Butternut Squash, Quinoa, and Arugula Salad


January 3, 2013 by Sarah

I think I have a thing for quinoa salads.  I love how quickly they come together and there are so many delicious flavor combinations.

Here is the recipe for the Butternut squash, quinoa, and arugula salad that I made for dinner tonight.  Adapt it to fit your preferences and whatever you have in your kitchen.


Butternut squash, quinoa, and arugula salad

4 servings

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 2 cups water or chicken/vegetable broth (I used water)
  • 1 bag of arugula (I used Dole)
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup gorgonzola cheese, more or less to taste
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Drizzle diced butternut squash with a small amount of olive oil and roast squash for 30-45 minutes, until it can be easily pierced with a fork.  This can be done ahead of time – I roasted the butternut squash the night before.
  • Combine the quinoa and water/broth in a saucepan over high heat.  Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for approximately 15 minutes or until all water is absorbed.
  • Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  • Toss arugula, quinoa, butternut squash, walnuts, and dressing together in a bowl.  Sprinkle with gorgonzola cheese and serve.


Here is a quick look at the rest of the day…


I was super hungry today…

  • Breakfast:  2 eggs with ham lunch meat, 1/2 a multigrain bagel and fruit
  • Lunch: Leftover spaghetti squash with turkey meatballs, apple
  • Afternoon snack: Luna bar, yogurt, and raspberry greek yogurt
  • Dinner: Butternut squash, quinoa, and arugula salad and some red wine (it was a great pairing!)
  • Evening snack: Hot chocolate and a graham cracker



Ran 4.75 miles bright and early this morning before work.  I am so proud of myself for getting out of my warm bed this morning to go for a chilly run.

4.75 miles in 47:00 minutes, 9:53 pace

Off to watch a little TV before bed… I’m heading to the gym first thing tomorrow morning!

When do you prefer to workout?  Are you a morning exerciser?


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