can purchase pre-cut squash in the produce section of many grocery stores or in the freezer section.

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3 Responses to “Holiday Quinoa Salad”

  1. Maggie says:

    Yummy! I love quinoa salads. This is a great combo of flavors and squash! I love that idea.

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