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Raw red onion squash satay salad

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Raw red onion squash satay salad

Side Serves 2 1h 15 min
Squash needn’t always be cooked; raw squash is delicious too. This Asian side dish combines raw squash ribbons with a nutty satay sauce, sweet raisins and fresh herbs.

Cook's notes

Raw squash needs marinating, to soften the texture, so this recipe takes a little bit of extra time.



  • 1 red onion squash
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 20g raisins
  • toasted peanuts
  • fresh coriander
  • fresh lime basil (Thai basil)
  • toasted sesame seeds

For the satay sauce

  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp madras curry powder
  • 2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
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Prep time: 15 min
Cooking time: 1h
  • Step 1

    Peel the skin off the squash and discard the peelings. Cut the squash in half, then remove the seeds with a spoon. Then, use the peeler to make ribbons of squash; the easiest way to do this is to lie the squash cut-side down, then peel along the edge. Put the squash ribbons in a bowl with the juice of one lime, then give it a good mix with your hands. Set to one side and marinate for at least an hour.
  • Step 2

    Combine the satay sauce ingredients in bowl. Taste, then adjust the soy sauce and lime juice quantities until it suits your taste - remember there is lime juice already on the raw squash.
  • Step 3

    Drain any excess lime juice from the squash, then toss with the satay dressing. Arrange on a plate and garnish with the raisins, chopped herbs, sesame seeds and peanuts.

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