Are you ready to welcome fall? As the weather cools you might crave delicate leafy salads less, but it's the perfect time for grain salads. Quinoa, besides being quick-cooking and versatile, is not a true grain but a seed, and is actually a botanical relative of beets and chard. It carries a nutritional mark of distinction for being a “complete protein” — meaning it contains all the amino acids our bodies need.
This salad combines this nutritious base with vibrantly hued fall vegetables — the roasted butternut squash is a great source of carotenoid antioxidants, the kale is a fantastic source of vitamin K, fiber, calcium, iron, folate and antioxidants, and the pomegranate seeds are little jewel-like accents which add bursts of juicy flavor and are also a great source of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C.
This is a perfect salad for those of you who are vegan, vegetarian, or simply trying to clean up your diet by eating more plant-based foods. To your health!