Raw Butternut Squash Slaw Recipe

by Candice Davis

A couple of weeks ago I saw a tiny, pricey package of butternut squash slaw in Whole Foods.

It was in the fresh foods section, but I couldn’t tell if the squash was raw or not. A quick scan of the ingredients, and I was pretty sure this would be an easy dish to replicate at home. I swapped out some ingredients to work with what I have.

Raw Butternut Squash Slaw


1 medium butternut squash, seeded and peeled

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons raw apple cider vinegar (can sub lemon or lime juice)

1 medium apple diced

1 small handful cilantro, chopped (about 2 tablespoons)

1/3 cup cranberries, golden raisins, or a mixture of both

1/3 cup walnuts, chopped

Dash sea salt

Red pepper flakes to taste

What to do:
This is a great time to use your food processor. Use the shred setting to shred all the butternut squash. (It took me a minute to figure out that doing it by hand was a fool’s errand.)

In a medium bowl, toss the squash with olive oil and vinegar. Add the apple, cilantro, dried fruit, and walnuts, and toss well.

Season with sea salt and red pepper flakes, and toss.

You can serve the slaw immediately or chill it in the fridge for a few hours first.

Notes: Use care in peeling the butternut squash. The skin is thick and can be tough to peel.

I was out of cilantro, and the slaw was still delicious.

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  • http://www.simplehumble.com pea

    I don’t even know what butternut squash is but is sounds delicious and I’m thinking it is a variation on the coleslaw?
    Your recipes are really quite delicious and most importantly healthy. I hope you are thinking of a larger coffee table book at some point. I WILL at some point read the PDF too when things are less hectic and I can give it my full attention.
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    • http://TheRawDifference.com/blog Candice Davis

      Butternut squash is one of my favorites. Yes, this is one of my many variations on cole slaw–just an opportunity to use another vegetable.

      Believe it or not, I’m writing a cookbook with a television chef. It doesn’t have as much of a healthy focus, as it’s targeting a much wider audience, but it does pay the bills!

      Thanks for reading.
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  • Liz

    Purchased some butternut slaw from our local Whole Foods here in Memphis. It was so delicious that I decided to check the internet for some recipes. And there you are! Our slaw was similar, except there was no olive oil listed on the label. Red wine vinegar instead of cider, although it certainly tasted like cider. The apples were shredded. Dates instead of cranberries.
    A winner in my books! Thank you!

    • http://TheRawDifference.com/blog Candice Davis

      That’s awesome! I love finding ways to make store-bought food more budget-friendly! I hope you enjoy it!

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