Monday, March 14, 2011

Quinoa, Squash, & Black Bean Salad


Looking for a delicious and healthy salad?  This protein, high-fiber packed meal satisfies even the most voracious appetite.  As long as there are butternut squash available, you can guarantee we are eating this at least once a week.  

Remove the 'skin' from the squash, cut the body into approx. 1" rounds, brush both sides with olive oil (usually I add a few crush garlic cloves to the oil before spreading), then either roast or use a panini grill until softened.  In the meantime, rinse dry quinoa thoroughly prior to cooking.  Add cooked (or canned) black beans to the cooked quinoa, toss with olive oil and sea salt.  Place fresh arugula, then a large portion of quinoa, black bean mixture atop the butternut squash.  With a heavy hand, drizzle olive oil and generously add feta or goat cheese.  Grab a fork and enjoy.

[Reverie-Daydream Images]

15 comments:

  1. oh. em. gee. that looks soooooooooo good. i'm drooling...i really am.

    yum yum yum.

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  2. I feel my monday mojo with this fab dish....and thanks for sharing your daily live what you love....good food, artfully prepared and healthy!
    pve

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  3. Oh wow - you may have convinced me to try this out! Gorgeous images. Hope you all had a lovely weekend! That twitter image of the trees was just beautiful too!

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  4. Melissa, please hop over to see all the love for your shared motivation of living live doing what you love! Thank-you again!
    pve

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  5. Oh how gorgeous! I'm going to get my hands on some squash at the store ASAP. I could use the butternut squash I have on the counter, but I was reserving that for soup.

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  6. That sounds delicious, will have to try it! xxoo :)

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  7. Oh my delish! Sounds perfect and filling. Loving this, can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing! XO

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  8. this looks amazing!!! I am so glad that I haven't gone to the store yet... this is on the menu for the week!

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  9. This looks beyond good. Wish I would have read this before I hit the store. Def going on my list for next week! xo

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  10. Wow, this looks too good to be true! I'm so making this later in the week.

    P.S. Made your mushroom recipe over fresh pasta and your warm dates with almonds last Friday night and it was AMAZING! Can't wait to try this recipe now.

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  11. Delicious! I love this kind of wholesome goodness!
    Thans for the recipe!
    Looks so yummy!

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  12. This looks amazing! Beautiful photo!

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  13. This is right up my alley Mel- I'm printing it now. ;)
    xo~
    T

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