Black Quinoa Pumpkin Salad with Avocado Sour Cream Dressing

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This protein-packed quinoa salad embodies the flavors of autumn, but it's great served any time of the year. This salad is packed with spicy roasted pumpkins, black quinoa and red onions, and finished with a creamy herby avocado dressing. Great warm or cold, as a meatless main or side dish!

Black Quinoa Pumpkin Salad with Avocado Sour Cream Dressing

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Avocado Sour Cream DressingSalad
  • 1 Avocado
  • 150 g Sour cream
  • 1 tbsp Lime juice
  • 3 tbsp Water
  • 1 clove Garlic, crushed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Chopped mixed fresh herbs of choice
  • 350 g Pumpkin, peeled and roughly cut
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp Finely chopped garlic
  • 2 tsp Finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 120 g Black quinoa
  • 350 ml Water
  • 1 Red onion, sliced
  • Parsley or cilantro leaves
  1. Place all ingredients for the dressing in a food processor and blend until smooth. Chill until ready to serve.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. 
Put the pumpkin, chilli flakes, garlic, ginger, olive oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl and toss until well coated.
 Spread evenly in a roasting tray lined with baking paper), then roast for 30 minutes, or until the pumpkin is just cooked through but still firm.
  3. Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve until water runs clear, drain and transfer to a medium saucepan. Add water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until water has absorbed. Set aside to cool and fluff with a fork.
Combine the pumpkin, red onion and black quinoa in a large serving plate. Garnish with parsley and serve with avocado dressing. | © 2014 | | © 2014 |


Veena Theagarajan 24/9/14 07:20

interesting salad. also Love the avocado dressing!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 24/9/14 08:31

A beautiful salad! That combo is great. Will have to try that soon.



Ilke 24/9/14 09:54

Oh the fall and the colors, you packed everything in one bowl :) Looks wonderful Angie! Have a great fall!

My Kitchen Stories 24/9/14 10:47

Hi Angie
I was on here commenting when you left a comment on my sight. I made a salad just like thias this other day and added feta. What a great idea to add avocado and sour cream. Perfect

Elzbieta Hester 24/9/14 11:56

Pumpkin season is on at Angie's. Great way to start it!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 24/9/14 12:40

The black quinoa with the orange pumpkin look so attractive together. Another tasty and healthy salad.

Joanne 24/9/14 14:23

This is my kind of salad! Wish I were having it for lunch!

Nicky Corbishley 24/9/14 14:25

Gorgeous colours! I've yet to try black quinoa yet, but I love the regular quinoa. Thanks for the recipe :-)

Nazneen Hamilton 24/9/14 14:34

I definitely prefer pumpkin in savoury applications. This is absolutely gorgeous! Love the avocado dressing too, yum!

Anonymous 24/9/14 15:39

I could enjoy this every day Angie. Wonderful recipe.
Have a super day.
:-) Mandy xo

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 24/9/14 16:21

My kind of salad! The avocado dressing looks like a perfect topping for this lovely dish, Angie.

Honey Bee Sweets 24/9/14 16:22

Oh gosh that looks absolutely delish! I am so gonna try this sooon! Especially since I have a pack of sprouted quinoa and I am running out of ideas how to cook it. :P Thanks Angie for sharing this. :9

Mijú 24/9/14 16:34

Pero que ricura.
Un saludito

kitchen flavours 24/9/14 17:51

Such a lovely bowl of salad! I love pumpkins!

angela bartolomeo 24/9/14 17:56

Anche io questa settimana mi sono cimentata con la quinoa! grazie per questa proposta con l'avocado che mi piace moltissimo. Sicuramente la rifarò;))

Elisabeth Foodandthrift 24/9/14 18:10

Autumn certainly is here...just by admiring your beautiful, colorful fall salad! So healthy, and totally delicious. I could have this for lunch right now; not wanting to have anything else and I would be so content!

Cheap Ethnic Eatz 24/9/14 19:15

Just gorgeous colors on this very fall salad indeed. You always make me want to buy a pumpkin :-)

CookWith Manali 24/9/14 19:18

Beautiful salad, perfect for fall! I love the pictures :)

Shashi Charles 24/9/14 20:19

With temperatures dropping - I am really loving warm salads - and Angie - this one sounds marvelous - while that dressing sounds divine, I think I could eat the salad sans dressing - so much flavor in it! As always, gorgeous photos!

Pam 24/9/14 20:24

It looks beautiful and delicious!

fimère .b 24/9/14 20:53

des saveurs que j'aime beaucoup
bonne soirée

Tashiana 24/9/14 20:54

This is fall (perfection) inside one bowl! Love it <3

Gwen 24/9/14 22:06

This is all kinds of perfect Angie! I love all of the flavors and the veggies.

Ann Jones 24/9/14 22:46

I love this time of the year here since it's the beginning of pumpkin season :) I am a huge fan of winter squash in general, there are so many great recipes using pumpkin! Your recipe looks great!

Marcela 24/9/14 23:19

awwww... it looks so good! i love the colors! The pumpkin is so tasty! I have one in my house and I'm wondering what to do with it...

ahu @ ahueats 25/9/14 01:13

I love quinoa but never tried using black quinoa! this is great - I'll keep my eye out for it next time, it looks so beautiful!

Chris Scheuer 25/9/14 02:06

This would keep me satisfied all day. Love the color of the pumpkin, it's so vibrant!

Veronica Ng 25/9/14 02:23

I've bookmarked this. I love all the ingredients piled in this deliciously looking and healthy salad. Thanks Angie, yet again for presenting such a lovely salad.

Ashley 25/9/14 02:57

Oooo I love salads with quinoa! And with the pumpkin - it sounds delicious! Love the avocado dressing too!

Sharon D 25/9/14 03:08

This is so gorgeously presented, Angie! ❤ ❤

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 25/9/14 03:28

I'm loving the contrasting colors of the pumpkin and quinoa in this Halloween reminiscent salad Angie ;-). As always, just bursting with goodness and what a great dressing too. By the way, so happy to see that you are on Facebook -- it seems to me I have looked you up there before without success. Glad I finally found you. Now I'm going to pin some of these lovely recipes of yours! xx

Juliana 25/9/14 06:31

Awesome salad the colors, especially with the avocado dressing...
Hope you are having a great week :D

The Yum List 25/9/14 06:37

Another mouthwatering meal. Thanks again for sharing.

Jess Bakericious 25/9/14 08:00

Angie thanks for brighten my day with your colorful salad again :D

Georgia Milton 25/9/14 08:24

Awesome autumn salad. Pumpkin with avocado dressing is so good combination!
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Sokehah Cheah 25/9/14 10:10

This salad looks good and I like all the vibrant colours!

Nammi 25/9/14 13:48

I love the way you use contrasting colours in your salads along with the flavours. :) have a nice week end!!

Nammi 25/9/14 13:54

not sure if my first comment went through (LOL). but as always you have a lovely contrast between the black quinoa and the orange pumpkin.

Cathleen 25/9/14 14:04

This salad is screaming fall! I love it!

Alida 25/9/14 14:23

Great way of using pumpkin. I have never seen black quinoa. You use quinoa a lot. It is so healthy but I am not used to cook it much. Thanks for these tips!

Shibi Thomas 25/9/14 18:08

Avocado sour cream dressing looks creamy and luscious!! I bet it was a perfect dressing for the pumpkin salad.

Liz Berg 25/9/14 20:31

The black quinoa is so beautiful paired with pumpkin! What a delightful and delicious combination :)

Abbe@This is How I Cook 25/9/14 23:24

You are getting me so ready for Halloween! This must be the perfect salad for that AND everything else!

Amy (Savory Moments) 26/9/14 01:12

I love when it's pumpkin recipe time! This salad looks so bright and appetizing.

Kathy 26/9/14 01:22

Wonderful combination, Angie! I have a box of black quinoa in my pantry, and wasn’t quite sure how to use it…Your salad would be perfect! I love the contrast of colors! Very pretty!

Beth 26/9/14 01:31

Avocado dressing is a brilliant idea! What a lovely salad.

Jeannie Tay 26/9/14 02:18

Hi Angie, you have a very lovely bright looking salad there, sounds delicious with all healthy ingredients!

Judit + Corina @ Glamorous Bite 26/9/14 03:55

Absolutely gorgeous creation, Angie! Love the vibrant colors it will lighten up any fall dinner table :)

noobcook 26/9/14 06:19

what a great salad for autumn :)

Nippon Nin 26/9/14 06:52

The color! ...Amazing! Your photos are so fantastic!

Cheri Savory Spoon 26/9/14 07:48

Love this salad Angie, pumpkin with lime, sour cream and avocado really sounds wonderful!

Regular Cleaning Croydon 26/9/14 09:46

Interesting salad with pumpkin! I love avocado in my salad!! I will try this recipe! I have a feeling that I will like this combination. Thank you for sharing.

Gourmet Getaways 26/9/14 11:31

This is one dish with the nicest flavours and colours. Great combo, Angie!

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Priya Suresh 26/9/14 12:42

Wat a beautiful,splendid and very colourful salad, definitely a fabulous dish.

Susan Williams 26/9/14 13:49

Pumpkin salad? Hell, yeah! Sounds interesting! Definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing!
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Barbara 26/9/14 14:18

Black quinoa makes a striking contrast to the pumpkin, Angie. Marvelous avocado dressing too!

Jean | 26/9/14 16:12

Angie, this is a combination I would not have thought of, but it looks gorgeous and sounds perfectly delicious!

Monica 26/9/14 16:21

I'm saying to myself: "must try to roast pumpkin..." Your salad looks delicious!

All That I'm Eating 26/9/14 16:23

I've not tried black quinoa before (would love to) and this sounds fab!

lena 26/9/14 18:20

hi angie, i like this wonderful pumpkin salad of yours. Maybe it is a good opportunity to try out some quinoa too!

Anonymous 26/9/14 20:47

Wow, now thre's even black quinoa exist....
i'm feeling healthier just by reading your recipes Angie....

grace 26/9/14 23:46

i'm definitely intrigued by that dressing! this is a unique salad and i think it looks great.

The Squishy Monster 27/9/14 03:44

I'm so excited to try your salad. I've been looking for a new way to use my fresh stock of quinoa!

Rebecca Subbiah 27/9/14 04:26

looks great and in season sending to my sis in law

lisa h. 27/9/14 05:45

Gorgeous Autumn colours :D
Love quinoa and pumpkin :)

Christine Ho 27/9/14 16:15

Beautiful salad, Angie. I'm intrigued to taste the avocado sour cream dressing. :)

Michael Toa 27/9/14 16:42

Beautiful autumnal salad Angie... but I agree, it's perfect for anytime really. I adore the avocado sour cream dressing. Simply scrumptious.

Kelly 27/9/14 19:56

This is such a gorgeous salad Angie! I love quinoa and love that you added pumpkin - perfect for fall :) The avocado sour cream dressing sounds fantastic too!

Kelly LifemadeSweeter 27/9/14 20:28

Gorgeous salad Angie! I love quino salads and this fall inspired one with pumpkin sounds amazing with the avocado sour cream sauce!

Tricia Buice 28/9/14 00:10

Oh lovely Angie! Love that avocado dressing. Wonderful! I would also think butternut squash would be good too. Have a great week

Guru Uru 28/9/14 03:07

I really like that sour cream dressing, my salad was getting boring :D
Thanks for a new recipe!

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Medeja 28/9/14 11:03

What a delicious and colorful salad!

Daniela Grimburg 28/9/14 15:22

This is autumn in all its splendor on a plate.
Gorgeous dish, Angie!

mjskit 29/9/14 04:30

Black Quinoa? That's a new one on me. It sure makes a gorgeous salad with the roasted pumpkin and avocado cream dressing. Gorgeous Salad Angie!

Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes 29/9/14 12:53

I love the contrast of the gold and black in this salad. It is so pretty, and I really like that you finished it off with a creamy avocado dressing. Yummy.

tigerfish 30/9/14 00:13

I like this hearty autumn salad! I was thinking of making some kind of avocado dressing for roasted veggies that day but ran out of avocados after using them to make guacamole

Anonymous 30/9/14 19:07

I made your divine salad & that avocado sour cream dressing was the max, Angie! So deliciously combined too! Very yum yum, it was! x

Couscous & Consciousness 3/10/14 02:57

This is a beautiful looking salad, Angie. Pumpkin and quinoa are such a great combination, in terms of both flavour and texture, and I'm loving the sound of a creamy avocado dressing with it.

Kiran @ 3/10/14 06:29

A very delicious and autumny salad. Love the colors!

Emma @ Bake Then Eat 4/10/14 20:18

I would happily dive into a bowl of this I love your vegetarian dishes they are always so lovely sounding :D

My Inner Chick 6/10/14 00:04

One word : d e l e c t a b l e



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