Monday, September 5, 2011

Red Quinoa with Dates, Pine Nuts and roasted Butternut Squash


Butternut squash is my favourite autumn vegetable (oh dear, I admitted we're moving away from summer).  The roasting process intensifies the flavour of this delicious harvest squash, making it absolutely irresistible - not to mention full of nutrients, including beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, fibre and folate.

I like serving health building quinoa alongside a meal as a substitute for the customary rice or potato.

Red Quinoa Salad with Dates, Pine Nuts and roasted Butternut Squash
  • 1 cup red quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 medium size butternut squash, roasted and cubed
  • 1/3 cup dried pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 green onion, chopped

For the Roasted Butternut Squash:

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Cut squash in half lengthwise.  Using a spoon, remove seeds and set the seeds aside for drying (you can use them another time in a different recipe - they're delicious - or, allow them to dry and use them in this recipe instead of the pine nuts).

Cut seedless squash into smaller pieces and place in a baking dish.  Drizzle generously with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper (I also like to add other spices from time to time, such as sweet chili powder - lovely). 


Place squash in oven for about 35 minutes or until it is just tender but not overdone.  Allow squash to cool before cutting into cubes and discarding the skin.

For the Quinoa:

Place rinsed quinoa and 2 cups of water in an uncovered pot on the stove. Heat until it comes to a boil, then cover the pot and reduce heat to lowest setting for 12-15 minutes (or until most of the water has evaporated). Allow quinoa to cool and transfer to serving bowl.  Add cubed squash, dates and pine nuts to quinoa, mixing gently to combine.   Sprinkle with green onion to finish.

Serves 4-6

54 comments:

  1. oh this looks so delicious! I really like squash and am always looking for new ways to use Quinoa!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Didn't know they have red Quiona;) Looks nice;)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'm looking forward to all the hard squashes that are coming into season - lovely quinoa dish!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Beautiful dish! Great additions with the pine nuts and green onion. I am so glad it's almost fall - winter squashes are staples in my kitchen!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is FABULOUS! I'm dying to try quinoa and have some on order...and I love the combination you have with the other ingredients! Buzzed!

    ReplyDelete
  6. my kind of eats here!!! just quinoa with some hearty veggies!! i love the idea of pairing it with butternut squash :D. i've been eating my quinoa salads with spinach, mushrooms, and strawberries!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I'm so excited that it's officially okay for me to eat winter squash at every meal! This quinoa salad looks like the perfect way to kick off the season!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Beautiful looking, colourful salad, and squash is really good - makes a great alternative to potato chips if you dry roast them (or roast with just a light spray of oil). I actually have a butternut squash and quinoa at home at the moment - maybe I'll knock this up tonight :D

    ReplyDelete
  9. Yummy! I too didn't know about red quinoa. Love the combo. Something I am most tempted to try!
    Lynn

    ReplyDelete
  10. So colorful and pretty with all these healthy ingredients! I'm excited for all the fall dishes even tho I don't really get to experience much fall weather in S. Florida!!

    ReplyDelete
  11. My favourite is butternut squash too! The salad looks satisfying and delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  12. you love qionoa very much, isn't it?

    ciao

    aria

    ReplyDelete
  13. Oh my - I haven't even had the opportunity to try regular quinoa and now you have introduced me to red quinoa! Your salad looks incredible!
    Have a happy evening.
    :-) Mandy

    ReplyDelete
  14. Mmm pine nuts and butternut squash...two of my favorite ingredients! Sounds delicious, Kelly. :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. I'm so excited that fall is almost here and I can bring winter squashes back into my life! This dish of yours has me craving butternut squash already. Looks so good!

    ReplyDelete
  16. We used to make butternut squash quite a bit. Mr. N loved it and so did we. Then one dinner he decided he didn't like it. I told him he had to eat one more bite and he could be done. After much protesting he did; however let's just say that it was the last time I have ever asked him to eat just one more bite. It was a very messy clean-up and we haven't had it since. Perhaps it's time to revisit the butternut squash. I doubt he remembers that meal when he was three. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  17. What a beautiful, healthy salad. Roasting really brings the flavor out of butternut squash.

    ReplyDelete
  18. This makes me want to run out and run squash!

    ReplyDelete
  19. ---Kelly,
    butternut squash reminds me of my childhood. My dad put brown sugar & butter inside it! MMMMMMM. Ps. did you change your photo?

    ReplyDelete
  20. Wow this looks good Kelly!!!!
    Healthy and scrumptious.... I have been thinking of using quinoa in sale for long time.
    This looks perfect my dear will try soon.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I keep meaning to try this red quinoa. Your dish looks really good with it!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I haven't had squash in such a long time.. I think it's about time I have it again and maybe try out this wonderful recipe

    ReplyDelete
  23. I have to agree that butternut squash is one of my favorites too. But I think the part I like best is your use of dates in this salad. Really clever!

    ReplyDelete
  24. @Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Thanks for dropping by Alicia - the squash is so tasty and versatile - endless ways to prepare it.

    ReplyDelete
  25. @Jeanette

    'Tis the season - yeah for winter squash!

    ReplyDelete
  26. @Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Although I'm sad about the end of summer, it's fun to explore seasonal foods. Cheers Laura!

    ReplyDelete
  27. @Ann

    Let me know how you like it Ann!

    ReplyDelete
  28. @Junia

    Thanks Junia - have a great day!

    ReplyDelete
  29. @Charles

    I've made Kale chips but never squash chips... brilliant idea Charles!

    ReplyDelete
  30. @Anonymous

    Thanks Lynn - it has a lovely nutty flavour; hope you enjoy.

    ReplyDelete
  31. @Linda

    I'm utterly jealous of your sunshine destination... and by February, I'll be wishing I could teleport :)

    ReplyDelete
  32. @aria @cookingmesoftly

    I do Aria... satisfying, delicious and full of nutrients - hard to miss!

    ReplyDelete
  33. It's as if you were reading my thoughts: I have bought some quinoa and have been wondering which recipe I should choose to cook it for the first time. Yours looks easy and delicious.
    Squash season starts and it's sad: as you say Summer is almost over :-( I totally agree that grilling or roasting brings out the best in butternut squash or pumpkins. I also love putting lots of curry and hot chili. I think spicy and hot flavours improve all these orange vegetables.

    ReplyDelete
  34. @thecompletecookbook

    Thanks Mandy - let me know what you think if you try it.

    ReplyDelete
  35. @sweetcarolinescooking.com

    The pine nuts add such a nice crunch and deliciousness to the recipe but you could toss in any nuts/seeds you have on hand. Have a nice day Caroline.

    ReplyDelete
  36. @Amy @ Elephant Eats

    Delicious, healthy and easy... my kind of eats!

    ReplyDelete
  37. @kristy

    Oh NO... poor Mr. N! I can completely relate to that mommy moment... so hard to predict these things. Youngsters are so intuitive and in touch with themselves. Maybe he could tolerate a small trial. Another way I like to prepare butternut squash once it has roasted is to mash it with a little bit of maple syrup and a touch of butter (similar consistency to mashed potato) Mr. N (and Miss A) might like that version too.

    ReplyDelete
  38. @Greg

    LOL - try not to run over the squash while buying them - hee-hee - Cheers Greg.

    ReplyDelete
  39. @My Inner Chick

    Oh delish! That's one of my favourite variations - touch of maple syrup and butter. YUM! yes, a little pic variation for no particular reason - just felt like it :)

    ReplyDelete
  40. @Reem | Simply Reem

    Let me know how you like it Reem - all the mix-ins really add to the flavour experience.

    ReplyDelete
  41. @France@beyondthepeel

    Ah yes, the dates are my favourite mix-in too. They add just a touch of natural sweetness to complement the dish. Thanks France!

    ReplyDelete
  42. @Sissi

    Thanks Sissi - I'm struggling with the end of summer... so it goes, to everything, turn, turn, turn, there is a season. The Byrds said it best :)

    ReplyDelete
  43. Yum, Kelly! This looks wonderful! You are getting me in the mood for Fall!

    ReplyDelete
  44. The red quoins then the pine nuts and last squash! A pwrfect mixture of fantastic ingredients. I can't wait to try it. The picture speaks a million! Thanks for visiting. Love your blog- following u now

    ReplyDelete
  45. Very nice healthy dish! I also love butternut squash too. I think red quinoa seems more appetizing for fall season. You made this dish very nice seasonal flavor!

    ReplyDelete
  46. I haven't even tried cooking regular quinoa and now i find out that there's red quinoa that looks even better! This is definitely one healthy dish that i will have to try out soon!

    ReplyDelete
  47. Looks fabulous!! Great looking blog and photos.

    Found you through foodbuzz!

    ReplyDelete
  48. Wow - totally awesome recipe! Bookmarking it! have a lovely day.

    ReplyDelete
  49. Hi Kelly - love the new look of your Inspired Edibles Blog. The magazine layout is slick. Keep up the good work !!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for your feedback - it's wonderful to hear from you!