Quinoa Salad with Winter Veggies and Buffalo Chicken Sausage


This hearty grain salad with browned sausage, carrots, and butternut squash is tossed with quinoa for a delicious all-in-one meal.

8 servings


  • ¾ cup uncooked quinoa

  • 1 ¼ cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 6 links Dietz & Watson Buffalo Chicken Sausage, cut into chunks

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 2 cups butternut squash, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 cup shredded carrot

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced

  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped


  1. Put the quinoa and chicken broth in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the liquid is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

  2. While quinoa cooks, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer sausage to a plate.

  3. Add another tablespoon oil to pan, then add the onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the squash and carrots and cook about 5 minutes, until the vegetables are tender-firm.

  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, remaining oil, cumin, salt and black pepper. Add quinoa, sausage, squash-carrot and onion mixture and mix. Chill in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes or up to two days. When ready to serve, stir in the parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

223 Calories
12g Fat
19g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 223
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 547mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 32mg 162%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 327mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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