A simple roasted butternut squash salad

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 20, 2015


Last year my dear friend Karly mentioned that she started seeing a business coach. She was struggling to find balance with her quickly growing career while juggling a busy personal life, and found some much needed support and accountability with a coach. Consider me intrigued! I admire her for taking the initiative to get outside help with running her own business, and for gently planting the seed in my own mind. As I wrote in my last post, asking for help has never been my forte, but I’m lucky to be surrounded by many self employed friends who are always eager to share their sanity-saving tips.

Life got busier than ever with our new family and work. The business coach idea fell off my radar, as I didn’t think I could add one more thing to an already full plate. Looking back, it probably would’ve helped me more than it didn’t, but recently, it was as if the universe was giving me a gentle nudge to go for it. Don’t you love when that happens? First, our friend Chris mentioned his business coach, and what a great experience he’s had over the years. Then, I saw Karly recently and she told me she’s been seeing her coach for over a year now with amazing success (and I’ve noticed the positive changes, too). Well, that was it. In the words of my girl crush Mindy Kaling, Why not me?! I decided right then and there that I would make time to give it a shot.

Our first session started with an exploratory exercise. My coach presented me with “The Wheel of Life”. It has various labels on it like “career”, “fun”, “personal growth”, “money”, “significant other”, “health”, “friends/family”, etc. Then I rated each one on a numerical scale from least to most satisfaction. The poor little wheel was so imbalanced by the time I was finished. I wasn’t the least bit surprised since I’ve felt like a wagon with 3 wheels for a while now, but this exercise helped me decide on a few areas to improve. Even though my original intent was to focus on business, I realized that personal growth, or lack thereof, impacts every single area of my life. I think it makes sense to start with this area as I’m sure it’ll have a positive impact on all the other areas too. I’m in my early thirties, but I occasionally feel like my personal growth is stuck in the last decade (or on bad days, maybe my first decade of life, hah). Is this just me, or can you relate to that feeling?

I can’t even tell you how many insights I had in our first session. We set some goals in a few categories, and I came up with some potential solutions to issues. Before we met, I decided that I wasn’t going to sugar coat things or make excuses for myself; as a result, our conversation was authentic, passionate, real, and inspiring. One thing I love is the accountability that I now have to follow though with goals. Rather than simply saying, “oh I’d love to hire a team some day…”, I’m actively moving forward with the goal! I don’t want to stand in my own way anymore. It’s amazing how much we can hold ourselves back by telling ourselves the same stories each day. The question is – what would YOU do if you got out of your own way?

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Simple Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free


This is my favourite method for cooking butternut squash—chopping it into small cubes and roasting until it's tender and slightly caramelized. I have to exercise some serious restraint not to eat the whole pan straight from the oven! The squash cubes are layered on a base of fluffy quinoa and topped with creamy chopped avocado, sea salt, and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. It's super simple, but delightful. My best tip is to make sure you season this salad properly. Quinoa and roasted squash will fall flat without a generous seasoning of sea salt, so don't be shy. I also like to keep some Herbamare on hand when serving so others can season with additional salt if desired. Be sure to see my Tips below on the many ways you can change up this salad! Thank you to my friend Karly for inspiring this recipe. She brought this salad to a recent get-together and I knew I had to try recreating it at home.

6 servings
Prep time
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For the roasted butternut squash:
  • 1 large (3-pound/1.4 kg) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced into 1/2-inch cubes (about 8 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fine sea salt, to taste
For the salad:
  • 1 cup (200 g) uncooked quinoa
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • Fresh lemon or lime juice, to taste
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. For the squash: Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Spread the chopped squash onto the baking sheets and drizzle 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (or olive oil, if using) over each sheet. Toss to coat. Spread the squash into an even layer (being careful not to overcrowd the squash) and sprinkle with a few pinches of sea salt.
  3. Roast the squash until the bottoms are just starting to brown in some spots, about 40 to 50 minutes I don’t bother flipping the squash halfway through roasting, but you can if you’d like.
  4. For the salad: Once your squash are about 25 minutes from being done, begin preparing the quinoa. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh sieve and transfer to a medium pot. Add 1 3/4 cups water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low-medium, cover with a tight-fitting lid, and cook for 12 to 14 minutes, until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender and fluffy. Once cooked, fluff with a fork and remove from heat. Season the quinoa with salt and pepper to taste (I recommend a generous amount) and stir to combine. Keep the lid on until ready to use so it stays warm.
  5. Just before assembly, pit and chop the avocado so it’s ready to go.
  6. When the squash is finished cooking, spread the warm quinoa onto a platter or spoon it into a large bowl. While the squash is still hot, spoon it on top of the quinoa before adding the chopped avocado. Garnish with a couple more pinches of salt and a small amount of fresh lemon juice (or lime juice) drizzled over top (you can also try lemon or lime zest for a twist). I use a light touch with lemon juice as it can quickly overwhelm the other flavours. Serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size 1 of 6 servings | Calories 300 calories | Total Fat 10 grams
Saturated Fat 5 grams | Sodium 340 milligrams | Total Carbohydrates 54 grams
Fiber 9 grams | Sugar 6 grams | Protein 8 grams

Nutritional info uses 1 teaspoon fine sea salt.
* Nutrition data is approximate and is for informational purposes only.


Want to change this recipe up? Here are some fun ideas for how you can create a new dish!

- Add some minced garlic to the cooked quinoa for a subtle garlic flavour

- Sprinkle some garlic powder or nutritional yeast on top

- Boost the protein by adding black beans, chickpeas, or any bean of choice

- Try experimenting with spice combinations like cumin + chili powder + cayenne; cinnamon + nutmeg; curry powder + coriander, etc.

- Finish with fresh minced herbs such as parsley or cilantro

- Sprinkle my Pecan Parmesan on top for a nutty crunch

- Add finely shredded kale, chard, or spinach for a boost of green power


Photography credit: Ashley McLaughlin Photography

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Melissa October 20, 2015 at 9:32 am

“what would YOU do if you got out of your own way?”

Ouch, I so needed to hear that today!

And this looks delicious. I love all things butternut squash, but have never paired it with avocado!


Carolin October 20, 2015 at 9:48 am

Wow, that looks absolutely delicious! Every time I see a new post of yours in my feed my heart jumps with joy <3


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 20, 2015 at 9:55 am

Really love the simplicity of this salad! It’s perfect for fall and sooo simple to make any day of the week!


Ashley October 20, 2015 at 10:10 am
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I ate this entire dish for the next 3 days after I made it. SO comforting and simple. Loved it!!! Super fun to shoot, too. ;)


Laura ~ Raise Your Garden October 21, 2015 at 6:21 am

I love your photo’s of the squash!!!!! I’m having a serious case of squash photo envy right now. They’re cute. You just made a butternut squash cute. Love it =) And that yellow necklace is adorable. Yellow and purple just go. Sigh. I wish you could help me pick out a paint color for my kitchen! Anyhow, I love this salad too and will be making it with my plethora of squash.


Lauren October 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Ashley, Your photography is beautiful. The way that first photo reveals itself as the post is being read is breathtaking.

Angela, I am deeply inspired by your words and adventures with food, family and more.

Thanks you for sharing the journey.


Lauren October 20, 2015 at 10:22 am

Yum! AND I have all the ingredients!
Oh gosh what a powerful post for me to read, thanks Angela :)


Chris October 20, 2015 at 10:51 am

Excellent post, thanks for sharing and more importantly way to go for taking the first steps! Looking forward to all of the great things that are going to happen next ;-))


Aubrey @ Just Balancing Health October 20, 2015 at 11:09 am
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This looks SO good and squash is the most beautiful color!:)


Peggy @ Kawartha Wellness October 20, 2015 at 11:26 am

YUM! I am eating up food in my fridge before vacation and was debating what to do with the squash. Thank you for this!


Jessica October 20, 2015 at 11:33 am

I firmly believe in coaching in any area that you are not an expert. We always have something to learn.

And I am making this as soon as I possibly can!


Emilie @ Emilie Eats October 20, 2015 at 11:55 am

I love the simplicity of this! I’ve been craving loads of plain avocado and quinoa, but why not throw some butternut squash in there? You can’t go wrong with roasted squash!


Svetlana October 20, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Ahhhh what a beautiful picture of the squash!!!! Squash has never looked so good!

I wish squash would peel itself at times haha :-D


Abby @ The Frosted Vegan October 20, 2015 at 12:38 pm

I’ve been thinking about this a lot too, so you GO for getting to doing it and making life easier for yourself! Now, I’m off to find a big squash so I can make this and eat it all :)


Paige October 20, 2015 at 12:44 pm

This looks incredibly delicious! We’re definitely going to have to give this a try during the fall sometime!



Erin @ Erin's Inside Job October 20, 2015 at 1:36 pm

A business coach is such a great idea. For awhile I needed to surround myself w people who were able to remind me that anything is possible as long as I take the leap and go for it! Sometimes it just takes hearing it from another person :)


Catherine @ foodiecology October 20, 2015 at 1:51 pm

That is one seriously gorgeous butternut squash! Mine never are that ripe and orange. Love how simple this salad is.
I think I need a life coach as opposed to a business coach! Adulting has been too hard lately… ;)


Alys October 20, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Every time I peel a squash the sap creates this weird mess on my hand. It seems like it’s just the sap but is so difficult to get off. Some websites says it’s a skin reation. So… idk. Is it just me? Do you wear gloves to chop the squash?


Angela October 20, 2015 at 6:02 pm

It leaves a sap feel on my hands too! I don’t wear gloves to chop it, but just wash them well afterward.


Kari October 29, 2015 at 12:43 am
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It isn’t sap…this website does a great job of explaining it. You should really wear gloves.



Laura October 20, 2015 at 2:05 pm

What is not to like, simple ingredients put together, lovely recipe as usual!


Nicole W October 20, 2015 at 2:18 pm

The priorities wheel is such a fantastic tool. My husband has actually been doing it since grade 8, and our kids and I do it as well at his encouragement. What would I do? Sleep. Focus a tiny bit less on physical health and more on spiritual health. Start a blog to share my misadventures in childcare with frazzled moms…the list goes on!
I made this dish … So good it disappeared … I made it a second time a few days later at the request of my family. Way to make me love squash, Angela!!


Angela October 20, 2015 at 6:06 pm

I, for one, would love to see you write a blog and share your knowledge!! But know how busy you are already. ;)

Thanks again for testing this recipe! So glad you all enjoyed it. (For those who don’t know, Nicole is one of my awesome cookbook recipes testers!)


Nicole W October 20, 2015 at 4:31 pm
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Oops! I forgot to rate this cozy, flavourful dish…here is my 5 star rating :)


Sarah Noelle October 20, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Hi Angela! Thanks for this post and for sharing your experiences so openly and honestly. As a new blogger (who definitely does not yet need to hire a team or anything remotely like that!), this is an interesting insight into possible future experiences, assuming that all goes well.
I should also say that though I’ve only commented a couple of times, I’ve been reading and enjoying your blog for years, and your story about how and why you started blogging has been really inspirational for me as I start out on this journey. (Fun fact: I currently work in a research lab and am looking at post-doc/faculty positions!)
So thank you, and also thank you for this recipe, as I have more frozen cubes of squash in my freezer than I can count. ;)


Angela October 20, 2015 at 6:09 pm

Hi Sarah,

Thanks so much for your kind words! That’s so awesome you’ve been reading for so long. :) I’m off to check out your blog. Good luck with everything!


Sarah Noelle October 20, 2015 at 9:11 pm

Thanks so much! I’ll be back again soon of course :)


Chelsey October 20, 2015 at 7:18 pm

I had something similar to this last night! But without the avocado. Next time the avocado is going in for sure :)


Bella B October 20, 2015 at 8:52 pm

This looks so delicious and flavourful! I really like squash and need to use to more than I do. ♡♡

xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com


Annaliese October 20, 2015 at 9:10 pm

Haha, I like the analogy: “a wagon with three wheels”. Good for you! Self growth (and reflection to allow said growth) is tough sometimes…especially when you feel like your “always doing something”. I wish you luck with your future endeavors….three cheers for balance! The salad looks super tasty…just enjoyed some roasted butternut over quinoa, and love the idea of adding avocado!!!


Sisley October 20, 2015 at 9:45 pm

This sounds amazing Angela!! I can’t wait to try it :) Thanks for another great recipe xo


Bay October 21, 2015 at 1:08 am

Hi Angela!

I’m a big fan (seriously, every recipe in your book works the first time I try!). I’m so happy when I hear amazing people partner up with a coach to make their lives more awesome. I thought you might be interested in this article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/summer-engman/why-i-happily-pay-my-life-coach-the-big-bucks_b_8112828.html

I don’t like the title, per se, but as a coach, I feel this article does a bang-on job of describing the role of a coach. What do you think?

~ Bay xo


Kristina October 21, 2015 at 2:02 am

Such a great thing you did for yourself. I am also one of those people that considered asking for help a sign of weakness, but it’s the best thing you can do for yourself. The coaches are trained to help you, they have so much knowledge and experience. I recently took a class in personal effectiveness and it changed my view on coaching, it forced me to get out of my comfort zone.


Heidi Kokborg October 21, 2015 at 2:25 am

Thank you so much for sharing such a personal thing, Angela! It was very inspiring to read.. I would have done the same thing. I used to see a therapist for a year because I was struggling with my recovery from an eating disorder, my boyfriend was spending a semester abroad, and my school was so busy. Seeing a therapist at this point in my life helped me so much and I will do it again if/when I need it.

The recipe looks really good by the way! I made you Indian dal this weekend, and it was so delicious!! My boyfriend loved it too :)


Jessica Rose October 21, 2015 at 4:33 am

I;m really interested in having a Life Coach myself, someone who will kick me into gear….at present I have a book that’s helping me sort out my life but I may hire someone even just for a couple of sessions.



Ashley October 21, 2015 at 7:52 am

This looks great – I made your Roasted Buddha Bowl for my 13 month old yesterday and he loved it. Gonna try this one next!


Jill October 21, 2015 at 8:11 am

Firstly, this salad is totally up my alley. I’ve done sweet potato + avocado in salad before and it’s amazing, so I bet with butternut squash it’d be pretty awesome two.

Secondly, I think it’s awesome that you’ve taken this active approach to personal and professional growth. You’ve had so much success already, which many of us can only dream of, but your hard work always shines through, so you’re super inspirational because we know you work so hard to achieve what you have and to continue to move forward. Excited for you and all that you will do :)


Immy May October 21, 2015 at 8:17 am
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This looks gorgeous Angela!

I love warm butternut squash salads at this time of year :) May have to make this for my lunches next week! Immy x



Jaclyn October 21, 2015 at 8:25 am

It sounds like you hired a CTI trained coach! I know because I am one myself and I recognize the language and exercises. :)

All the best to you on your journey with coaching. Everyone benefits from working with one (including coaches!)



Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 21, 2015 at 9:48 am

Ange, this is EXACTLY what i needed to read today. I hear you on that being stuck thing and this entire message resonates SO much with me right now. I’m so happy for you and all the progress you’ve made with your business coach – it sounds like you are absolutely thriving right now, and you 100% deserve to! :) Great post, and major kudos to Ashley on this one – these photos are stunning!


Jill @ Champagne for Everyday October 21, 2015 at 10:01 am

Perfect fall dish. I love how versatile butternut squash is. It works so well in so many dishes. Thanks for sharing!

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Moran October 21, 2015 at 11:05 am

Thank you for the inspiration. I am sure so many women can relate to what you described. It seems we always have too much to do.. Personally though, I prefer to have too much than too little.
And butternut squash is the best! :)


Claudia October 21, 2015 at 11:24 am
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I just made this for lunch. Added some raw ribboned kale as well as some leftover sautéed kale. The lime juice was a nice addition. It was totally yummy! I have extra quinoa for breakfast tomorrow morning!


Meal Preppies October 21, 2015 at 11:30 am

This squash recipe is definitely a perfect dish to add to a meal prep menu. Thank you for sharing!


Sandra October 21, 2015 at 11:49 am

I love butternut squash, but rarely prepare it because I always get blisters on my hand from peeling. What veggie peeler do you use to get such long strips of peel off the squash?? Will have to tray this one soon!


Tara October 21, 2015 at 12:22 pm

Great timing!! I have so many squash from my garden to use up and not enough tasty squash recipes!! This looks fantastic! (And why have I never roasted my squash in coconut oil?)


Liv Faye October 21, 2015 at 12:33 pm
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Hi Angela, congrats on getting a business coach, I hope it will change your life for the better :). Looking forward to reading more of your progress. I can’t help but love a simple, healthy recipe like this one, I will definitely try it as soon as a I buy some squash. The pictures look AMAZING!

Ps. I tried making the golden lentil dahl last week with brown lentils and it ended up kinda watery, not like your picture at all that looked thicker, is it supposed to be a little watery or did I do something wrong?


Kate October 21, 2015 at 4:16 pm

Definatley the wrong lentils. I made it using red lentils, and it was perfection. Brown lentils are just not the same.


Liv Faye October 24, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Thanks Kate! Yeah, I know better know :)


Barb October 21, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Sounds absolutely yummy. Think I’ll have this for supper tonight. Love the alternative additions as well. Thanks so much. Glad you’ve taken the plunge to personal growth- much luck.


Nina Vrolijk October 21, 2015 at 2:58 pm

I can totally relate to that. I turned thirty this year and I feel like I have been stuck for more than a decade and I have no idea how to get out of the rut. What would you do if you got out of your own way…. Sadly, I don’t have the guts to answer that question. That would mean some huge changes…

I love the recipe, just bought me a squash. And I’m so glad your back by the way!!


Kelly Bourne October 21, 2015 at 3:23 pm


Ok — first off: I friggin’ love you. I’m a dedicated user of your cookbook (it is a disgusting, stained mess from all the splashes and overflows of my attempts at cooking…) although I’ve never ventured to make a comment on your site — until today!

Just wanted to reach out because I can totally relate — balancing the entrepreneurial gig with parenthood and maintaining a social life can be daaaang tricky. I’d always kind of rolled my eyes at the thought of coaching — until I actually experienced it and realized the amazing shifts that can happen as a result.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is coaching is pretty amazing, eh?! Glad to hear its helping you get where you want to be. And as a totally random side note: met your friend Joanna at a blogging conference this weekend as we bonded over our mutual geography. Small world!

Anyway, this is turning into a novel so I’ll wrap it up. Have a great day and best of luck as you continue on with your coach!

*sending virtual high fives*



Angela (Oh She Glows) October 25, 2015 at 11:22 am

Hey Kelly,

You are way too sweet – Joanna mentioned meeting you! Small world. :) I’m off to check out your blog. Thanks for your kind words and love for my cookbook!


Nicole October 21, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Too funny! I just walked in the door from the market, I have a beautiful butternut squash now, and here’s a fantastic recipe!


Kate October 21, 2015 at 4:14 pm

I love this, looking forward to a squashy fall. I also think the photos have improved dramatically. Much more you. I like the warmth of wood or fabric more than the coldness of stone, but then again the colors and patterns in th stone are so lovely. Congrats, looking forward to more.


Buffy Ellen @ Be Good Organics October 21, 2015 at 4:43 pm

Hi Angela,

Loved this post. It’s always such a great thing to take a step and reassess your priorities and what you really want your life to look like (if only you/your brain/your perception got out of the way!). I hope you came away with some awesome new intentions and that one of them included spending more time with your gorgeous family and being happy with exactly where you’re at! Sometimes we need to hear it from someone else to believe it’s true.

Love your blog (and looking forward to you coming to NZ one day, come say hello!).

x Buffy


Mary P. October 21, 2015 at 6:04 pm

This is simple yet bursting with flavor. I absolutely adore the butternut squash and avocado combination. It reminds me of sweet potato and avo…another match made in heaven. Will have to try this or something very similar for my blog. Thanks for sharing :)


Donna October 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Squash and avocado go so nicely together. Love how pretty this dish is as well. Can’t wait to give it a try!


Ashley October 21, 2015 at 9:06 pm

Love this post, Angela!

Even after I felt I had my disordered eating under control, meeting with an eating psychology coach was tremendously helpful in improving not only my relationship with food, but also my ability to take on hard life decisions. It’s so important to have someone on your team, challenging you to do the hard things that you want to do, but also supporting you wholeheartedly on the way.

So glad that you are having such success already! Way to take care of yourself and your own needs, it’s such a beautiful example <3


Rachel October 22, 2015 at 4:43 am

Love this post Ange!
Will you be sharing who your business coach is? I have been pondering the idea of working with one as well but there are so many out there, I have no idea how to go about finding a good one!


Rosemarie October 22, 2015 at 5:36 am

I have such a hard time peelimg butternut squash. What type of tool do you use?


Matea October 22, 2015 at 8:15 am

Butternut squash is the perfect vegetable to get you in the fall mood! This recipe sounds delicious :)


Vanessa Meads October 22, 2015 at 2:18 pm

I believe that recognizing when you need help and knowing how to ask for it is a sort of skill, and definitely one I wish I had developed earlier in life. It’s absolutely amazing what a little outside help can do for a person. Good for you for recognizing what you needed and seeking it out!

Is there anything better than fall weather + roasted squash? I don’t think so.


Jessica October 23, 2015 at 6:41 am

It looks really healthy and fresh, and it’s still Autumn appropriate which I like the most. Right now I want hearty food, not greeneries and this looks delicious as hell.


Cuong October 23, 2015 at 8:30 am

Hello Angela! I’m new to the vegan diet and am looking for recipes to try. I just discovered your blog searching for vegan cookbooks. Your photos are great but there’s something I noticed about your squash picture after it is peeled. It looks like your peeler has a curvature in it. Made me wonder what kind of peeler you are using and if it makes life easier peeling oddly shaped vegetables like this?


Danielle October 23, 2015 at 8:49 am

I found this recipe at just the right time! I bought a butternut squash the other day and I’ve been wondering what to do with it. I might try out this recipe tonight :)


Lea J October 23, 2015 at 9:42 am

Hi Angela!
I’ve been following ohsheglows for quite some time (since I did research in veganism in 2012) and have always admired you, and been inspired by you (and love your recipes to pieces; my fave is your vegan mac n cheeze and your peppermint chocolate bar thingies. emagawd delicious). I tried doing the blog thing for myself and it didn’t quite work out, I wasn’t confident enough and it wasn’t the right time in my life, however, my boyfriend is an amazing cook and has an interesting life story. I was wondering if you would be willing to feature his website, as he hasn’t been able to kick start a following group, even though he started off really well. If you have time and don’t mind, you can email me for more information? We’re a young couple from Montreal, and we <3 you
thanks in advanced for your time! xo
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Kristen October 23, 2015 at 4:34 pm
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It was delicious. Thanks!


Kelley October 23, 2015 at 6:05 pm

I’m coming around to winter squash after thinking I didn’t care for it (I know) and caramelization sells this for me.


Katrina October 23, 2015 at 6:47 pm
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I just made this for dinner tonight, and it was so amazing, delicious, and easy! Thank you :)


Jessica @ TwoGreenPeas October 23, 2015 at 10:42 pm

Made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing!! I love how simple it was, never would have thought of pairing avocado and squash together.


Gali October 24, 2015 at 4:48 am

I am new to your blog and only read a few posts, but you have already inspired me so much.
Can’t wait to read more of them.
Thank you for your inspiring words!


alysha October 24, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Hi Angela! I just read this recipe and it looks wonderful! I have everything I need to make it, but I was wondering if you wanted to store the left overs would the chopped up avocado go brown at all?


Daayur October 24, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Am just a new visitor to your site and i found it interesting such that i have to bookmark it for my wife to learn few things here.


Janice Wilsher October 25, 2015 at 7:45 am

Hi Angela,
I am excited to try this recipe. I LOVE squash and avocado and quinoa but have yet to try them all together! I have a question, can this salad be eaten cold the next day if there is any left? Would I just add fresh avocado to it and enjoy it cold? Has anyone tried this? Thanks. P.S. I really enjoy reading your blogs!


Robyn October 25, 2015 at 11:23 am

Can you tell me how you peel your butternut squash?


Amberley October 25, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Made this last night for my non diet restricted family and we all LOVED it! My parents have never been squash people, but they have been converted after tasting this :) turns out roasting was the trick!

A few notes:
-I highly recommend adding a protein like beans as this was filling, but I know I needed the extra energy later (okay, I was playing quidditch until 1am, but still ;) ).
-Make sure you’re buying butternut squash! I accidentally bought spaghetti squash (then realized my mistake by the next store and also got butternut squash)… So that’s baking in my oven right now haha… We will see how that goes!

Love your recipes Angela, they’re how I’m surviving college! Thank you for what you do,


Susannah (Lemon and Coconut) October 26, 2015 at 4:48 am
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Lovely recipe, and so nice to see a salad too, I feel full up of soup! Squash and quinoa are such a good combo :)


Robyn B | Modern Day Missus October 26, 2015 at 6:02 am

Still to this day, I am so surprised that you’ve never had a team of people following you, and how you have managed with your little lady too has been amazing.
In the words of Dr Suess….

“Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.”


Kathy October 26, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Angela, I’m so heartened by your honesty throughout, and this post is no exception. This community you’ve created through your journey continues to grow more abundant: Ashley’s photography is stunning, and adding a life coach can only free you to make the decisions held closest. Go for it! And thank you for a *great* weeknight recipe that is easy to prepare. Our Costco sells pre-chopped Butternut squash! (This from another type-A who hated asking for help).

Looking forward to the newest cookbook! Yay Fall 2016!


Emily October 27, 2015 at 4:07 am
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Yum! This salad is super delicious.. beautiful food photography too :) x


Jeanmarie October 27, 2015 at 3:14 pm
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I made this for dinner last night and included chick peas, added garlic to the quinoa, and topped with parsley, curly kale and nutritional yeast. It was delicious, plated beautifully in my casserole dish, and also made for great left overs. My meat-eating husband wasn’t missing the meat at all!


Libby October 27, 2015 at 6:09 pm

This looks completely glorious!! I want to eat this right away. :)


Molly October 27, 2015 at 11:24 pm

This post is up at the perfect time for me and something that I can totally relate to. It’s hard being able to juggle everything, especially with kids!



Libby Wilcher October 28, 2015 at 10:03 am
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So glad you are posting recipes to the blog again — I can’t wait for your new cookbook :)

I made this last night and it was pure comfort in a bowl. Not to mention how simple it was for a weeknight dinner! We loved it and will be having it as long as we can find avocados this winter!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2015 at 2:12 pm

So glad you enjoyed it :)


Kari Egan October 28, 2015 at 10:49 am
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Just bought your oh she glows cook book and cannot believe how tasty and fun all the dishes are! So far we have lived everything we have tried! Great job!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2015 at 2:12 pm

thank you!!


Megan October 30, 2015 at 10:26 pm

Oh wow, I needed to hear these words today. I was literally JUST thinking tonight (as I looked at my to-do list that has fallen aside for the umpteenth time this week – babies will do that to them) that perhaps I myself am getting in my own way. I have so many things and ideas on my plate and maybe instead of talking and wishing so much, I could actually be doing more than I think. Procrastination has a manifesting itself in places where you don’t expect. I started blogging about a year ago as well and am loving the journey but I so enjoy reading your insights and experiences – you are such an inspiration. Thank you for your delicious recipes and fun blog posts:)


Carol M October 31, 2015 at 9:05 am

I love this recipe! I make something similar with roasted sweet potatoes, quinoa and wild rice. I know this will be equally delicious! Try a fresh oregano and mint combo for the fresh herbs. I also add 1 tbls dried Persian lime powder (love this powder!). I love your blog! I am not vegan but I eat a limited meat diet and love experimenting with vegan. Cheese and eggs are the two things I don’t see myself giving up. I am also gluten free due to celiac. I am making your pumpkin muffins today with brown rice flour. I’ll let you know how that works out. Thanks for your blog!


Tara November 2, 2015 at 10:06 am
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OMG this recipe doesn’t look like much but it is sooooooooooo good. I have literally eaten it for 7 meals in the last 2 weeks!! I keep all the components separate on my plate and squeeze lime over the avocado and the quinoa(I use tri colour). The flavours go so well together and it is such a delicious healthy meal. Great job on this one Angela!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 2, 2015 at 1:27 pm

haha so glad you love it!


Courtney P November 4, 2015 at 3:17 pm

This was a great option for lunch! I’ve been eyeing it since you posted last month and mmm mmm it did not disappoint. I tossed my butternut squash in chipotle chili powder and cumin before roasting, and swapped the lemon/lime juice with red wine vinegar (since its what I had)– excellent! I’d love to add black beans next time, and will definitely swap pearled couscous sometime, as that would be wonderful, too. What a versatile dish. So filling and satisfying. Thank you!


Juliana C November 6, 2015 at 10:34 am
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The warm buttery squash and the cool salty avocado are the perfect contrast for a dish that tastes simply incredible and ideal for fall. Cooking with butternut squash always seemed like a chore in the past because I never knew where to begin, but the pictures on the here showed me exactly how to do it. I love this entire blog and my cookbook so much! Thank you Angela!


Sara @SaraLou Yoga November 8, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Yes, we limit our own selves far more than anyone else.

Love butternut squash for this time of year! xo


Krista November 15, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Wow! I just started working with a business coach too, so this post caught my eye. I was so relieved to hear how common it is as an entrepreneur to have similar struggles as other self-employed people. I think its really great to seek help from someone who guides people in business professionally. Way to go!


Keele November 16, 2015 at 3:43 pm
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I love all the ingredients in this recipe but the textures didn’t complement each other because, aside from the quinoa, they were the same. Lots of mushy squares! Tasty mushy squares but I’m texture sensitive :D

Thanks for everything you do Angela – I frequent your page daily and make a lot of your recipes!


Erin November 18, 2015 at 9:23 pm
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Welp. I’m now a butternut squash believer. I honestly was slightly scared to try this recipe due to my lack of expertise with butternut squash, but I’m sure glad I gave it a try! It is absolutely wonderful!! I added some fresh garlic into the quinoa as well as some black beans. SO delicious!! Thank you so much for sharing!!


Heidi November 19, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Thank you, thank you! For all you’ve done for me and my family! We love your blog and love your cookbook. You have made our transition to a plant based diet incredibly delicious! You are very talented- thank you for sharing that talent with the world! This salad is to die for, by the way!!!


Sara November 20, 2015 at 1:15 pm

Love this! Ive been looking for a new way to use butternut squash and I love quinoa. This will be a great fall salad when its just too cold for the usual summer salads. Going to try this for lunch! I will be back with a great rating im sure :)
Sara www.wholistickitchen.com


Libby December 15, 2015 at 7:44 am
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This recipe was decidedly underwhelming. Every item in the dish has basically the same texture (soft/mushy). I added the black beans as Angela suggested and those were pretty much the same texture, too. It needed some crunch, and I added some pumpkin seeds to the leftovers when I ate them. I also found the tastes of the items too similar. The squash is sweet, the quinoa is relatively bland, and avocados are relatively bland. It needed something else to keep the palate from getting bored.


Jen December 18, 2015 at 7:26 pm

looks good- anyone know if this would work with roasted sweet potato instead of squash? looking for a recipe to bring for Christmas dinner and this looks great, but haven’t cooked with squash before…


Shannon January 25, 2016 at 8:12 pm

I avoid recipes that call for peeling a squash — it’s such hard work! Any tips on how to do it less painfully?


Dr. Leach January 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm
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I made this last night and it was out of this world! Thank you!!!


Preeti Mathur January 30, 2016 at 3:26 am

Nice recipe and its healthy too. Thank you for sharing.


Lanae February 3, 2016 at 9:41 pm
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Simple and delicious. I made this for dinner tonight. I seasoned the baked squash with pepper, garlic powder, and a bit of salt. I also added some chopped kale and fresh parsley and cilantro on top. And lastly a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Oh and green onion. I already had some chopped up so why not use it up! It was good. Thanks for the recipe!


Amy February 7, 2016 at 6:24 pm
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SOOOO Good! I made this for our Christmas Eve Dinner and it was a hit! Don’t go stingy on the fresh lemons and sea salt! Also, the the browner you bake the butternut squash, the better! I practically burned my butternut squash and was nervous it would be terrible, but it actually made it incredible and sweet!


Andrea January 23, 2018 at 8:27 pm
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I love this recipe! It is so delicious!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 24, 2018 at 11:44 am

Thanks Andrea! Glad to hear it :)


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