chayote squash salad


Chayote Squash and Pickled Onion Salad

Chayote Squash and Pickled Onion Salad

Ensalada de Chayote y Cebolla Morada

Recipe Yield

6 servings

Cooking time

35 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.67 from 6 votes


  • 2 pounds chayote squash
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 fresh oregano
  • 1/2 cup red onion thinly sliced

To Prepare

  • Place unpeeled chayotes in a saucepan, cover with water, bring to a boil and cover the pan, then reduce heat to low; simmer for 25 to 30 minutes until the chayotes are cooked through. A knife will cleanly go through them, but they won’t be completely soft or mushy.
  • Drain, and once cool, peel the chayotes. Cut them in half, then slice into sticks.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients, except for the onions, and whisk into a vinaigrette. Add the onions, mix well and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. It can also be made ahead a day before and left in the refrigerator.
  • Toss the chayote sticks with the vinaigrette and onions. Serve or cover and refrigerate for up to 12 hours.


9comments inChayote Squash and Pickled Onion Salad

  1. Aloh Ferguson

    Jun 26

    I will make this I have plenty of chooks to make I will try look yummy. Thanks

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 03

      Yay, enjoy it Aloh!

  2. Bill Owen

    May 05

    My wife and I absolutely love this salad.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 11

      Love to hear this Bill!

  3. Nancy Velazquez

    Dec 22

    I made the chayote pickled salad just as you demonstrated in video and it was delicious!! I also made the chunky chipotle potato salad wow it was both outstanding. I would like to see the video again because I like the detail you explained on the chayote which I had never eaten before. I loved the way you explained with so much love. This was the first I made and my family loved it. Thank you so much

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 24

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipes, Nancy! I don’t have any videos for those two recipes.

  4. Krista Gordon

    May 20

    I’d never made a chayote squash before this recipe! There’s only two places in my city where I can find them, too. This salad is delicious! I could eat it everyday. Thank you, Pati!

    1. Pati

      May 21

      So happy you discovered chayote squash and enjoyed the salad, Krista.


      Aug 03

      Krista – In the deep south chayote squash goes by the name mirliton. It’s like the squash of New Orleans. Shrimp stuffed mirliton is a very popular dish there.

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