Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash

Sweet and savory vegan stuffed acorn squash is a classic Fall side dish that deserves to be the star of the show. Wild rice is combined with yummy Autumn goodies, then loaded into tender roasted squash halves. Everything is drizzled with a maple tahini sauce that is mind-blowingly amazing and perfect to enjoy alongside your favorite Thanksgiving foods!

close view of vegan stuffed acorn squash half with wild rice and tahini dressing

Are they a side dish? Are they a main dish? That’s for you to decide!

Vegan stuffed acorn squash are delicious, hearty, and absolutely Fall-bulous in every way. The squash is slightly sweet and earthy, and balances perfectly with the earthy and savory taste of the wild rice. Add in dried cranberries, crunchy pepitas and walnuts, and some razzle-dazzle (aka maple syrup) for a combination that’ll have you craving this recipe all year long.

Oh, but we don’t just stop there. To top it all off, each loaded squash half is drizzled with a luscious maple tahini sauce. (Just try to stop yourself from taking sips right out of the mixing bowl.)

I’m not exaggerating when I say that these beauties have all the flavors of Thanksgiving you love, cuddled together and stuffed into each edible squash bowl!

overhead top view scoop squashes, dry wild rice, cranberries, pepitas, nuts, and spices

Ingredients

There are four simple key components to this stuffed acorn squash recipe.

For the Wild Rice:

  • Wild rice
  • Water
  • Salt

For the Acorn Squash:

  • Acorn squash
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

To Make the Filling:

  • Olive oil
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Herbs De Provence
  • Cracked pepper
  • Salt
  • Maple syrup
  • Cranberries
  • Pepitas
  • Walnuts
  • Fresh parsley

For the Maple Tahini Sauce:

  • Olive oil
  • Tahini
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Maple syrup
  • Water
  • Salt and pepper
top view skillet with cooking wild rice, celery, onion, and spices being stirred with a wooden spoon

How to Make Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash

First, make the wild rice as the base of the stuffing. Combine the rice, water, and salt in a pot, and bring to a low boil. Cover with a tight lid and simmer for 45 minutes while you make the remaining parts of the dish. When the rice is done, fluff with a fork and keep aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and stringy parts. Place them on a baking sheet, cut side up. Brush the insides with oil and sprinkle on a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Flip them so the cut sides are now face down, and bake for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, saute the chopped onions and celery with olive oil in a large skillet. After about 10 minutes the onions will be soft. Then mix in the Herbs de Provence, salt, and black pepper.

Remove the skillet from the heat. Add the cooked rice, dried cranberries, pepitas, walnuts, chopped parsley, and maple syrup. Mix, taste, and adjust seasonings as needed.

top view of 4 halves of roasted acorn squash stuffed with rice and vegan ingredients on a baking sheet

When the squash is done baking, carefully use tongs to flip them back over on the baking sheet. Fill each cavity with a heaping helping of the stuffing mixture.

Place back in the oven, and bake the vegan stuffed acorn squash for another 15 minutes.

Note: If you have extra stuffing, that’s totally ok! It’s super yummy to eat by itself. Or you can keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

finished squash half on a speckled plate with gold fork on the side

Make the Maple Tahini Sauce and Serve

Whisk together the maple tahini ingredients in a small bowl, or mix in a mason jar with a lid.

Done!

Drizzle the homemade tahini and maple sauce over each of the stuffed squash halves, and serve warm. You also can add a sprinkle of chopped parsley for an extra ooo of fresh flavor.

Recipe Variations

  • If you aren’t a fan or or don’t have wild rice available, you can use brown rice instead. Cook per package instructions.
  • Instead of pepitas you can use pine nuts in a pinch. But avoid the temptation to use plain ‘ol pumpkin seeds – the texture and taste are waaay different from pepitas, and don’t work so well in this vegan stuffed acorn squash recipe.
  • Sub walnuts with chopped almonds or cashews, or you can skip nuts altogether.
  • Replace the dried cranberries with purple or golden raisins for a less Thanksgiving-y flavor.
top up close view roasted acorn squash stuffed with rice, pepitas, cranberries and walnuts mixture, drizzle with tahini maple sauce

What to Serve with Stuffed Squash

Each loaded squash half is hearty enough to be a main dish on it’s own. Can’t get enough squash? Pair stuffed acorn squash with a kale apple salad with roasted butternut squash.

Or add it to the Thanksgiving table with all your favorite Fall sides! These are total BFF with vegan sweet potato casserole, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and gravy, and GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

Storage and Reheating Tips

First of all, I recommend that you do not add the maple tahini sauce until you are serving each portion. If you do have leftovers keep the sauce in its own jar in the refrigerator for up to a week.

When the squash halves are completely cool transfer them to an airtight container. Keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Microwaving the leftover stuffed squash is a good option in a pinch, but if you can reheat them you should. Bake in a 350 degree F preheated oven for about 15 minutes until warm.

close view of gold forkful of vegan stuffed acorn squash

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close view of vegan stuffed acorn squash half with wild rice and tahini dressing

Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash

Vegan stuffed acorn squash made with a combo of fluffy wild rice, pepitas, cranberries and walnuts, all loaded into roasted squash halves and drizzled with a sweet maple tahini sauce. These are a perfect Fall-tastic Thanksgiving side or main dish!
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Course: Dinner, Side, Side Dish, Sides
Cuisine: American, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: fall side dish, side dish thanksgiving, stuffed squash, Thanksgiving side dishes, vegan Thanksgiving
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 359kcal
Author: Amanda

Ingredients

Rice:

  • 1 cup wild rice rinsed well
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Acorn Squash:

  • 2 medium acorn squash
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Filling:

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 cup celery diced (about 2 stalks)
  • 1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 cup walnuts loosley chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped

Maple Tahini Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons tahini
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Combine rice, water, and salt in a pot. Bring to a boil, cover, then simmer for 45 minutes stirring occasionally until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Carefully cut acorn squashes in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out seeds and stringy bits. Place on a rimmed baking sheet facing up.
  • Brush insides of acorn squash with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Flip squashes over so the insides are facing down. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and celery. Sautee until softened (about 10 minutes). Add Herbs de Provence, salt, and a few cracks of black pepper. Mix well and remove from heat.
  • Add cooked rice, dried cranberries, pepitas, walnuts, parsley, and maple syrup. Stir well. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  • Once acorn squashes are done baking, remove them from the oven and carefully flip over using tongs. Stuff acorn squashes. You may have some leftover filling – that's okay! It tastes great on its own too. Place squashes back in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  • While the squashes are baking, make the sauce. Add all the ingredients for the sauce to a small mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Add more water to thin the sauce if needed. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  • Serve squashes warm drizzled with sauce and garnished with fresh parsley.

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Notes

Do not add the maple tahini sauce until you are serving each portion. If you do have leftovers keep the sauce in its own jar in the refrigerator for up to a week.
When the squash halves are completely cool transfer them to an airtight container. Keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 58.4g | Protein: 9.8g | Fat: 12.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 1045mg | Fiber: 6.9g | Sugar: 4.9g | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 3mg

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