Kale and squash quinoa salad on a white plate.

Squash and Apple Quinoa Salad

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Oven, Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan

You will love the sweet, crunchy apple paired with tender bites of squash in this hearty vegan salad.



  • 4 cups cubed, peeled butternut squash
  • 3 cups de-stemmed and chopped kale
  • 1/4 tsp olive oil for massaging kale
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 chopped apple, any variety
  • 1.5 tbsp apple cider vinegar¬†
  • 1.5 tbsp maple syrup
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • optional: 1/2 cup white beans


  1. Cook the butternut squash using your preferred method. It can be steamed, roasted, boiled or cooked in an Instant Pot. 
  2. Add the chopped kale to a bowl and massage with the olive oil until soft.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl, mix well and serve right away or store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Keywords: kale quinoa salad, easy, healthy, vegetarian, gluten-free, oil-free