Sweet and Tangy Late Summer Squash Quinoa (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Two days ago on our morning walk, Tim and I put on sweatshirts. Yesterday, I pulled out my boots for the first time since May. Today, the window’s open in the bathroom, and even from the next room over, I can smell the fresh air and feel a cool breeze coming in (the high today in Nashville was 72 degrees).

summer squash quinoa

What’s more, down the hall and in the kitchen, the oven is on, and I have a pot filled with root vegetables boiling on the stove. Fall is here, officially and obviously, and I’ve been dressing, eating and, what I’m trying to say, I guess, is enjoying this new season, even when it means summer’s gone.

summer squash quinoa

But before we get too deep in changing leaves, could I get one last hurrah for summer? I hate to say it as a lifelong October lover, but sometimes I’m nostalgic for the season that ends (besides winter). And while I was all set to pack away this late summer squash recipe for next year, our Monday CSA pickup brought a few more of the yellow squash we’ve been seeing the last few weeks.

So I thought maybe you wouldn’t mind if I slipped this late summer squash quinoa dish in? You could, of course, swap out the yellow squash with a nice winter one, cubed and roasted with oil until it’s caramelized. You could, also, decide to go elsewhere for a recipe featuring pumpkin or apples. I’ll understand.

summer squash quinoa

For now, here’s a quinoa dish we enjoyed before the temperatures dropped and the days shortened. It’s a reminder of the beauty that was, even as we walk forward into the beauty that is and the kind that is to come.

The truth is, more evenings than not, Tim and I eat a simple dinner of roasted vegetables or salad or quinoa like this. So while for us, this could be an entree; for you, it might make a nice side dish, just like our lemon and herb quinoa tabbouleh. Either way, it’s as simple as it is a tasty blend of flavors and textures – at once sweet and tangy, soft yet with a crunch.


Sweet and Tangy Late Summer Squash Quinoa (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

  • Author: Shanna Mallon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 mintues
  • Total Time: 25 mintues
  • Yield: Serves two to three 1x


A sweet and tangy quinoa dish flavored with almonds, summer squash, and sweet and sour ingredients such as raisins and lemon juice making for a complex flavor profile. It’s soft yet there are crunchy bits for a great mouthfeel.



  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, to toast
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped squash (yellow squash, pattypan squash)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 to 3 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and chopped
  • 1 small green sweet pepper, chopped
  • 3/4 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 10 basil leaves, chopped


  1. Begin by placing almonds in a pan over medium heat and toast until fragrant and golden. Remove from heat.
  2. In a large skillet, melt a teaspoon of coconut oil over medium heat; add chopped squash, diced onion, smashed garlic cloves, chopped jalapeno and chopped green pepper. Cook until soft, adding a few shakes of salt and pepper and stirring as you do.
  3. Combine vegetable hash, toasted almonds and cooked quinoa in a large bowl. Add raisins, juice of one lemon and torn or chopped basil leaves. Mix together and adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  • Category: Skillet Meal
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Dinner

Keywords: yellow squash, pattypan squash, zucchini, quinoa, almonds, vegan, skillet meal, quick

Did you love this vegan skillet meal as much as we did? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and please rate the recipe!

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Photos by Shanna Mallon, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on July 7th, 2014. Last updated: January 27, 2019 at 21:15 pm.

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About Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon is a freelance writer who holds an MA in writing from DePaul University. Her work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including The Kitchn, Better Homes & Gardens, Taste of Home, Houzz.com, Foodista, Entrepreneur, and Ragan PR. In 2014, she co-authored The Einkorn Cookbook with her husband, Tim. Today, you can find her digging into food topics and celebrating the everyday grace of eating on her blog, Go Eat Your Bread with Joy. Shanna lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with Tim and their two small kids.

8 thoughts on “Sweet and Tangy Late Summer Squash Quinoa (Vegan + Gluten-Free)”

  1. I made a quinoa and butternut squash and apple combo not too long ago, was amazingly good.. It’s funny how you and the rest of North America are bidding farewell to summer & its produce, and then embracing squash, pumpkins, apples and thanksgiving treats with such fury. Here in Argentina, we’re happily waving goodbye to what’s been a long-enough winter and welcoming Spring with wide-open arms. Time for lighter foods although I always love seeing recipes that pop up from those with opposite seasons!


    • Felicia, That is one of my favorite parts of blogging: realizing how big the world is. I love hearing about the different weather occurring in different parts of the globe. Reminds me what a small part of it I am. Thanks for letting me see into your world, here and elsewhere online. I’m glad for it!

  2. I feel like we’re in that weird in-between time. Sometimes I go outside and feel like an idiot for not taking a jacket and yet, I walk to the grocery store and still see fresh berries. I’m definitely all for making the most of these last few days : )

    • Kathryn, The other day I got lost searching AirBNB for rentals in Iceland, and that turned into rentals in London… : ) I like picturing it over there, with you not bringing a jacket and finding berries at the store, and I like knowing that in-between times are happening all over.

  3. I’m more than happy to see a few more summer produce recipes. I’m still seeing the last of the summer squash and tomatoes in the markets and I am determined to make myself sick of eating them before they’re gone for the season!

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