I’m no different than most of the human population, hoping to start the New Year on a healthy note! The issue for me is that it’s harder to eat healthy during the winter months. (Right!?) Cold weather goes hand in hand with comfort food, and we all know that a cold and crisp salad is anything but comfort food. So, this past weekend I set out to create a warm winter salad that could bring us the best of both worlds. All the nutrition a salad would have with a comfort food feel. It’s delicious and warm and oh, so good!
Warm Winter Salad
I don’t know why, but I don’t do as much with butternut squash as I should! It’s a delicious and hearty vegetable. It has a ton of vitamins. Potassium. And, a fair amount of fiber. I love roasting it because it comes out tasting sweet and caramelized.
I decided to combine it with quinoa because…it’s winter. And, I wanted to make this “salad” more substantial. Quinoa is loaded with protein and fiber. I also went with KALE, because well… KALE is like the holy grail of green nutrition. (And, salads should have something “green”, in my opinion anyway.)
Last but not least, I wanted the flavors of balsamic vinegar, cranberry, and gorgonzola cheese. (Which of course can be omitted!) I created a simple dressing (with a splash of cranberry juice), and the dried cranberries and lumps of gorgonzola added even more color to the gorgeous orange and green of the squash and kale.
Seriously, is this not the prettiest color combo?
If you like this one, you’ll probably like some of my other recipes with similar ingredients. Click HERE for another Butternut Squash Recipe. Click HERE for another Quinoa Recipe. Both are UH-MAZING!!!