Kabocha Squash Salad with Dried Fruit and Nuts

Kabocha Squash Salad with Dried Fruit and Nuts

Is it dessert? A salad? Or a sandwich filling? This salad is made with kabocha squash, dried fruit, nuts and yogurt. Enjoy it whichever way you like.

Ingredients: 1 silicone steamer's worth

Kabocha squash
1/8 (160 g)
❤ Unsweetened yogurt
80 g
❤ Mayonnaise
1-2 tablespoons (see Step 5)
❤ Cranberries
15 g
❤ Mango
15 g
❤ Raisins
15 g
Nuts (Walnuts, pumpkin seeds, etc.)
to taste
Salt and coarsely ground black pepper (optional)
to taste


1. Dried fruit will expand a little after absorbing liquid, so chop the larger pieces, like the mangoes. You can use any dried fruit of your choice.
2. Preparation the night before: Add 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise to the yogurt. Add dried fruit of your choice, mix, and keep in the fridge.
3. Next day: Cut the kabocha squash into 1-2 cm cubes, put them in a silicone steamer, and cover with a lid. Microwave for 3-4 minutes. If a bamboo skewer goes through the kabocha squash easily, it's ready.
4. Combine the yogurt from Step 2 and kabocha squash from Step 3. Add nuts of your choice to taste, lightly mix together, and it's done.
5. You can enjoy it as a dessert, salad, bread filling, or however you'd like to. This salad is also tasty without mayonnaise.
6. If you would like to have it as a dessert, I recommend using 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise (or even none at all). If you would like to have it as a salad, I recommend using 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, but adjust the amount to taste.
7. I toasted an English muffin, spread it with cream cheese, and topped with this salad. It's sweet, sour, and made me feel happy in the morning.

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to eat an easy, yet nutritious kabocha squash salad that could be a bread filler, salad or dessert.