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Quinoa Salmon Bowl w/ Apple, Butternut Squash + Greens {GF, DF}

This nutrient-packed bowl makes the perfect lunch or light dinner! Savory + filling from the salmon + quinoa cooked in bone broth + a little sweet from the apple + butternut squash. Kale, swiss chard, chia seeds + hemp seeds, fresh crispy sage + a light dressing of EVOO + apple cider vinegar, make this bowl super healthy!
Recipe for one bowl or how ever many bowls you want to make..adjust ingredients accordingly.
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: dairy-free, gluten-free
Keyword: apple, butternut squash, chia seeds, crispy sage, hemp seeds, Kale, nutrient-dense, quinoa, salmon, swiss chard
Author: Alicia Raymond

Ingredients

  • roasted butternut squash
  • seared salmon
  • sea salt
  • sprouted/soaked quinoi (1/2 cup uncooked per bowl)
  • bone broth (1 cup per bowl to cook quinoa). Beef or chicken will both work.
  • virgin coconut oil for searing sage, apple + greens (adjust according to how many ingredients)
  • fresh sage leaves
  • 1 small apple per bowl, un-peeled, cored + cubed
  • kale + swiss chard, or other greens of your choice, cut into bite-size pieces (stems included) Adjust according to how many servings.
  • 1/2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar per bowl
  • 2 tbsp EVOO per bowl + more for salmon + butternut squash.
  • chia seeds + hemp hearts/seeds for topping
  • beet greens for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Roasted Butternut Squash

  • Recipe adjustable. Cook as little or as much as you would like.
  • Preheat oven to 425 to 450 degrees.
  • Peel + scoop out insides of squash, removing the seeds.
  • Cut the butternut squash into cubes.
  • Place on a sheet pan with parchament paper
  • Drizzle butternut with EVOO + sprinkle w/ sea salt.
  • Roast in oven until browned + fork tender, checking + flipping over at least once during cooking to not burn. Set aside to cool.

Seared Salmon

  • Recipe adjustable. Cook as little or as much as you would like.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Heat a dry oven-proof saute pan over high heat for 4 minutes.
  • Rub both sides of the salmon fillets with olive oil and season the tops with sea salt.
  • When the pan is very hot, place the salmon fillets seasoning-side down in the pan and cook over medium heat-high to high heat without moving them for 2 minutes, until very browned. Turn the fillets and place the pan in the oven for 5 to 7 or more (depending on size of fish) minutes, until the salmon is cooked. Salmon will continue to cook out of oven w/ foil.
  • Remove from the oven + place foil over salmon to rest.

Quinoa Salmon Bowl w/ Apple, Butternut Squash + Greens

  • Place bone broth (adjust amounts according to how many servings) in a saucepan with quinoa (adjusting amounts for servings) and bring to a boil.
  • Turn heat down to simmer and simmer for about 15 minutes until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is done.
  • Remove from heat and set aside with lid on for about 5 minutes and then remove lid.
  • Heat a cast-iron, or another pan of choice, with coconut oil to medium-high heat. Place sage leaves in pan + fry until turn golden brown on edges. Then flip and turn to the other side with tongs until light brown (they burn easily so be careful + you want them brown enough to get crispy...not to remove from pan too early, not too late). Set on paper towel to dry and get crispy.
  • Sear apple over medium to medium-high heat for about 3 minutes until getting soft but still have a bite. Remove from pan + set aside on plate.
  • Place kale and chard in the same pan and cook for about 3 minutes (may need to turn the heat down) until wilted, but still has some freshness. Remove from pan and set aside plate with apple.
  • Make the dressing by mixing EVOO with apple cider vinegar. Adjust ratios according to servings + preference.
  • To assemble bowl place cooked quinoa in the bottom. Pour a little of the dressing + sea salt, if desired, over the quinoa and mix/fluff with a fork. Next, in sections on to top of quinoa, add flaked cooked salmon, cooked apples, cooked kale + chard, + cooked butternut squash. Top with more dressing, crispy sage leaves, a sprinkling of hemp hearts + chia seeds, + fresh beet greens, if desired.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Sources-
Salmon searing instructions from https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/salmon-with-lentils-recipe-1917449. 
Where to purchase ingredients (affliliate links)-
Sprouted Quinoa
Chia Seeds
Apple Cider Vinegar
Hemp Hearts
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