I’ve had such a great time this year being a part of the Dole Ambassador crew! The 2015 Get Up and Grow bloggers shared a ton of amazing recipes featuring great Dole products like their salad kits, baby spinach, celery, banana and pineapple.

Today I thought I’d put my Dole Baby Spinach to use in an amazing roasted butternut squash, spinach and quinoa salad topped off with a quick and easy vegan parmesan. This salad features flavours like fresh lemon and basil and packs in all the nutrition with butternut squash, baby spinach, quinoa and chickpeas. Every ingredient actually contributes it’s own bit of nutrition, from plant-based protein to plenty of vitamins and antioxidants, this salad has it all!

Butternut Squash, Baby Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Vegan ParmesanButternut Squash, Baby Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Vegan Parmesan

Dole Baby Spinach is easy as can be to use, just pop it open and use it as a base for healthy salads, throw it into soups or pile it high in veggie sandwiches.

Butternut Squash, Baby Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Vegan Parmesan

Butternut Squash, Baby Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Vegan Parmesan

To really make this salad pop, it’s topped off with quick and easy vegan parmesan made with nutritional yeast and almonds. This recipe will make extra parmesan which you can store in the fridge to use in soups, salads, pasta or any where else you would use parmesan cheese.

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Butternut Squash, Baby Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Vegan Parmesan

Squash, Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Vegan Parmesan

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Salad, Entree
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 3 large handfuls Dole Baby Spinach
  • 1 19 oz can chickpeas
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • To make the vegan parmesan:
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and roast the butternut squash in 1/4 tsp olive oil and a pinch of sea salt until tender.
  2. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, dijon and garlic to a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the cooked quinoa, basil, onion, Dole Baby Spinach, chickpeas and roasted squash to the bowl and stir to mix.
  4. To make the vegan parmesan, place the almonds, nutritional yeast, salt, garlic powder and olive oil in a food processor and mix until the almonds are broken down.
  5. To serve, you can either mix about 1/2 cup of vegan parmesan into the whole salad, or sprinkle few tablespoons on each serving.
  6. Store any extra vegan parmesan in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, use on salads, soups, pasta or anywhere else you’d use parmesan cheese.

Butternut Squash, Baby Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Vegan Parmesan

To catch up on more Dole features on Running on Real Food check out my 10 Easy Vegan Banana Snacks and Desserts made with Dole Bananas and these yummy Tropical Chia Oats with Dole Pineapple and Toasted Coconut.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored as part of my 2015 Dole Ambassadorship, opinions are my own.