Jessica's Cubano Squash Recipes

Cuban Pumpkin Salad

How to Make Ensalada de Calabaza Cubana
courtesy of the Cocina Cubana Club founded by Pascual Perez & chef Sonia Martinez

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1 medium sized Calabaza (orange-fleshed Caribbean pumpkin)

2 large chopped onions
Olive oil
Salt to taste

Optional: baby greens and your favorite nuts/seeds to garnish.

Cut pumpkin without peeling into four pieces (quarters). Cook until flesh is tender in salted boiling water. Remove pumpkin and drain water. In a bowl, mix salad dressing: vinegar, olive oil, chopped onions and salt. Pour over pumpkin and refrigerate a few hours till cold.


Yield: Serves 4.

Veggie Sandwich

  • Sprouted bread (toasted)
  • Sliced yellow, orange, or red bell pepper
  • Sliced white, sweet, or red onion (or scallions)
  • Arugula
  • Cilantro
  • White Mushrooms
  • Raw Cheddar Cheese (substitute other hard cheese)

If you have a toaster oven, try melting the cheese on the bread, then adding the mushrooms when it is nearly done.

Condiment suggestions: Veganaise, hot sauce.

Fruit Salad w/Cacao Dressing

  • Bananas (2) (mashed)
  • Strawberries (4) (sliced)
  • Blueberries (handful)
  • Sesame Seeds (1 tsp)
  • Hemp Nuts (1 tsp)
  • Raw Cacao Powder (1 tsp)
  • Filberts (handful)  ( or substitute soaked almonds, chopped brazil nuts, etc. )



Bell Pepper and Yam Stir Fry

* Red/Orange/Yellow Bell Peppers (julienned)

* Yams or Sweet Potatoes (sliced)

* Onion (any kind)

* Garlic

* Fresh Herbs (dill, parsley, cilantro, basil, etc)

* Olive Oil

* Sliced Hakurei Turnips (optional)

* Salt/Pepper to taste


Cook the yams and/or sweet potatoes in a covered skillet (cast iron works great), in a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil. When about 3/4 done, add garlic, onions, peppers, whatever fresh herbs are on hand, and turnips (the turnips will give the dish a lot more sauce). Season, mix well, and recover until done (finish on low/medium heat). This dish is very filling and comforting. Hint: don't skimp on the olive oil!

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