Nutty Roasted Butternut Squash, Quinoa and Rocket Salad

by Rebecca Smith on Thursday, 3 June 2010

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves 4
Easy / prepare ahead

1 butternut squash, halved across the middle and cut into wedges
1tbsp olive oil, plus a little extra
200g (7oz) quinoa
1tbsp Dijon mustard
juice 2 oranges
75g (3oz) rocket
65g (2½oz) almonds, toasted and roughly chopped
handful flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped

1 Heat oven to 200 C, 180 C fan, 400 F, gas 6. Toss the squash in the oil, place on a baking tray, season and cook for 20 minutes, until soft.

2 Place quinoa in a pan with boiling water just covering the surface. Simmer for 20 minutes, until the grains show a white rim around the outside and are tender, but still have a little bite. Drain off any excess liquid and set aside.

3 Mix the mustard and orange juice, then add 1tsp oil and a little seasoning. Toss most of this dressing through the quinoa. Combine all ingredients in a big shallow bowl, drizzle over the remaining dressing and serve while warm.

Per serving: 375 calories, 15g fat (1.5g saturated), 49g carbohydrate

Try this Poached chicken breasts would also work well in this salad, as would tofu if you wanted to keep it completely veggie.

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