Autumn Quinoa Salad with Maple Mustard Vinaigrette
This autumn quinoa salad with roasted squash and bacon is a great side dish or even a main dish. The maple mustard vinaigrette drives the fall flavors home.
They usually last about a week. My husband loves them for breakfast! Okay…so do I.
It’s a feel good food. Eat it, feel good. You’re treating your body well! Much better than the Arby’s, popcorn, and lasagna that this pregnancy has been driving me to consume. But we don’t need to get into that. Let’s talk about this salad! It’s the perfect fall food. Roasted squash, one of my favorites. Dried cranberries to give it a sweet and tangy chewy element. Feta for a little tangy-salty bite. And bacon—well, that’s just obvious.
Want more fall flavors? I know you do! I made a similar yet different salad – a farro salad with butternut squash. It also has bacon, cranberries, and feta. It’s pretty amazing.
Make this vegetarian by leaving out the bacon! Quinoa packs a ton of protein. I ate this leftover with some toasted walnuts on top (California Walnuts sent me some great ones)–so yummy! Or you could add some roasted sunflower seeds or pepitas, if desired.
For the vinaigrette:
For the salad:
Serving Size: 1 of 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 25mg Sodium: 473mg Carbohydrates: 29g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 11g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 12g
Husband’s take: He liked this a lot! I’m always a little hesitant to serve him quinoa (I don’t know why), but we’re usually safe if there is bacon involved. E is still not a huge fan of quinoa (I think it is a texture thing, although she loves rice). She picked out and ate the cranberries, squash, and bacon, though. Typical for a toddler, right?
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: A little bit of prep work but otherwise very easy!
Make this vegetarian by leaving out the bacon! Quinoa packs a ton of protein.
I ate this leftover with some toasted walnuts on top (California Walnuts sent me some great ones)–so yummy! Or you could add some roasted sunflower seeds or pepitas, if desired.