Roasted Harvest Vegetables with Quinoa

Roasted Harvest Vegetables with Quinoa

The harvest produce in the Indiana markets has us in the mood for autumn cooking, even if the weather hasn’t quite caught up yet (though it’s starting to)!  One of our favorite ways to prepare vegetables in the fall and winter months is roasting, which brings out a unique and delicious flavor from vegetables – sometimes surprisingly different from their taste raw or sauteed!

Related: 10 Easy Quinoa Recipes

If you’re looking for a lovely, comforting aroma to fill your house, look no further than roasted vegetables!  We were salivating while this dish was in the oven. While I must admit it takes a bit of time to chop all the vegetables (and generates quite a pile of peelings for your compost!), it’s all worth the effort when you smell the roasting in action – as well as when you taste it!

The basic idea for the recipe is to oven-roast vegetables with some seasonings, and then combine them with a grain. (We also added chickpeas to make it a more complete meal.) Our recipe uses a combination of butternut squash, fingerling potatoes, red onions, and cauliflower (which didn’t happen to be at the market, but seemed tasty!), as well as fresh rosemary from our garden. However, the idea has great potential for creativity, so use whatever vegetables are seasonal or your favorites!

You can substitute any grain for the quinoa, like rice, farro, barley, or bulgur (my current personal favorite). We served the dish as a main dish salad, but it would also work well as a side. Give it a try, and enjoy the roasted aroma!

A few other ideas for roasted vegetables:
Roasted Broccoli with Garlic
Roasted Fingerling and New Potatoes with Rosemary
Roasted Root Vegetables
Roasted Cauliflower


Roasted Harvest Vegetables with Quinoa

1 Star (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 4 as a main; 8 as a side


For any leftovers, reheat and add a bit more olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and kosher salt and pepper to taste.


  • 1 pound butternut squash
  • 1 pound fingerling and/or red potatoes
  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 2 medium red onions
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 15 ounce-can chickpeas (1 1/2 cups cooked)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Fresh ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Peel the butternut squash, then scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Chop the squash, cauliflower, and potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Slice the red onions. Smash the garlic cloves; cut larger cloves in half. Chop the rosemary.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the vegetables and rosemary with 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and spread the veggies evenly between the two trays. Place the trays in the oven and roast 45 to 50 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all vegetables are tender. Let cool slightly.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa (or use our Instant Pot quinoa method): Place 2 cups quinoa in a saucepan with 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to very low. Cover the pot, and simmer where the water is just bubbling for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the water has been completely absorbed. (Check by pulling back the quinoa with a fork to see if water remains.) Turn off the heat and let sit covered to steam for about 5 minutes. Cover and leave warm in the pan until serving.
  5. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. In a large bowl, combine the vegetables with the cooked quinoa and chickpeas. Stir in 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Serve warm.



About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


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    September 19, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Love it! So healthy, beautiful, and appetizing. Keep sharing!

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    September 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I tried a version of this (added a few mushrooms and some fennel, left out the chickpeas) and it was soooo delicious! definitely will make again!

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      September 19, 2011 at 7:10 pm

      Wow, you already made this?! I’m impressed at the quick turnaround – and so glad you liked it!

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    Erica Julson
    September 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Yum, this looks delicious! Just my kind of dinner :)

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    September 19, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    This looks perfect! I am going to try it for dinner tomorrow! The picture is gorgeous as well!

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      September 22, 2011 at 9:56 am

      Thanks! Hope you enjoyed it.

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    Madison Chloe Marie
    September 19, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    The photography is beautiful, the bowl, background, styling, and of course, the dish. I really love this dish, I keep under a certain calorie amount a day (aside from special occasion’s and once a month). This is perfect for me, I’m working on running a 5k.

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      September 22, 2011 at 9:55 am

      Thanks! Don’t tell anyone, but we may have bought these dishes as a gift – and then kept them for ourselves :) Let us know if you try the recipe!

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    Liz @ Southern Charm
    September 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Wow! This looks so fall-y and refreshing! I must try this out! Love it.

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      September 22, 2011 at 9:54 am


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    Fran {The Flavorful Fork}
    September 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    My favorite way to eat vegetables is to roast them. It brings out all the sweetness and really requires very little seasoning or preparation. Still trying to find a recipe with quinoa that I like. Perhaps this will be the one!

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      September 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

      Ha! We like pretty much all recipes with quinoa…but you really can’t go wrong with the roasted veggies. Hope you enjoy it!

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    September 21, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing! What a perfect way to use all of fall’s new treats. I’m totally going to have to give this a try!

    Your blog is absolutely darling, by the way. Loving the phenomenal photos!

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      September 22, 2011 at 9:51 am

      Thank you so much!

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    January 26, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Thanks so much for this recipe! We used butternut squash, turnips, romanesco, broccoli and red onion for our CSA and it turned out great. I also added some toasted slivered almonds for some crunch. The aged balsamic vinegar (some really nice stuff we got from my folks) was key.

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