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Winter Quinoa Salad

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When we developed this recipe in kitchen hours, we wanted to feature pomegranate, winter squash, and collard greens. Added to quinoa with a tasty dressing, these winter favorites create a great salad to share with friends and family. Leftovers are yummy the next day hot or cold, making this a great recipe for lunch packing too!

Ingredients

Food
Amt
Units
Prep
Notes
1 small butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes
butternut squash
1
small
peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes
1½ cups dry quinoa, rinsed
dry quinoa
cups
rinsed
1 red onion, diced
red onion
1
diced
3 clove garlic, minced
garlic
3
clove
minced
1 bunch collards, leaves removed from stems and sliced into ribbons
collards
1
bunch
leaves removed from stems and sliced into ribbons
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
olive oil
5
tablespoons
divided
2.5 teaspoons salt, divided
salt
2.5
teaspoons
divided
¼ cup orange juice
orange juice
¼
cup
¼ teaspoon black pepper
black pepper
¼
teaspoon
1 pomegranate, arils removed
pomegranates
1
arils removed

Method

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread squash evenly on a baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt. Roast in the oven for 40 minutes, turning halfway through. While squash is roasting, prepare the rest of the salad components. In a small sauce pan, cook quinoa according to package instructions. In a large saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add onion and garlic and saute until translucent. Add collard greens and 1 teaspoon of salt and saute until greens are wilted. In a small bowl, whisk together orange juice, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and set aside. In a large serving bowl, combine roasted squash, cooked quinoa, sauteed collard greens, and pomegranate arils. Pour dressing over the mixture and stir.

Prep time
30 min
Cook time
45 min
Yields/Serves:
12
Nutrition Information

Yum Ratings

😫😟😐😀😍 “I like the squash.” —Levi, age 3
😫😟😐😀😍 “I like the pomegranate.” —Emmie, age 3
😫😟😐😀😍 “I like the pomegranate the best, and the squash is really yum!” —Eliza, age 3
😫😟😐😀😍 “I like the saltiness of the greens! Delicious!” —Katie, a grown up