I don’t want to brag, but I think this could be the best Fall salad I’ve ever made. And if you don’t believe me, just ask my friend who “hates salad” yet went back for a second helping! This salad gives off all the fall and holiday feels with the perfect combo of roasted squash, pecans and cranberries too! The ingredients are super simple, most of which you would have in your pantry, and super nutrient dense too! The quinoa makes it a little more substantial than your typical leafy salad and adds to the carb/ protein count. The kale is high in iron and antioxidents and the cranberries give it that subtle sweetness, which makes it kids friendly (and hubs approved too!)

This is my first time making this salad, but I can imagine that this salad would be delicious with the addition of celery or ACV or candid pecans and even chickpeas- hello to versatility! Although I served this as a side dish, you could totally top it with salmon, shrimp or chicken & make it a meal (or better yet, meal prep!)

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Quinoa Salad With Roasted Squash, Dried Cranberries & Pecans
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
serves
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit for an additional 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread quinoa on a sheet tray to allow it to cool completely.
  5. Meanwhile, arrange squash on a baking sheet and roast until tender and golden, for approx. 20 minutes.
  6. In a large bowl, toss quinoa, squash, kale, pecans, and cranberries.
  7. Drizzle balsamic vinegar & olive oil over salad and toss to lightly coat.
  8. Season with additional salt and pepper, crumble feta on top, and serve.
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