Pomegranate Salad

This pomegranate salad is absolutely irresistible! It stars a sweet tart salad dressing and the vibrant crunch of pomegranate seeds. Pomegranate is one of the most special foods on the planet (we think). Each bright pink seed has an irresistible sweet tart pop and crunch! We love downing them by the handful, but our next favorite way to eat them? Pomegranate salad! Crunchy pomegranate seeds make a beautiful confetti over the top of leafy greens. Add tart green apple slices, toasted pecans, and goat cheese or feta crumbles, and it’s a true symphony of flavor! Pick from a few different dressing choices: our favorites are apple cider vinegar dressing or pomegranate vinaigrette. Let’s get started! Pomegranate salad ingredients There are lots of ways to make a pomegranate salad! This is our very favorite combination of flavors: but you’ll see there are endless choices! Below we’ll talk through a few of the different variations you can use. Here’s what you’ll need for this tasty and easy side dish: Pomegranate seeds: we recommend seeding them from a fresh pomegranate. See below! Shallot Granny Smith apple or pear: either are tasty: or you could use both! Pecans or walnuts Mixed greens Goat cheese […]

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This pomegranate salad is absolutely irresistible! It stars a sweet tart salad dressing and the vibrant crunch of pomegranate seeds.

Pomegranate salad

Pomegranate is one of the most special foods on the planet (we think). Each bright pink seed has an irresistible sweet tart pop and crunch! We love downing them by the handful, but our next favorite way to eat them? Pomegranate salad! Crunchy pomegranate seeds make a beautiful confetti over the top of leafy greens. Add tart green apple slices, toasted pecans, and goat cheese or feta crumbles, and it’s a true symphony of flavor! Pick from a few different dressing choices: our favorites are apple cider vinegar dressing or pomegranate vinaigrette. Let’s get started!

Pomegranate salad ingredients

There are lots of ways to make a pomegranate salad! This is our very favorite combination of flavors: but you’ll see there are endless choices! Below we’ll talk through a few of the different variations you can use. Here’s what you’ll need for this tasty and easy side dish:

  • Pomegranate seeds: we recommend seeding them from a fresh pomegranate. See below!
  • Shallot
  • Granny Smith apple or pear: either are tasty: or you could use both!
  • Pecans or walnuts
  • Mixed greens
  • Goat cheese or feta cheese crumbles (optional)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing or Pomegranate Vinaigrette (see below)
Pomegranate salad

Use pomegranate seeds from a fresh pomegranate!

These days, you can find pomegranate seeds already remove from the fruit in your local grocery. But for pomegranate salad, it’s best to buy a fresh pomegranate and cut and seed it yourself. Why? Pomegranate seeds from the fruit are much fresher. If you buy them already seeded, they only have a day or so of shelf life. We’ve even purchased some that went bad before we tried them! So a whole fruit is where it’s at. Here’s what to know:

  • Cut the pomegranate in quarters, then remove the seeds in a bowl of water. This avoids a big mess of pink splatters all over your kitchen! We’ve got a great step-by-step tutorial: go to How to Cut a Pomegranate.
  • Pomegranate seeds last up to 5 days refrigerated, but are best right away. So seed it right before you’re ready to make the salad.
Pomegranate seeds

Step it up with toasted or glazed nuts

This pomegranate salad features toasted pecans: and here’s a tip for you: always toast your nuts! It brings out the nutty flavor almost like salt brings out the flavor in savory foods. And it only takes a few minutes! You can absolutely taste the difference.

To take this salad over the top, make a batch of glazed pecans that have a sweet, crunchy exterior. It adds a new element to an already delicious salad! Here are a few ideas of the various nuts you could use:

Pomegranate salad dressing

Use one of the following pomegranate salad dressings!

There are also lots of variations when it comes dressing for this pomegranate salad! Whatever the case: homemade dressing is best. Of course if you’re in a pinch, you can absolutely use a store-bought dressing: there are many great high quality and organic salad dressings available these days. We created two different dressing options for this salad: and we have a few other ideas as well! Try the following pomegranate salad dressings:

  • Apple cider vinegar dressing: Made with vinegar, Dijon mustard and olive oil, it’s perfectly tangy!
  • Pomegranate vinaigrette: Want to double the pomegranate? Try this dressing made with pomegranate juice.
  • Balsamic vinaigrette: Full of big tangy flavor, and one of of the best homemade dressings you’ll find.
  • Pomegranate molasses plus olive oil: A great way to use this special ingredient! Dress the greens with olive oil, then drizzle with sweet tart pomegranate molasses. It’s incredible!

What to serve with pomegranate salad

This pomegranate salad is great because it’s so versatile! It’s more of a fall and winter salad since pomegranates are easiest to find in the cooler months. But since they’re becoming more available at grocery stores, you can eat it anytime! It’s perfect for holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas, or ideal for accessorizing any fall or winter dinner. Here are a few foods it pairs well with:

Pomegranate salad

Vegan variation

Want to make this pomegranate salad vegan? No problem! All you have to do is omit the cheese crumbles. You’ll barely notice the difference! Some salads need an extra savory hit from cheese, but this one works perfectly without it.

And that’s it: our perfect pomegranate salad! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

More pomegranate recipes

Pomegranate season calls for making lots of vibrant recipes with special fruit! Here are some favorite pomegranate recipes:

This pomegranate salad recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, omit the cheese crumbles.

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Pomegranate salad

Easy Pomegranate Salad


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This pomegranate salad is absolutely irresistible! It stars a sweet tart salad dressing and the vibrant crunch of pomegranate seeds.


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Cut and seed the pomegranate
  2. Thinly slice the shallot. Thinly slice the apple (and toss it with 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar if desired to prevent browning).
  3. Toast the pecans (don’t skip: this brings out the nutty flavor). Alternatively, make glazed pecans.
  4. Make the Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing or Pomegranate Dressing. 
  5. Place the greens on a platter. Top with the pomegranate seeds, sliced shallot, toasted pecans, and goat cheese or feta cheese crumbles. Toss with the desired amount of dressing to taste. (Store the extra dressing refrigerated and warm to room temperature and whisk again before using.)

Notes

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Salad

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Holiday Cheese Board

This post is sponsored by Kroger. The holidays are here and that means it’s time to party! Today, I am going to show you how to make a festive Holiday Cheese Board that will WOW your family and friends. It’s almost too pretty to eat and if …

This post is sponsored by Kroger. The holidays are here and that means it’s time to party! Today, I am going to show you how to make a festive Holiday Cheese Board that will WOW your family and friends. It’s almost too pretty to eat and if you want to be fancy, you can call…

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Skillet Cranberry and Apple Cake

This easy skillet cake with cranberries and apples highlights some of my favorite fall flavors – in a lightly spiced batter.

This easy skillet cake with cranberries and apples highlights some of my favorite fall flavors – in a lightly spiced batter.

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 Fall and winter are such cozy seasons for baking that I find myself with something in the oven at least a few times a week. This skillet cake is a wonderfully versatile recipe that you can really serve any time of day.

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This post is sponsored by Lodge Cast Iron. Their new bakeware line is gorgeous, sturdy, super versatile (hello, stove to oven to table!) and sure to become some of your favorites. I’ve used Lodge Cast Iron for years in my kitchen and I was very excited to learn about their new line of bakeware including this Baker’s Skillet which is perfect for everything from a savory quiche to a simple and comforting cake like this one. 


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Have a slice with tea or coffee in the afternoon, but make sure to save a bit for breakfast the next day too. Or, you can dress it up with a little bit of confectioner’s sugar and whipped crème fraiche for a gorgeous, low lift dessert.

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 The addition of rye flour here makes the cake exceptionally tender and I love the addition of tart cranberries for both color and a little pop of bright flavor that offsets the sweet and spice. If you don’t keep rye flour you can substitute and equal amount of all purpose or whole wheat flour, and feel free to sub pears for the apples too. 

Skillet Rye Cranberry Apple Cake

Makes one 9 or 10-inch cake

 3/4 cup (150g) light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted

2/3 cup (160g) crème fraiche

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup (130g) all purpose flour

1/2 cup (65g) light rye flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/2 cups peeled and chopped apple, from 1 large apple

3/4 cup (75g) fresh or frozen cranberries

4 teaspoons crunchy sugar like turbinado 

Confectioners sugar and whipped crème fraiche to serve, if desired

1. Position a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously butter the Lodge Bakers’s Skillet or 9-inch cake pan

2. In a large bowl, whisk the brown sugar and eggs until pale and foamy, about 1 minute. Add the melted butter, crème fraiche, and spices. Whisk until smooth and emulsified. 

3. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk until almost combined. 

4. Switch to a rubber spatula and add the cranberries and apples. Fold to combine making sure no streaks of flour remain.

4. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top of the batter with an offset spatula. Sprinkle the sugar over the top. 

5. Bake until puffed and golden, and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 35 minutes. Set the pan on a rack to cool. Serve warm or room temperature with a dusting of confectioners sugar and whipped crème fraiche if desired.

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Fall Chickpea Salad

My Chickpea Avocado Feta Salad is one of my all-time favorite salads. It’s so good, I even put the recipe in our cookbook. It was one of the few from the blog that made it into the book:) Well, if you are a fan of that salad like me, you are goin…

My Chickpea Avocado Feta Salad is one of my all-time favorite salads. It’s so good, I even put the recipe in our cookbook. It was one of the few from the blog that made it into the book:) Well, if you are a fan of that salad like me, you are going to LOVE my…

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Classic Vegan Apple Pie

No one will know this vegan apple pie recipe is plant-based: it’s just as good! The flaky lattice crust encloses a cozy-spiced apple filling. Want to make a show-stopping apple pie…that’s vegan? It’s 100% possible…and delicious. Meet this Classic Vegan Apple Pie! No one would guess that this pie is fully made of plants, because it’s so satisfying. A flaky, golden crust encloses a filling that’s so full of cozy spiced flavor, you won’t want the bite to end. Many of our meals are plant-based around here, so we thought it would be fun to try a vegan spin on our Best Apple Pie. Here are all the tips and tricks for making the most classic apple pie…with no butter to speak of. The key to vegan apple pie: vegan pie crust! The key to this vegan apple pie is vegan pie crust! Turns out, apple pie filling is easy to make with just sugar and spices. Where you need a little help is the buttery pie crust! You can use either coconut oil or vegan butter as a butter substitute in this pastry crust. Here’s what to know about each: Coconut oil vegan pie crust (preferred): The pastry comes out […]

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No one will know this vegan apple pie recipe is plant-based: it’s just as good! The flaky lattice crust encloses a cozy-spiced apple filling.

Vegan apple pie

Want to make a show-stopping apple pie…that’s vegan? It’s 100% possible…and delicious. Meet this Classic Vegan Apple Pie! No one would guess that this pie is fully made of plants, because it’s so satisfying. A flaky, golden crust encloses a filling that’s so full of cozy spiced flavor, you won’t want the bite to end. Many of our meals are plant-based around here, so we thought it would be fun to try a vegan spin on our Best Apple Pie. Here are all the tips and tricks for making the most classic apple pie…with no butter to speak of.

The key to vegan apple pie: vegan pie crust!

The key to this vegan apple pie is vegan pie crust! Turns out, apple pie filling is easy to make with just sugar and spices. Where you need a little help is the buttery pie crust! You can use either coconut oil or vegan butter as a butter substitute in this pastry crust. Here’s what to know about each:

  • Coconut oil vegan pie crust (preferred): The pastry comes out beautifully crisp and crunchy! We recommend using refined coconut oil, which has less of a coconut-y flavor. This is our preferred method because it’s very consistent.
  • Vegan butter pie crust (optional): The pastry comes out flaky with a little more of a savory, buttery flavor than coconut oil. The exact texture and flavor depends on the brand of vegan butter and what it’s made of. When you’re shopping for vegan butter, check the ingredient lists and find one that is minimally processed with real food ingredients. We like Miyoko’s Vegan Butter, which is made with mostly cashews and coconut: it happens to be organic, too.
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Equipment you need for this vegan apple pie recipe

Outside of the butter substitute, making vegan apple pie is exactly the same as standard apple pie! The required equipment is simply a standard pie plate and a rolling pin. But a few additional items can be helpful to this recipe:

  • Standard pie plate: Use a standard 9-inch pie plate, not a deep dish pie plate! If you have one, a metal pie plate can help the bottom crust to come out crispier.
  • Pastry cloth and rolling pin cover: These can help to avoid sticking when you’re rolling out the dough. If you don’t have one, dust your work surface and rolling pin generously with flour as you go.
  • Food scale: In baking it’s helpful to weigh flour because it can change based on environmental conditions. If you don’t have one, just measure the flour in cups and adjust the water as needed.

Variation: vegan apple crumble

Feeling overwhelmed by the process? Here’s an idea: make a Vegan Apple Crumble instead! Apple crumble has a very similar flavor to this apple pie, and it’s loads easier to make. No dough rolling or lattice work necessary! But want to keep going? Keep reading…

Classic vegan apple pie recipe

Best apple for pie: Granny Smith!

What are the best apples for apple pie? We’re glad you asked. First off: if you can, use organic apples. Apples are one of the best fruits to buy organic due to the way that pesticides are used (see the Dirty Dozen list for more). Our favorite type of apple to use for pie is Granny Smith. It’s got the perfect crisp texture and sweet tart flavor. It’s what we recommend hands down. If you prefer using another apple, here are our favorites in order of preference:

  • Granny Smith
  • Honeycrisp
  • Jonathon or Jonagold
  • Gala
  • Ida Red
  • Golden Delicious (do not use Red Delicious)

How to slice apples…fast

Once you’ve got your apples for this vegan apple pie recipe, it can take a while to peel and slice them. But here’s a trick for how to cut them quickly! This method for slicing apples is so slick, you can slice one up in just a few seconds. Review the video below for how to do it:

How to slice apples

How to blind bake the crust

Blind baking is baking a pie crust without the filling. Why do this? It makes sure that crust is perfectly firm before you add the filling. This avoids the soggy bottom problem! It makes a pastry that’s firm and flaky. Here are a few things to know about blind baking this vegan apple pie:

  • Prick holes with a fork all over the crust. This helps it to puff up less while in the oven.
  • Add pie weights: like dried beans or rice! For the baking step, you’ll need pie weights to weigh down the crust so it doesn’t get too puffy. Guess what? You don’t need to buy anything! Use dried beans or dry rice to fill up your pie crust before blind baking. (It doesn’t harm the beans or rice: you can still cook them as normal.) You can also use ceramic pie weights.

How to make a lattice pie crust topping

The main part of this vegan apple pie recipe that requires technique is making the lattice pie crust. Once you’ve done it once, it’s easy to do; but lattice work can be daunting if you’ve never tried it before. Here’s a video showing how to do the lattice weave for the crust. The pieces in the video below are thicker than you’ll use for this pie, but it gives you an idea of the process.

How to make a lattice pie crust

Serving vegan apple pie

What’s the best way to serve this vegan apple pie recipe? It’s actually extremely tasty as is! The crunch of the pie crust with the tangy brightness of the apples doesn’t need much in the way of improvements. It’s perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or as a summer dessert! But if you’re a person who loves apple pie toppings, here are a few vegan ideas for topping it off:

  • Vegan whipped cream: This Dairy Free Whipped Cream is made with coconut milk: and light and airy! It has a faint fruity coconut flavor, but that doesn’t overwhelm the dish.
  • Vegan ice cream: There are lots of options for store-bought vegan ice creams these days. Even better, make our Cinnamon Vegan Ice Cream! It’s extraordinary.

This vegan apple pie recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Vegan apple pie

Classic Vegan Apple Pie


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

No one will know this vegan apple pie recipe is plant-based: it’s just as good! The flaky lattice crust encloses a cozy-spiced apple filling.


Ingredients

For the crust

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup refined coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup water + 3 ice cubes

For the pie

  • 3 pounds organic Granny Smith apples (10 to 11 small)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest plus 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)

Instructions

  1. Make the crust: In a medium bowl, mix the all purpose flour, kosher salt, and baking powder. Drop small blobs of the coconut oil into the flour mixture. Then use a pastry cutter to incorporate it into the flour until pebbly (try to make sure there aren’t any large chunks of coconut oil).  Drizzle about 1/2 of the ice water into the flour and bring together with a fork. Continue drizzling until a dough is formed. Use your hands to make it into a dough ball, not too sticky (add a bit more water or flour if necessary). Divide the dough in two and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  3. Meanwhile, make the filling: Peel and core the apples, then thinly slice them about 1/4 inch thick (see the “How to slice apples” section above). Place the apples in a large pot with a lid or in a Dutch oven. Add in the cornstarch, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, salt, lemon juice and zest, and vanilla. Stir apples to combine. Cover and cook on high heat for 2 minutes without stirring. Remove it from the heat, remove the lid and cool the apples until the pie crust is done blind baking. 
  4. Roll out the first dough: If you have a pastry cloth, set it up and dust it with flour; otherwise, flour a clean work surface. Put on a rolling pin cover and coat the pin in extra flour (optional). Remove one ball of dough from the refrigerator and roll it evenly from the center to the edge, until the dough is a large circle about 1/8-inch thick. If it starts to get sticky, dust lightly with flour. Rest the dough for 3 minutes. Then trim the dough to an even 12-inch circle with a pizza cutter (this corresponds to the 9-inch circle on the pastry cloth).
  5. Blind bake the crust: Gently place the dough into the center of the pie plate, using the rolling pin to transfer it. Use your fingers to press the pastry into the form of the pie pan. Then fold the excess dough around the edges under itself, so that it sits evenly on the rim of the pie plate, then crimp the edge with the tines of a fork. Prick the bottom and sides of the crust with a fork, then cover it with a sheet of parchment paper. Fill the inside with pastry weights like dried beans or rice (or another type of pie weight). Bake the crust for 18 minutes.
  6. Increase the oven temperature: Remove the blind baked pie crust from the oven and place it on a cooling rack. Add a baking sheet to a center rack and increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  7. Assemble the pie: Spoon the apple filling into the pie plate with a slotted spoon, leaving the liquid inside the pot. Heat the pot over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes to thicken the remaining liquid until thickened and syrupy. Then pour the syrup over the apples.
  8. Make the lattice: Roll out the second dough ball into another 12” circle. Cut into 1” strips and use 7 strips to make a lattice. Carefully lay out 4 strips of dough in the same direction on the pie (see the “How to make a lattice pie crust” above). Be careful to place the strips down without stretching. Weave the strips together to create the lattice with the remaining 3 strips. Trim the lattice on the pie to the edge of the pie, then place the remaining strips of the dough around the outside to form an edge around the rim of the pie.
  9. Bake the pie: Place the pie on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour until golden brown. Remove from the oven and place on a baking rack. Allow to cool for at least 1 hour until warm, or a few hours until it is room temperature. Then slice into pieces and enjoy! The pie is best eaten the day it is made. For make ahead and reheating instructions, see below.

Notes

Make ahead instructions: Pie is best eaten the day of making it. You can make the pie dough in advance: make it up to 3 days ahead, wrap well and refrigerate. Or, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze it for up to 3 months. When ready to use, remove from the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight or up to 24 hours.

Leftover / reheating instructions: Store leftovers at room temperature loosely covered with foil, plastic wrap, or with an overturned bowl. Reheat at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. 

  • Category: Pie
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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French Apple Tart: Tarte fine aux pommes

Come fall, you’ll see tartes fines aux pommes in bakeries across France. In contrast to fancy pastries many pastry shops are known for, these thin apple tarts are French baking at its most basic, and at its best. A thin crust of buttery, crackly puff pastry with a fan of baked apples on top, then glazed, these simple tarts are normally served without any accompaniment,…

Come fall, you’ll see tartes fines aux pommes in bakeries across France. In contrast to fancy pastries many pastry shops are known for, these thin apple tarts are French baking at its most basic, and at its best. A thin crust of buttery, crackly puff pastry with a fan of baked apples on top, then glazed, these simple tarts are normally served without any accompaniment, however you wouldn’t get any complaints from me if there was a scoop of vanilla ice cream, cinnamon ice cream, or salted butter caramel ice cream, on top.

My discerning Frenchman likes things simpler and would tell me to leave it alone, but if I just happened to have some ice cream on hand, and was serving myself a scoop, I know from experience that he wouldn’t refuse one, too.

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Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash

You guys, Thanksgiving is right around the corner! And if you’ve been looking for a vegetarian (or vegan) main dish for Thanksgiving, this one is for you.

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You guys, Thanksgiving is right around the corner! And if you’ve been looking for a vegetarian (or vegan) main dish for Thanksgiving, this one is for you. And if you just want a show-stopping Autumn-inspired dish for any other day of the week, this one is for you, too. ;) This Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash is is colorful, flavorful, full of texture, and just as delicious as it is beautiful. It’s definitely a new favorite that I’m going to be making every year going forward!

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Make it Vegan

The recipe as written below is vegetarian because it does include butter. To make this recipe vegan, simply swap the butter with a vegan butter substitute or your favorite cooking oil. I do feel like the butter adds some extra richness because of the butter cream, so a vegan butter substitute will probably be the closest flavor match.

Swap out the Wild Rice Blend

I used Lundberg Wild Rice Blend, but if that is not available in your area or you want to swap it out for other reasons, it can easily be swapped out for any grain or grain mix that you like. Just cook your grain according to the package directions, using broth in place of water for extra flavor, as I did below. Then simply add the cooked grain into the recipe at the same point I added the cooked wild rice blend.

How Do You Eat Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash?

Sure, these stuffed acorn squash are pretty, but how do you eat them?? Just dig in with a fork, grabbing some of the baked acorn squash flesh on each forkful with the filling. Think of it kind of like eating a stuffed baked potato. And while acorn squash skin is edible, it can be quite tough, so I usually just scoop everything out of the skin and leave the shell of skin behind. :)

Can This Be Prepared Ahead?

You can prepare the wild rice filling ahead of time, and then bake the acorn squash, stuff it, and finish baking the day it will be served. I think it’s best to roast the squash the day of instead of fully baking and assembling the day before because it will take just as long to reheat the stuffed squash in the oven as it would to just bake it fresh. But you can save time by preparing the filling the day before. The color of the filling may dull a bit when prepared ahead, but the flavor should still be just as delicious!

Wild rice stuffed acorn squash close up from the front
wild rice stuffed acorn squash close up from above

Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash

Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash makes a great vegetarian (or vegan) Thanksgiving main dish, or a delicious dinner for any chilly fall evening!
Total Cost $6.19 recipe / $1.55 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 401.68kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Roasted Acorn Squash

  • 2 acorn squash (3 lbs. total) $3.01
  • tsp salt $0.01
  • tsp pepper $0.01

Wild Rice Stuffing

  • ½ cup wild rice blend (uncooked) $0.72
  • 1 cup vegetable broth $0.13
  • 2 Tbsp butter* $0.28
  • 1 yellow onion $0.32
  • 3 ribs celery $0.32
  • 1 apple $0.70
  • ½ tsp dried sage $0.05
  • ½ tsp dried thyme $0.05
  • ¼ tsp salt $0.02
  • ¼ tsp pepper $0.02
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts $0.30
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries $0.22
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley $0.05

Instructions

  • Combine the wild rice blend and vegetable broth in a pot. Place a lid on the pot and bring the broth up to a boil over high heat. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low, and let the rice simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Cut each acorn squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Season the cut side of each squash with a pinch of salt and pepper. Place the squash on a parchment lined baking sheet, cut side down. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  • While the rice is cooking and squash is baking, begin the rest of the filling. Dice an onion and add it to a deep skillet with the butter. Sauté the onion over medium heat until soft. While the onion is sautéing, finely chop the celery. Add the celery to the skillet and continue to sauté for a few minutes more.
  • Core and dice the apple, then add it to the skillet, along with the sage, thyme, salt, and pepper. Continue to sauté for a few minutes more, or just until the apple is slightly softened.
  • When the wild rice is finished cooking, add it to the skillet with the onion, celery, and apples. Also add the walnuts, cranberries, and chopped parsley. Stir to combine.
  • Turn the acorn squash over so the cut side is facing up (you can either leave them on the baking sheet or place them in a casserole dish). Fill the cavities in the squash with the wild rice mixture. Return the stuffed squash to the oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Serve hot.

Notes

*Use a vegan butter substitute or your favorite cooking oil to make this recipe vegan.

Nutrition

Serving: 1stuffed squash | Calories: 401.68kcal | Carbohydrates: 75.95g | Protein: 6.9g | Fat: 11.75g | Sodium: 561.33mg | Fiber: 9.85g

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wild rice stuffed acorn squash close up from above

How to Make Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash – Step by Step Photos

Wild rice package and some in a pot

Begin cooking the wild rice blend first because it takes the longest. You can use a different grain if you prefer. To cook this Wild rice blend, combine ½ cup of the rice blend with 1 cup vegetable broth. Place a lid on top, bring it up to a boil over high heat, then reduce to low and let simmer for 45 minutes.

Seeds scooped from acorn squash

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Cut two acorn squash in half, lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds with a spoon.

Seasoned cut acorn squash

Place the acorn squash on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Season the cut sides of the acorn squash with a small pinch of salt and pepper. Turn the squash over so it is cut side down, then transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes.

roasted acorn squash on the baking sheet

After roasting for 20 minutes the squash will be mostly tender, but it will be baked again once stuffed to finish it off. While the acorn squash is roasting, begin making the rest of the filling…

diced onion and butter in a deep skillet

Dice an onion and add it to a deep skillet with 2 Tbsp butter. Sauté over medium heat until the onion is soft.

Diced celery added to skillet

While the onion is sautéing, finely dice 3 ribs celery. Add them to the skillet and continue to sauté.

Apple and herbs added to the skillet

While the onion and celery are sautéing, core and dice an apple. Add the apple to the skillet along with ½ tsp dried sage, ½ tsp dried thyme, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper. Continue to sauté just a few minute more or just until the apple begins to soften.

Wild rice, walnuts, cranberries, and parsley added to the pot

When the wild rice blend is finished cooking, add it to the skillet, along with ¼ cup chopped walnuts, ¼ cup dried cranberries, and about 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley. Stir to combine.

finished stuffing in the skillet

And then you have the finished stuffing. It’s so colorful, has so much texture, and it is SO DELICIOUS. Give it a taste and adjust the salt to your taste buds.

Stuffed and baked acorn squash in a casserole dish

Finally, turn the squash over so they are cut side up (you can transfer to a casserole dish if you’d like, or leave them on the baking sheet) and stuff the cavities with the wild rice mixture. Bake the stuffed acorn squash for an additional 20 minutes, then serve.

Stuffed acorn squash in a casserole dish, from above

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Gluten-free Pop Tarts (with 3 Flavors!)

I am telling you that you can make delicious Homemade Pop Tarts! And I have 3 different flavors for you to try: frosted strawberry, brown sugar cinnamon, and cinnamon apple pie. There is no long list of weird ingredients, no box mix, only a couple of s…

I am telling you that you can make delicious Homemade Pop Tarts! And I have 3 different flavors for you to try: frosted strawberry, brown sugar cinnamon, and cinnamon apple pie. There is no long list of weird ingredients, no box mix, only a couple of simple pantry staples. The best part is that these...

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Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Apple Gravy

This slow-cooked pork shoulder is just the ticket on a cold winter day. It marinates overnight, then roasts all day. Dinner is ready when it’s fall-apart tender. Serve with an easy apple gravy and some roast vegetables on the side. Continue…

This slow-cooked pork shoulder is just the ticket on a cold winter day. It marinates overnight, then roasts all day. Dinner is ready when it's fall-apart tender. Serve with an easy apple gravy and some roast vegetables on the side.

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I Make 600 Pies Each Thanksgiving—Here’s What I’ve Learned Along the Way.

The minute peaches are elbowed out of the way by apples at the farmers’ market, my summer reverie is interrupted by thoughts of Thanksgiving. As a professional pie baker who discreetly waves goodbye to each pie as it leaves the bakery, I take my job se…

The minute peaches are elbowed out of the way by apples at the farmers’ market, my summer reverie is interrupted by thoughts of Thanksgiving. As a professional pie baker who discreetly waves goodbye to each pie as it leaves the bakery, I take my job seriously. Most years, more than 600 pies cross the baker’s bench on the day before Thanksgiving. This year, the approaching holiday season feels as upended as a tarte tatin. My guess is that pie sales will be brisk despite the uncertainty of gathering. One thing remains constant: Pie makes us feel better.

Except for July 4 (which this baker dubs Thanksgiving Junior) pie distinguishes Thanksgiving from all other holidays. According to a 2019 survey from The Harris Poll, 94 percent of Americans conclude their Thanksgiving meal with pie. No wonder even the most casual of bakers are prompted to reach for their rolling pins and dimpled pie plates. Thanksgiving has a way of sneaking up on us, long before our stash of leftover Halloween candy has been depleted.

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