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Raw Squash Salad

20 minutes

Makes 4 - 6 servings

It always surprises people to learn winter squash is good raw.

It’s name, after all, comes from the Narragansett Native American word askutasquash, which translates to “eaten raw or uncooked.” Grating is the secret to making raw winter squash palatable.

And while a box grater can do the job, a food processor works much better and faster.

You can use any winter squash, and all except butternut can be grated with the skin on (butternut squash skin has a hard, flinty quality that you can feel no matter how small the pieces). I prefer kabocha or one of the similarly pumpkin-like Cucurbita maximas. I think both the flavor and texture are better, and they keep longer than smaller squash.

What you'll need


For the shopping list

1 medium-sized

Winter Squash (you might not use all of it)

1 softball-sized

Celeriac, aka Celery Root

1 golf ball-sized


Flat Leaf Parsley

From our shop

$17 - Pantelleria - Sicily

$10 - North Atlantic Ocean - Iceland

Wild Icelandic Kelp

$8 - Saint-Maurice - France

Whole Grain Mustard

$16 - Napa - California

Zinfandel Vinegar

$27 - Tuscany - Italy

Novo Frantoio


From the kitchen


Box Grater (or Food Processor)


Mixing Bowl




Bench Scraper

Measuring Cups

Measuring Spoons

"I make and eat this salad all winter long, and so should you."

~ Jim Dixon, founder Wellspent and Real Good Food

What you'll have to do

Step 1

Before you start cutting the vegetables, put a few tablespoons of salted capers in cold water to soak; it’ll make them less salty.

Step 2

Cut the squash into pieces that fit through the feed tube of your food processor. I use a small knife to trim away the seeds and membrane, a process I find easier than scraping the seeds out with a spoon.

Step 3

Peel and trim the root end of the celeriac. Squash and celery root sizes vary, so you may end up with a bit more of one or the other, but it won’t really matter. You should end up with about a quart and a half of grated vegetables, and that will make enough salad to feed 4-6 people.

Step 4

Grate the squash and celeriac.

Step 5

Chop the shallot and parsley, and drain the capers.

Step 6

Mix together 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, about twice as much extra virgin olive oil, and a tablespoon of whole grain mustard. Add the vegetables and about a tablespoon of Burlap & Barrel's Icelandic kelp.

Step 7

Taste before adding any salt; the capers are already salty. If you can, let the salad sit for 15 minutes or more before serving.

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Capers, Pickles, & Peppers

Capers in Sea Salt

Bonomo and GiglioPantelleria - Sicily
Wild Icelandic Kelp
Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Wild Icelandic Kelp

Burlap & BarrelNorth Atlantic Ocean - Iceland
Whole Grain Mustard
Sauces & Condiments

Whole Grain Mustard

BornibusSaint-Maurice - France
Zinfandel Vinegar

Zinfandel Vinegar

Katz FarmNapa - California
Novo Frantoio
Olive Oil

Novo Frantoio

Novo FrantoioTuscany - Italy

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