Easy Oil-Free Healthy Squash & Quinoa Salad

Easy Oil-Free Healthy Squash & Quinoa Salad
Easy Oil-Free Healthy Squash & Quinoa Salad that can be done in under 20 minutes, or even less if you already have the quinoa cooked!
it’s gluten and oil-free, can be packed for work, can be served as a side dish, can be served on a buffet….just anything!

It’s simply a healthy summer dish, this quinoa salad is packed full of veggies, is dressed with a quick lemon-dill dressing, and topped with toasted pine nuts!
Although the nuts on top are optional, if you don’t have an allergy, I would definitely recommend adding toasted nuts – from walnuts to cashews -any nut you have/love.
The nutty flavor compliments this dish so well!

I knew going in I wanted the dressing to be lemony, but I also wanted it to have a bold flavor, so instead of just squeezing in lemon juice and mixing in my other ingredients, I actually added some lemon zest too. By adding the zest, we’re really able to amp up the flavor and add in that bright, happy feel that lemon seems to bring to meals.

Along with the lemon, it’s just some chopped dill, red pepper flakes for a little heat, and a touch more salt to completely bring this dish alive!

Easy Oil-Free Healthy Squash & Quinoa Salad

Here are some fun ideas for serving this salad:

  • Served warm alongside some sticky black sesame tofu
  • Chill in the fridge, toss in some chickpeas and take it with you for a picnic
  • Stir in your favorite protein to make it a full meal

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Easy Oil-Free Healthy Squash & Quinoa Salad

Easy Oil-Free Healthy Squash & Quinoa Salad

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Easy Oil-Free Healthy Squash & Quinoa Salad that can be done in under 20 minutes, or even less if you already have the quinoa cooked!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2
Calories 290 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 small butternut squash peeld and chopped about 2 cups/250g
  • 1 medium zucchini chopped about 2 cups/250g
  • 1 cup/190g cooked quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup/25g toasted pine nuts to sprinkle optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.
  • Place the peeled and cubed butternut squash together with the diced zucchini and bake in the oven for 25 min, or until cooked.
  • Add quinoa, butternut, and zucchini to a skillet and cook for another minute or so until everything is warm.
  • Whisk together the lemon juice, zest, dill, paprika, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl.
  • Either transfer this mixture to a bowl or leave in the skillet and add the dressing and pine nuts/pumpkin seeds. Toss to combine, taste, and adjust salt and pepper as needed.
  • Serve warm or cool in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Notes

This salad will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Keyword glutenfree, healthy, lunch, oilfree, sidedish, vegan
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