Quinoa, Butternut Squash, and Kale Salad


This is a go-to type of recipe I use a lot. The seasonings are pretty great and can be used for sweet potato fries and a fish marinade too. You can vary this recipe by adding your favorite grain, or bean! You can also use whichever herb you enjoy.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ butternut squash - peeled, seeded, and cubed

  • 1 zucchini, cubed

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 2 cups chopped lacinato kale

  • 2 cups chopped Italian parsley

  • ½ cup raisins

  • ½ cup chopped red onion

  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, cumin, oregano, chili powder, salt, and pepper together in a bowl. Add butternut squash and zucchini; toss until coated. Place butternut squash and zucchini onto a baking sheet.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven, tossing once half way through, until soft, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven; cool.

  4. Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and cool.

  5. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, butternut squash, zucchini, quinoa, kale, parsley, raisins, red onion, apple cider vinegar, and honey in a bowl; toss until salad is combined.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

195 Calories
5g Fat
35g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 195
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 132mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 46mg 228%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 607mg 13%

* 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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