Good morning! How was your weekend? Mine started out cold, grey and ugly but then the sun popped out, the wind died down and it ended up being a beautiful Fall weekend. I spent a lot of time outdoors soaking up the sun, and some time in the kitchen experimenting with a few Fall desserts.
I also made two soups( which I will share at a letter date) and this scrumptious roasted vegetable salad. During the week I like my meals to be simple and easy and this salad fits the bill perfectly. You can make a big bowl of this salad and eat it, as is, or with greens, you can even add a little protein if you feel like.
Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad with Toasted Pecans, Dried Fruit and Gorgonzola Cheese
Adapted from Julia’s Album
11/2 cups toasted pecans
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup dried cherries
Roasted butternut squash(see below)
1/4 gorgonzola cheese
2 cups cooked quinoa
11/2 lbs butternut squash peeled, seeded and cut into 1 inch cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. In a large bowl combine spices, syrup, oil and squash, mix well then pour onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes until the squash is golden and tender. Set aside to cool.
In a bowl combine the squash, dried fruit, and pecans and cheese, mix well. Plate up a portion of quinoa in each bowl and top with a scoop of squash mixture.
Note: I forgot to add the cheese.
Did you make anything tasty this weekend or have any exciting plans? Whatever you did I hope it was fun and relaxing.
I hope that you have a fabulous week.
Linking to Rooted in Thyme
The pecans are the clincher on this one. Yum.
Castles Crowns and Cottages says
Good morning Elizabeth! Looks so autumnish this recipe! Enjoy your week!
William Kendall says
That sounds like quite a meal.
Preppy Empty Nester says
I read your comment on somebody's blog and you said all that you did in the kitchen before 9AM! This recipe looks delish! Right up my alley – I love roasted butternut squash. Have a wonderful week.
This looks positively delicious! And it's healthy and easy to make. Your fall cobb salad looks great and so does the roasted beet salad….always looking for more ways to use beets! Thanks for the inspiration! April 🙂
Nancy's Daily Dish says
This sounds really good…love blue cheese with fruit. Thanks for sharing! I'm going to try it!