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Is butternut squash healthy?

Butternut squash is a type of winter squash and very rich in several key nutrients such as potassium and fiber. Thanks to the nutrients it has, it is beneficial especially to the digestive system and blood pressure.

Are parsnips and carrots related?

Yes, parsnips and carrots come from the same plant family. They have similar nutritional value. They also taste similar when they are raw but cooked parsnips taste sweeter than carrots.

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warm winter vegetable salad air fryer recipe

Emine Aslan January 24, 2024
Warm Winter Vegetable Salad Air Fryer Recipe

Summary: Here is a warm winter salad made with seasonal vegetables. So easy to make, and so healthy with its nutrient and fiber content as well!

Tags: Air fryer vegetables

Cook Time:15 minutes
Prep Time:15 minutes
Author:Emine Aslan
Calories: 249

Winter is approaching and the grocery shelves on the markets offer us more and more fall and winter vegetables. The warm winter vegetables salad below will warm you up in a winter dinner, either as a low-carb vegetarian main dish, or as a healthy side to a meat dish.

The warm winter vegetable salad is very rich in nutrients and fiber content. It has butternut squash, parsnip, carrot, red onion, garlic, and spinach in it, and it is enriched with quinoa, almond, pumpkin seeds, and olive oil. These various ingredients provide almost all vitamins and minerals needed to be taken in a meal. If you consume winter vegetable salad as a side to a meat dish, you will also have the necessary protein and fat content, and thus need nothing else.

Let’s move onto the recipe now and learn how to make a low-carb winter vegetable dish for tonight!


  • 1 (2 pounds) butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 3 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 medium red onion, peeled and cut into chunks

  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • 3 cups baby spinach

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa

  • ¼ cup chopped almonds

  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds

  • Dressing:
  • 1 cup plain yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill


  1. Preheat the air fryer by selecting the “Vegetables” function and setting the timer to 3 minutes. Once you press the “Start/Pause” button, it will start warming up.

  2. Add butternut squash, parsnips, carrots, onion, garlic, olive oil, salt, and black pepper into a bowl and mix them.

  3. Open the air fryer, put the vegetables into the basket, and close the air fryer. If your air fryer has a rotating basket, it would be better to use it instead of a regular air fryer basket.

  4. Adjust the timer to 15 minutes, and press the “Start/Pause” button to begin roasting.

  5. Cook the vegetables until they are golden brown and tender. If you are using a regular air fryer basket, shake the basket every 5 minutes.

  6. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing by mixing yogurt, lemon juice, and dill in a bowl.

  7. Put the dressing in the refrigerator.

  8. Once the vegetables are cooked, open the air fryer and transfer them into a large bowl.

  9. Add spinach, quinoa, almonds, and pumpkin seeds into the bowl and mix them very well with the cooked vegetables.

  10. Transfer the salad into a serving bowl if you would like.

  11. Drizzle the dressing over the salad.

  12. Enjoy it!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
% Daily Value
Calories per serving
42.7 grams
6.1 grams
9 grams
2 milligrams
55 milligrams
7.5 grams

    You can use either store-bought or homemade yogurt to prepare the dressing for this recipe. Of course you can use homemade yogurt only if it is ready before you start making this salad. Here is our related blog if you would like to learn how to make homemade yogurt in a bread maker or in an oven.


    As its name suggests, warm winter vegetable salad is served warm but you can also serve it cold if you prefer so by putting it in the fridge for one hour after cooking.

    Warm winter vegetable salad goes perfectly well with any meat dish whether it is fish, chicken, or beef. If you would like to have a vegetarian menu, you can also serve warm winter vegetable salad as a main dish thanks to its saturating content.