Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Acorn Squash with Red Quinoa, Almond, and Apple Salad in Maple Vinaigrette

Thanksgiving is tomorrow! If you're still planning your menu, I've got a simple, wholesome side dish that combines some of the best Thanksgiving flavors in a pretty package. You roast acorn squash halves and then fill them with a red quinoa, fruit and nut salad all tossed in warm maple vinaigrette.

So, on this Technique Tuesday (taking place on a Wednesday because Abigail and I both moved last week and are still unpacking boxes...), here's our "How To Whip Up an Impressive, Healthy, and Maple-y Side Dish."

Vegan & Vegetarian friendly!

On this Thanksgiving, we'd like to take a moment to tell you how THANKFUL we are for all of you. Wishing you a happy, delicious, guilt-free (enjoy those holiday foods!) Thanksgiving.

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Acorn Squash with Red Quinoa, Cranberries, Apples, and Toasted Almonds - Tossed in Maple Vinaigrette (serves 4)


For the Squash:

  • 2 acorn squashes, halved and seeded
  • 8 teaspoons olive oil
  • 8 teaspoons brown sugar
  • Pinch each of salt & pepper

For the Filling:

For the Maple Vinaigrette:

  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup, warmed
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-½ Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Pinch each of salt and pepper


Roast Squash:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line two rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil.
  • Rub 2 teaspoons of olive oil or butter into each squash half. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of brown sugar into the center and add a pinch of salt and pepper all over the top. 
  • Roast, cut side up, until golden brown and very tender, 40-60 minutes. 

Make Vinaigrette:

  • Whisk the olive oil and apple cider vinegar into the warm maple syrup. 
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

Assemble Salad:

  • In a large bowl, gently toss together: red quinoa, dried cranberries, roasted almonds, chopped apple, and maple vinaigrette.
  • Spoon ¼ of the quinoa salad into each acorn squash half and serve.


  1. A very HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and your family.

    1. Thank you Rachel!! Happy Holidays to you and yours :)

  2. Can't believe I've gone thru fall (almost winter) without a single acorn squash!