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Updated: Feb 24, 2022

In a Japanese kabocha salad, there is usually Japanese mayo in it.

I know when using Japanese mayo of course a kabocha salad will be always tasty!!!

In this recipe, I wanted to create a kabocha salad that is a little more on the healthier side.

I used miso paste & cream cheese to enrich the flavor instead of mayonnaise.

To make this plant based then you can always swap cream cheese for vegan mayo which I introduced a couple days ago! hehe

Japanese kabocha is now in season. It usually is quite large so I have to make multiple dishes out of it.

Please take a look if you have extra kabocha to finish! haha



<Yield> 2 servings

<Prep time> 5 minutes

<Cook time> 9 minutes


10.5oz (300g) kabocha squash

½ onion

your favorite nuts


2 ½ tablespoons cream cheese

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon yellow miso

1 teaspoon milk

½ teaspoon salt

black pepper

<Optional toppings>

fresh dill


1. Rinse the kabocha and remove the seeds. Transfer onto a microwave safe container and pop it into the microwave at 600w for about 4 minutes. After, flip the kabocha over and continue to microwave for another 3 minutes. Mash it up and set it aside. You can also steam the kabocha.

2. Slice the onion thinly. Stir fry the onions until they have caramelized. Don’t forget to season them with a pinch of salt and pepper.

3. In a bowl add in the cooked kabocha, miso paste, olive oil, cream cheese and caramelized onions. Toss everything together and adjust the taste with salt. Spread over your favorite bread. Sprinkle on crushed walnuts and add in generous amount of freshly cracked black pepper. Now it's ready to be enjoyed!

<Miwa's tips>

・You can make this ahead of time but I recommend adding the nuts right before you serve it to retain the crunchy texture.

・To make this a more rich and decadent recipe, you can stir fry bacon together with the onions. Also you can also add in 1 teaspoon of mayo.

<Recommended side dish>

<Storage time>

Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.


<Did you try this recipe??>

Let me know by tagging me on Instagram

I love to see your creations!

<MIWA’s recommendations♡>

- First E-cookbooks are now available! I hope this will be helpful and enjoyable in your kitchen^^

-Please check out beautiful Japanese tableware to decorate your table! Use my code MIWA to get 5% off from your purchase!

-If you need very sharp quality knife, I highly recommend this handmade Japanese knife made by 80 years old Japanese maker!


2020/09/09 MIWA

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