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Butternut Squash, Quinoa, Pear and Walnut Bowl.

California Walnuts
A delicious grain bowl made with butternut squash, pear slices, quinoa, mixed greens, feta and rosemary walnuts is the perfect lunch or dinner for crisp autumn days.
Course Main Course
Servings 8


  • 500g butternut squash, cut into 3cm dice
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 180g quinoa
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 120g California walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 125ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 60ml balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1.4kg mixed greens
  • 3 medium pears, thinly sliced
  • 2 x 400g cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 100g crumbled light feta cheese


  • Butternut Squash:
    Preheat oven to 200C, gas mark 6 and prepare a baking sheet with foil.
    Spread butternut squash cubes onto prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss squash to combine. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes until squash is tender and lightly caramelized, flipping chunks after 15 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • Quinoa:
    Meanwhile, rinse quinoa under cold water. Bring vegetable stock to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add quinoa and cover.
    Simmer on low-medium heat for 20 – 25 minutes until or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Drain any excess liquid. Set aside.
  • Rosemary Walnuts:
    Preheat oven to 180C, gas mark 4 and line a baking sheet with foil.
    Place walnuts onto prepared baking sheet and drizzle with ½ teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle with rosemary, salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Make sure walnuts are in a single layer.
    Bake walnuts for 8 minutes until fragrant and toasted. Remove walnuts from oven and let cool. Chop walnuts roughly and set aside.
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette:
    Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, rosemary, salt and pepper in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake to combine and set aside.
  • Assembly:
    Divide mixed greens, pears, beans, feta, butternut squash, quinoa and walnuts equally among 8 bowls. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and serve immediately. You can also divide the ingredients equally into food storage containers to eat throughout the week. Just add balsamic dressing before serving.