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.

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!

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.

Summer Salad

* Tomatoes (heirloom or on the vine are best)

* Cucumbers (pickling if possible)

* Red Onion or Scallions (finely chopped) (optional)

* Parsley (or any fresh herbs on hand)

* Lime, lemon, or ACV (apple cider vinegar)

* Extra Virgin Olive Oil

* Salt/Pepper to taste

Chop the fruit, herbs, and onions (if using onions). Toss with extra virgin olive oil (sunflower oil can be substituted as well). Squeeze a bit of lime or lemon, or add a few drops of ACV (you don't need much because the tomatoes add plenty of acidity). This is a great little salad for when you want something other than greens. You'll want to have some good bread on hand for soaking up the delicious "sauce" in the bottom of the bowl!

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