Butternut Squash Vegan Buddha Bowl combines arugula, quinoa, black beans, apple, pumpkin seeds, and tahini lime dressing. It’s naturally gluten-free with an oil-free option. And the components can be prepared in advance so you’ll have a delicious complete meal in minutes!
One of my favorite fall vegetables is butternut squash.
It’s delicious simply roasted with a little olive oil or vegetable broth, salt, and pepper, like in Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash.
I also enjoy it with Cilantro Lime Rice & Black Beans.
But what exactly is a Vegan Buddha Bowl?
He did eat his meals from bowls, but there is no record of him eating a combination of grains, plant-based proteins, and vegetables.
And that’s what the Vegan Buddha Bowl is all about!
In this recipe, the grain is quinoa, the protein is black beans, and the vegetable is roasted butternut squash.
And for added nutrition and deliciousness, we also have apples, pumpkin seeds, arugula, and a tangy dressing made from tahini and lime juice.
The inspiration for this Vegan Buddha Bowl came from a recipe for Butternut Soup with Apple.
I started reading The Art of Flavor and came across the soup recipe.
But instead of a smooth and velvety soup, I started craving something with different textures but similar flavors.
You can use whatever type of apple you prefer, but my choice for this recipe is a sweet and crisp variety such as Honeycrisp.
And if you don’t care for the peppery taste of arugula, baby spinach is a fantastic alternative.
If you prep all the components in advance, you can make a Vegan Buddha Bowl in minutes!
In addition, you can enjoy the quinoa, black beans, and squash hot or cold.
And I also like to roast a batch of vegetables in the oven to use during the week.
You can get some more time-saving cooking tips in this article.
Plus the dressing is easy to make in advance.
I prefer to use an immersion blender for ease of clean up, but you can use a regular blender or food processor if you don’t have one.
Then when you’re ready to eat, all you need to do is assemble your Vegan Buddha Bowl as shown in the quick video!
I hope you enjoy this Butternut Squash Buddha Bowl as much as I do!
Butternut Squash Vegan Buddha Bowl
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the butternut squash and drizzle with the olive oil, if using, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss with you hands. For an oil-free version, use water for roasting (or steam the squash instead of roasting). Roast for 20 to 30 minutes until the squash is tender and lightly browned.
- Meanwhile, prepare the quinoa according to the package directions. (See notes for Instant Pot directions.)
- To make the Tahini Lime Dressing, blend all the dressing ingredients until very smooth using an immersion blender, regular blender, or food processor.
- To make the Buddha Bowls, divide the arugula among four bowls. Add a quarter of the quinoa, black beans, butternut squash, and apple to each. Drizzle each bowl with Tahini Lime Dressing and top with a quarter of the pumpkin seeds. (The quinoa, black beans, and butternut squash can be served either warm or cold.)