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Spinach Quinoa and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Posted by Jessica Falchek
Jessica Falchek
Jessica Falchek is the Public Relations and Marketing Manager for Whitsons Culinary Group. Jessica manages th...
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on Monday, 10 July 2017 in Recipes

SpinchQuinoaSalad

 

Continue your summer of healthy eating with healthy recipes by Whitsons! Try our chef-approved recipe for Spinach Quinoa and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad. This fantastic salad will give you a great boost of flavor with all the added nutrients from its ingredients. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

 

Salad

2 cups chopped spinach

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

2 cups water

1 (1 ½ pound) butternut squash peeled and diced

1/3 cup sliced almonds

3 tbsp cup dried cranberries

3 tsp olive oil

Dash of salt

 

Lemon dressing

2 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic pressed

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

½ tsp salt

Dash of ground black pepper, to taste

 

Instructions

Preparing the Squash: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Place butternut squash on a sheet pan, drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil over squash and a dash of salt. Roast squash for 15- 20 minutes, turning once until tender. Add cranberries to pan for last 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

 

Cooking the quinoa: Rinse quinoa and combine with 2 cups of water. Add to a saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat until quinoa has absorbed all water. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.

 

Preparing the dressing: Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.

 

Toasting almonds: Add ¼ tsp of olive oil to skillet until simmering. Add almonds and dash of salt stirring frequently. Cook until golden, remove from heat and set aside.

 

Tossing the salad: In a large bowl combine chopped spinach, cooled quinoa, butternut squash. Toss together then add Lemon dressing mixture. Continue to toss until well combined then serve!

 

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Jessica Falchek is the Public Relations and Marketing Manager for Whitsons Culinary Group. Jessica manages the company’s public relations efforts, developing press releases and maintaining media relations as well as developing social media strategies and campaigns. She is an avid blogger, social media influencer, photographer, designer, videographer, and editor-in-chief of Whitsons’ e-newsletter overseeing the corporate website, school nutrition portals, and Whitson's Career Connections social pages. Jessica also oversees the development of campaigns and programs such as Chefology101 and Elmers Organic Garden. Jessica brings to her position years of experience in marketing brand management, public relations and product development within the food manufacturing industry. Connect with Jessica on Twitter @JessicaFalchek!

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