Gluten Free Roasted Butternut Squash & Quinoa Salad with Honeyed Balsamic Vinaigrette

Sunday, November 8, 2015

This warm winter salad features roasted butternut squash, quinoa and a few surprising twists, drizzled with homemade honeyed balsamic vinaigrette, it's gluten free, mostly vegan and vegetarian!

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Yield: 2 main portions or 4 side dish portions
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Vegetarian Roasted Butternut Squash & Quinoa Salad with Honeyed Balsamic Vinaigrette

I'm a sucker for a good salad. I'm talking about salads with substance, with more than just a few spindly salad leaves and half chopped tomatoes and cucumbers. Salads that will fill you up and keep you full and that are perfect for any time of year. The roasted butternut squash and quinoa salad recipe I'm going to share with you today is just that type of salad: it's full of goodness and makes for a filling meal ready in just over half an hour.

This warm gluten free butternut squash and quinoa salad is served on a bed of leaves with green beans and dried blueberry-infused cranberries. |

There are all sorts of hidden gems in this salad and a variety of textures too, from the unmistakable texture of quinoa to the crunch of blanched French green beans and the crisp edges of the butternut squash and melt-in-your-mouth velvety creamy inside. Jewels of blueberry-infused dried cranberries add a pop of juicy fruit and the whole thing is rounded with a drizzle of sweetly tangy homemade vinaigrette.

This three ingredient honeyed balsamic vinaigrette dressing is perfect for winter salads. |

This salad was created as an entry in the Warm Winter Salad competition held by Printworks Kitchen, a family-run cafe in London owned by Supercity Aparthotels.

A forkful of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan roasted butternut squash and quinoa salad. |


For the warm winter salad
1/2 cup blueberry infused dried cranberries or normal dried cranberries
1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 cup French green beans
100 grams baby spinach, rocket and coriander leaves
250 grams red and white quinoa, cooked
olive oil


For the honeyed balsamic vinaigrette
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon light honey*
2 tablespoons Modena balsamic vinegar

*It is the honey in this recipe that makes it "mostly vegan". I know some vegans who do eat honey and some who don't. If you don't, you can replace it with half the quantity of agave nectar or an equal quantity of maple syrup. 

The honey in the honeyed balsamic vinaigrette in this recipe can be substituted for maple syrup or agave nectar, for vegans. |
This gluten free butternut squash salad is served warm with quinoa. |

Gluten Free Roasted Butternut Squash & Quinoa Salad with Honeyed Balsamic Vinaigrette


  1. Preheat your oven to 200c.
  2. Peel and chop the butternut squash into small cubes, about the size of dice.
  3. Toss the squash with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Lay it out on a baking tray lined with foil or baking parchment and roast for about 20 minutes or until tender.
  4. Warm the cooked quinoa for a few seconds in the microwave, then toss with the baby spinach, rocket and coriander leaves.
  5. Blanch the French green beans by boiling for 1 minute and then refreshing under cold water.
  6. Sprinkle the green beans and dried cranberries over the leaves and quinoa.
  7. Make the vinaigrette by whisking balsamic vinegar with olive oil. Continue to whisk as you add the honey. Set aside.
  8. Top the leaves with the cooked butternut squash whilst still warm. 
  9. Drizzle over the honeyed balsamic vinaigrette and serve.
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