20+ Vegan Acorn Squash Recipes (Easy & Healthy!) | The Green Loot

20+ Vegan Acorn Squash Recipes (Easy & Healthy!)

These cozy vegan acorn squash recipes deserve a place in your fall/holiday food plans! They are not only super nutritious, but also bursting with festive flavors!


Vegan Acorn Squash Recipes

For more vegan recipes for fall/winter, check out our vegan Thanksgiving recipes and vegan Christmas recipes roundups. And if you are craving a meal with lots of veggies, see our butternut squash, spaghetti squash, sweet potato, and pumpkin and apple recipes roundups.

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1. Vegan Acorn Squash Soup with Chickpeas

vegan acorn squash recipes
Photo: Sam Does Her Best

Acorn squash is a fruit that tantalizes the taste buds because it is both savory and sweet. Creamy acorn squash and coconut milk soup does a happy dance in your mouth and kids naturally love it. Top with roasted chickpeas for a little crunch factor.


2. Vegan Acorn Squash Curry with Lentils

Vegan Acorn Squash Curry with Lentils
Photo: This Savory Vegan

Lentils and winter squash is a match made in heaven. Add curry spices and you have an incredibly tasty and comforting cold-weather meal. This curry is made with red lentils that simply melt when cooked. They are topped with meaty roasted acorn squash half-moons and chickpeas for a textural bonanza.


3. Acorn Squash Chili (Instant Pot or Stove Top)

Vegan Acorn Squash Recipes
Photo: Moon and Spoon and Yum

One of the first dishes many newbie vegans make is chili. It is a good transition dish with protein-rich beans, meaty and fiber-forward squash chunks, and lots of spices. I love that this chili is free of soy because I have had many chilis made with tempeh, tofu, or TVP. Acorn squash is a refreshing and allergen-free alternative.


4. Stuffed Vegan Acorn Squash with Quinoa & Cranberries

Stuffed Vegan Acorn Squash with Quinoa & Cranberries
Photo: Foolproof Living

One of the best holiday dinner main dishes is stuffed acorn squash. You simply have to try roasted acorn squash halves stuffed with quinoa, chopped pecans, and dried cranberries. You won’t miss the turkey or ham on the table.


5. Stuffed Acorn Squash with Mushrooms & Wild Rice

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Mushrooms & Wild Rice
Photo: The Almond Eater

There is something magical about the chewiness of wild rice with the backdrop of soft acorn squash. Fill squash halves with a hearty stuffing of rice, mushrooms, walnuts, and chickpeas for a nutrient-dense and delightfully meaty main course.


6. Roasted Acorn Squash Salad

Vegan Acorn Squash Recipes
Photo: Crowded Kitchen

Kale and roasted squash salad is stunning to look at and has a magnificent contrast in textures. I love this pairing, especially when topped with pepita brittle and pomegranate seeds that pop when you bite into them.


7. Creamy Orzo with Acorn Squash

Creamy Orzo with Acorn Squash
Photo: This Savory Vegan

Do you like risotto but don’t care much for spending 30 minutes babysitting the pot while it cooks? Creamy orzo is the best substitute when you want that same starchy base for veggies and herbs. Roasted squash slices have toasted edges and tender flesh.


8. Vegan Acorn Squash and White Bean Stew

Vegan Acorn Squash and White Bean Stew
Photo: Earthly Provisions

Ready for a quick trip to Tuscany? Tuscan white bean soup with kale is a staple in my home, especially in autumn. This version is loaded with aromatics and colorful vegetables, including acorn squash. The squash brings a little sweetness to an otherwise savory soup.


9. Acorn Squash Mac and Cheese

Acorn Squash Mac and Cheese
Photo: Eat or Drink

Vegan mac and cheese is beyond comforting. Who needs dairy when you can make a silky and thick sauce from cashews and roasted acorn squash that clings to tube-shaped pasta?


10. Sweet Acorn Squash Breakfast Bowls

Vegan Acorn Squash Recipes
Photo: Healthy Little Vittles

Acorn squash for breakfast? Why not? It is sweet and the roasted halves make excellent bowls to serve pudding, granola, and fruit in. This might be the healthiest breakfast you will ever have. Drizzle pure maple syrup over the top for extra goodness.


11. Adobo Acorn Squash

Adobo Acorn Squash
Photo: Naturally Ella

Acorn squash begs to be seasoned boldly. By itself, it is mild in flavor but still wonderful. Adobo spices in tangy yogurt coat the squash and intensely seasons it while it roasts. Herbaceous chimichurri is spooned over the squash. The entire dish is topped with toasted quinoa. Need I say more?


12. Israeli Couscous Stuffed Acorn Squash

Israeli Couscous Stuffed Acorn Squash
Photo: Cook with Manali

Couscous is the preferred pasta in most of the Middle East. These little round pearls are both sturdy and satiny. They are a substantial stand-in for meat. You can fill the bowl of acorn squash with couscous, fresh and dried fruit, nuts, and herbs for a hearty holiday main course. Spoon a savory tahini sauce over the filling to complete the dish.


13. Vegan Squash and Lentil Salad

Vegan Squash and Lentil Salad
Photo: Naturally Ella

You can give me bitter greens any day of the week. While actually red, radicchio is a crisp and astringent green that is awesome with tender acorn squash and slightly chewy green lentils. Bitter greens support the liver, so don’t be shy about eating lots.


14. Mexican Stuffed Acorn Squash

Mexican Stuffed Acorn Squash
Photo: Fit Mitten Kitchen

All roads lead to Mexico with this Latin-inspired stuffed acorn squash. Roasted acorn squash halves are filled with quinoa, black beans, corn kernels, and bell peppers. Everything is drizzled with a bright and dairy-free avocado, cilantro, and lime crema.


15. Moroccan Roasted Vegan Acorn Squash Soup

Vegan Acorn Squash Recipes
Photo: Food Faith Fitness

North African spices infuse a smooth bowl of roasted acorn squash soup that is slightly sweet with the addition of dates. Toasted pepitas and fresh cilantro are the perfect garnishes. This is a soup that you can tone down the spices and serve to your toddlers because it is easy to digest.


16. Roasted Acorn Squash with Microgreens

Roasted Acorn Squash with Microgreens
Photo: Chef de Home

Are you on the microgreen train yet? These spicy baby greens are about the best edible garnish for just about any dish. This squash salad with sesame garlic dressing gives as much of a spotlight to the greens as the squash. Red quinoa is a nice colorful touch of protein.


17. Vegan Acorn Squash Veggie Burgers

Vegan Acorn Squash Veggie Burgers
Photo: My Whole Food Life

What can you do with leftover cooked acorn squash? Baked meat-free burgers are just the thing. What makes these veggie burgers unique is the rolled oats and pistachios in the patties to give the burgers some structure and nutty essence.


18. Panera Copycat Squash Soup

Panera Copycat Squash Soup
Photo: Healing Tomato

It is possible to make a super creamy soup without actually using any cream. Coconut milk serves as the cream component. It is rich and unctuous. Swap out the grass-fed butter for vegan butter. The soup is a bright orange, which comes from the addition of roasted carrots.


19. Maple Roasted Acorn Squash with Cornbread

Maple Roasted Acorn Squash with Cornbread
Photo: Nikki Vegan

Acorn squash screams of fall. And it goes without saying that maple syrup, cranberries, and cornbread evoke cravings for a comforting holiday dish of savory and sweet stuffed roasted acorn squash. I think this would be a great starter course for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.


20. Smoky Acorn Squash Hummus

Smoky Acorn Squash Hummus
Photo: Stacey Homemaker

Wow, squash hummus is a first for me. What a great idea! It is a clever dip for fresh vegetables. It can also be spread on toast and topped with sautéed mushrooms for a healthy breakfast option.


21. Oven Roasted Acorn Squash with Cumin

Oven Roasted Acorn Squash with Cumin
Photo: Grateful Grazer

Cumin doesn’t get enough credit for being a fantastic spice for more than just Mexican chili dishes. In fact, it is a major ingredient in North African and Middle Eastern cuisines. And that is where this side dish gives a nod to with cumin-roasted acorn squash topped with pistachios and pomegranate seeds.


22. Acorn Squash and Tomato Soup

Acorn Squash and Tomato Soup
Photo: The Plant Collective

I never say no to tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch on a lazy and chilly afternoon. Acorn squash updates basic tomato soup by giving it some lusciousness. Coconut milk is used in place of dairy-based milk or cream for added silkiness.


23. Curried Acorn Squash Soup

Curried Acorn Squash Soup
Photo: One Clever Chef

If you follow a paleo vegan diet, you will want to add this curried squash cream soup to your recipe collection. Despite what many think, it is possible to be paleo and vegan. This spicy and sweet soup is grain, dairy, nut, and sugar-free.



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vegan acorn squash recipes

20+ Vegan Acorn Squash Recipes (Easy & Healthy!)

These cozy vegan acorn squash recipes deserve a place in your fall/holiday food plans! They are not only super nutritious, but also bursting with festive flavors!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Mira M.


  • acorn squash
  • olive oil
  • garlic cloves
  • quinoa


  • Choose your favorite meal from the list.
  • Click on the name to get to the recipe.
  • Get to cooking!



Calories: 300kcal
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Vegan Acorn Squash Recipes FAQ

Do you have to peel acorn squash?

No, you don’t have to peel acorn squash before preparing, but it’s not advisable to eat the peel. You can roast squash halves or slices until tender, then scoop out the flesh and discard the peel. If you’d like to cube the squash, it’s best to peel it before chopping.

How do you soften acorn squash before cutting?

To soften an acorn squash prior to cutting and cooking, you can pierce the squash with a fork and microwave for 2-3 minutes. This makes it easier and safer to cut so your knife doesn’t slip as you’re slicing it. You can then proceed with roasting or grilling the squash.

What’s the difference between acorn squash and white acorn squash?

The more common variety of acorn squash has a dark green exterior and orange flesh inside, while white acorn squash has a white peel and a white to pale yellow interior. There is little difference in flavor between the two, so they can be used interchangeably.

How do you tell if an acorn squash is ripe?

You can tell if an acorn squash is ripe when it feels dense and heavy for its size, has a dark green peel with vibrant orange patches, and has a hard, matte peel. An underripe acorn squash will be extra shiny, have a paler color peel, and feel soft in some areas.

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