Roasted Pumpkin and Quinoa Salad with Almonds

Roasted Pumpkin and Quinoa Salad with Almonds

An easy and healthy quinoa salad with almonds and roasted pumpkin full of rich and warming fall flavors. This recipe serves 6 but makes terrific leftovers that can be enjoyed either cold or at room temperature.
Course Salad
Category Mediterranean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 436 kcal
Autor Elle


For the salad:

  • 1 small organic hokkaido pumpkin, max. 1 kg, trimmed, seeded and cut into wedges (unpeeled)
  • olive oil, for coating
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa (300 g)
  • 1 cup whole raw almonds, toasted and finely chopped (130 g)
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced (greens and white parts)
  • 10-12 oil-packed sun-dried tomato halves, finely chopped (about 65 g)
  • 1 small bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 100 g feta cheese, crumbled (optional)

For the dressing:

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F / 220°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Rinse the uncooked quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. Place in a medium saucepan and cook according to package instructions, for about 15 minutes. Once most of the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is light and fluffy, remove from heat, fluff with a fork, and let stand for another 5 minutes. Transfer to a large salad bowl.
  3. Meanwhile, toss the pumpkin slices with a drizzle of olive oil (I do this directly on the baking sheet and toss them using my hands). Season with salt and pepper and spread evenly on the baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients until well combined. Pour the dressing over the quinoa, add the almonds, green onion, sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, and feta (if using) to the bowl and toss to combine. Taste and adjust salt and pepper, as desired. Transfer the pumpkin slices to the bowl and gently toss or serve as is.
  5. Enjoy warm or at room temperature. This dish also holds up well for leftovers the next couple of days.