A Warm & Wholesome Salad

For many people, especially grown men, salads are more of an appetizer or light side. As a dinner entree, salads might seem unappealing and unsatisfying for your hungry table guests. Surprise them with a healthy and hearty salad that will satisfy hunger cravings as a lunch or dinner dish. This nutrient-rich, wholesome salad is gluten-free and full of flavor.

A Quinoa Salad with Caramelized Butternut Squash & Roasted Brussels Sprouts

1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
9 oz shaved brussels sprouts
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
Garlic salt and pepper
2 tablespoons of butter
2 cups of ½-inch cubed butternut squash
1 ½ tablespoons of brown sugar
⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup pepitas



  1. Bring chicken or vegetable broth to a boil in a saucepan. Then, add rinsed quinoa, cover and turn heat down to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and add brussels sprouts, oil, garlic salt and pepper and gently toss with fingers to evenly coat everything. Roast for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Melt butter in a large cast iron or heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add brown sugar and butternut squash and saute. Stir occasionally until tender, about 15 minutes.
  4. Combine quinoa, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, Parmesan cheese and pepitas in a large bowl. Toss and serve!

Tip: Extra Parmesan cheese can be added, if desired.

Recipe originally found at iowagirleats.com.




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