Being back home less than a week and still suffering jet lag after my recent vacation, a warm vegetable quinoa salad seemed the most appropriate way to deal with my post-vacation blues.
I roasted the vegetables first since the butternut would take the longest and then cooked the quinoa. The tomato only needs to be in the oven for about 10 minutes, enough to soften and warm, but it should still hold its shape.
Since the onions and tomato take less time than the butternut, I warmed them again in a pan on the stove right before assembling the salad. I also brewed a berry tea to complement this bowl of warm vegetable quinoa salad.
Warm Vegetable Quinoa Salad
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 cup butternut squash cubed
- 1 medium tomato
- 5-6 small shallots peeled and cut in half
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil
- 1 pinch coarse sea salt
- 4 cups mixed greens
- ½ medium avocado
- Line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper, then preheat the oven to 375°F. Place cubed butternut on a baking sheet and cover with 1 tablespoon of oil and a sprinkle salt. Bake for 45 minutes, or until squash is tender and slightly browned.
- Line a second sheet with parchment paper. Cut the tomato and shallots in half and place them on a baking sheet. Cover with oil and salt and bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove tomatoes and roast onions for additional 15 minutes.
- While the vegetables are cooking, prepare the quinoa. Rinse quinoa and place in a medium saucepan with 1 to 1/2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to simmer until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
- Place quinoa and mixed greens in a large bowl. Mix with a salad dressing and transfer to a serving dish. Layer roasted vegetables, and top with sliced avocado.