Ever wonder what fall in a bowl tastes like?
It basically tastes like this bowl of goodness.
I'm sure it's no secret by now that I love all things fall. Pumpkin everything, the cooler weather, the changing leaves, football, tailgating...and the list goes on.
I decided to experiment with some of my favorite fall flavors and see if I could make it work all together. The result was a delicious, protein packed salad that alternated between savory with a hint of sweet.
In other words, right up my alley!
This salad has a few steps, but it's not super labor intensive. It's a perfect lunch or a great side dish! It can be served cold, room temperature, or heated, and it delicious all three ways!
By the way, if you are looking for more fabulous fall recipes - check out "What's Cookin' Wednesday" on Buns in My Oven!
Fall Quinoa Salad
Serves 4 as a main, about 6 as a side
1 cup quinoa
2 cups of low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (divided)
1 bag of brussel sprouts, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
2 cups cooked, chopped turkey breast (rotisserie is great for this!)
2 cups chopped butternut squash
1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
2 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
Add the 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds to a dry skillet. Heat over medium heat, stirring often, for about 2 minutes until toasted. Set aside to cool.
Using the broth, prepare quinoa according to package directions, and set aside to cool.
Heat oven to 375. Spray a cooking sheet with cooking spray and lay the chopped brussel sprouts in a single layer. Add 1 tbsp. of olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, and toss to combine. Roast for 15 minutes, tossing about halfway through. Set aside to cool.
Add 1 tbsp. olive oil to a large skillet. Add squash and saute for about 10 minutes. Then, add the maple syrup and stir to coat the squash. Cook for an additional 3 minutes, or until tender.
In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, brussel sprouts, butternut squash, and turkey and toss to combine. Then, add in pumpkin seeds and parmesan and mix well.