6 In Side Dish/ Vegetable

Kabocha Salad Recipe

Kabocha Salad Recipe

Kabocha Salad Recipe

You might have noticed already, but I love Kabocha (Japanese pumpkin.)  It’s sweet, healthy, and very versatile.  You can cook it just like potatoes.  Mash it, fry it, simmer it, and etc.  Today I made a simple Kabocha salad with cucumbers.  It is similar to  Japanese potato salad, but the ingredients here are a lot simpler.  Kabocha can be softened in the microwave very easily and quickly, so the salad can be made in no time.  Perfect side dish for a weekday supper!

Kabocha Salad


  • 1/4 - 1/3 Kabocha (Japanese pumpkin)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 Japanese or 2 small cucumbers
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise (preferably Japanese mayo)
  • black pepper to taste (optional)
  • raisins (optional)


  1. Peel and dice Kabocha and place them in a microwave safe dish. Cover and cook about 6 minutes in microwave or until soft. Mash Kabocha slightly (you don't need to mash all the way.) Add lemon juice and let it cool.
  2. Slice cucumber thinly and sprinkle salt in another bowl. Let it sit for a few minutes and squeeze water out.
  3. Mix Kabocha, cucumber, and mayonnaise. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix in or top with some raisins.

Kabocha Salad Recipe

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Kabocha Salad Recipe

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Kabocha Salad Recipe

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  • Bob
    July 26, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    What is ‘Japanese mayo’? If I can’t find any in the US easily, can I ‘spice up’ some American mayo?

    • Noriko
      September 13, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      Japanese mayo tastes more like dressing. Add some vinegar or lemon juice and a little salt to American mayo. It’s still not the same, but a little closer.

    • An Na
      February 20, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Buy some Kewpie from Amazon, that’s what I do when I’m in the US and I cannot easily find Japanese mayo

  • Lori
    October 20, 2014 at 6:33 am

    When cooking the kabocha in the microwave, do you use any water?

    • Noriko
      October 24, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      I don’t think so.

  • Victoria
    October 10, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you for these delicious recipes! I am an American woman and my husband is Japanese. Every time we visit his Mom in Osaka she always cooks such delicious food that it really inspires me to want to cook more Japanese food since I know my husband loves it. Your website/YouTube really helps me out!! I made two things already and my husband was really happy! Thank you so much!