Sometimes the simplest ingredients come together easily like this seasonal Warm Kale and Winter Squash Quinoa Salad.
I adore warm salads during the cooler months. Which is why I probably make a warm salad almost every night for dinner. They pair deliciously with most entrees. And they can be served a la carte for a comforting and nourishing seasonal salad.
When I make a warm salad, I use every kind of green that’s available this time of year. Kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, beet greens and spinach are all perfectly delicious slightly warm.
I especially adore the combination of ingredients in this Warm Kale and Winter Squash Quinoa salad. The slight peppery flavor of kale, sweetness of the winter squash, and nutty flavor of quinoa creates a luscious party of flavors.
I also add thinly sliced red onions for spice and crunch. And, roasting the squash with maple syrup adds a delicate sweetness to the dish. I toss the salad in a spicy maple vinaigrette and finish this salad with pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds or dried cherries.
For me, the Warm Kale and Winter Squash Quinoa Salad is all about taking fresh, seasonal ingredients and pairing them with a few pantry staples. This makes dinner delicious, healthy and achievable. Achievable is good, right?
Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love!