Quinoa Salad with Blood Orange Dressing

This salad is bursting with flavor, the nuttiness of the butternut squash, the sweet pop of the pomegranate seeds and the savory flavors of the green onion.  This is a great stand-alone salad or as an amazing accompaniment to a meal as a side dish you can serve this warm or cold.

Quinoa Salad with Blood Orange Dressing - Recipe at calizona.com

Cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.  Cut off the skin with a pairing knife then cut squash into cubes

Mix olive oil, garlic and sea salt with the squash in a bowl

Spread squash on a baking sheet evenly so the squash bakes at the same rate

While squash is baking you can start the quinoa, measure 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, simmer and cover for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered for 5 more minutes.  When quinoa is finished, fluff with spatula and let cool slightly.

Mix in squash, pomegranates and dressing

Recipe: 2 – 4 Servings

  • 1 Cup Quinoa
  • 2 Cups Filtered Water
  • 1/2 Butternut Squash
  • 1 Cup Pomegranate Seeds


  • 1/2  A Blood Orange Juice
  • 4 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange Champagne Vinaigrette
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt or to taste

Nutritional Facts of Quinoa: Serving Size 1 Cup

Quinoa is full of nutrients high in fiber, protein and Iron just for starters

  • 8.14 grams of Protein
  • 3.4 grams of Fat
  • 222 Calories
  • 5 grams of Fiber
  • 118 mg of Magnesium
  • 39.41 mg carbohydrates
  • 31 mg Calcium
  • 2.76 mg Iron
  • 318 mg Potassium
  • 13 mg Sodium
  • 2.02 mg Zinc

Compare other Grains:

  • Brown Rice  1 Cup cooked = 4 grams Fiber
  • Oatmeal       1 Cup cooked = 4 grams Fiber
  • Couscous    1 Cup = 2 grams of Fiber

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