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Warm Squash & Quinoa Salad

Whenever I see butternut squash at the supermarket, I buy one. It's amazing tossed with earthy quinoa, Italian spices and crunchy pine nuts. And don't get me started on the browned butter! Yum. —Carly Taylor, Libertyville, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 cups quinoa, rinsed
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3-1/2 cups cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1/2 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Toasted pine nuts, optional


  • In a large saucepan, combine quinoa, cumin and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until liquid is absorbed, 10-13 minutes. Remove from heat; keep warm.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat butter over medium-low heat until golden brown, 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly. Immediately stir in squash and seasonings; cook, covered, until tender, 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add to quinoa, stirring gently to combine. Top with cheese and, if desired, pine nuts.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 314 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 449mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 7g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • gina.kapfhamer
    Jan 11, 2018

    It seems like everyone I know has been getting on the quinoa train lately. I had never made it before and when I needed to, of course I turned to Taste of Home! Since I love both squash and feta, this recipe was the perfect match. I was surprised how easy this was, and how perfectly the feta complimented the dish. Not sure why I was expecting it to be hard to make (maybe it's the name!) - but this was easy. DEFINITELY be careful about browning the butter though - if you're not stirring constantly like it says, it'd be VERY easy to burn the butter - and that's just the worst smell / such a pain to clean up. So just pay extra close attention there - don't get distracted!This recipe will definitely be a staple going forward in our dinner side dish lineup. And from now on: I won't have to be intimidated by quinoa anymore!

  • praney
    Nov 21, 2017

    Loved this. I made an entire butternut squash. The feta added the perfect taste.