This vegan and gluten-free warm Brussels sprouts quinoa salad with butternut squash, arugula, and balsamic mustard dressing is the perfect hearty meal on cold, winter days.
Made with just a handful of fresh ingredients and a few pantry staples, this perfect plant-based quinoa salad is ready to devour in less than 30 minutes.
Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Salad Ingredients
Considered one of a few plant foods that deliver a complete protein, quinoa is also rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Quinoa contains magnesium, B vitamins like folate, iron, potassium, calcium, vitamin E, phosphorus, copper, and zinc, among others.
The seeds are also rich in antioxidants like quercetin and kaempferol, which have been extensively studied for their anti-inflammatory benefits and reduced rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Gluten-free quinoa is combined with avocado oil roasted Brussels sprouts and butternut squash to make an easy, warm quinoa salad. Brussels sprouts, a type of cruciferous vegetable, are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and anti-cancer properties. Butternut squash is rich in the vitamin A precursor, beta-carotene, and contains other beneficial nutrients, too.
Roasted and caramelized butternut squash and Brussels sprouts are combined with warm tricolor quinoa, peppery arugula, and a simple dressing made with grainy mustard, extra virgin olive oil, and balsamic vinegar to make a deliciously simple recipe.
This butternut squash and Brussels sprouts quinoa salad is the perfect plant-based way to create a hearty and nourishing meal.
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