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Roasted Chayote Squash with Herbs #FreakyFruitsFriday

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Serve this delicate mild-tasting squash side dish with your next dinner. Roasted Chayote Squash with Herbs is an easy dish to prepare and is delicious to eat.

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This is the second Friday for our #FreakyFruitsFriday event hosted by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla and sponsored by Melissa’s Produce.  I had only heard of a few of the fruits that were sent to me and the others had me doing some research to see what they were all about.  The Freaky Fruits really aren’t freaky as much as they are very cool-looking fruits.  

Melissa's Produce box of freaky fruits


In our boxes we received Kiwano Melons, Passion Fruits, Cherimoya, Rambutans, Dragonfruits, Pomegranates, Strawberry Papayas, Blood Oranges, and Chayote Squash.  How many of them have you heard of or tried?

Next Friday will be our last freaky fruit Friday but we will be sharing our recipes using the freaky fruits today and next week. At the end of this post, you will find the recipes linked up today for the event.  They are GOOD! You can also search the #FreakyFruitsFriday hashtag on social media.  Also, be sure to follow the #FreakyFruitsFriday Pinterest board.

For this recipe, I used the Chayote Squash that was sent and added a few other ingredients to turn it into a side dish.  This squash is considered a fruit (like the tomato) and it’s light green color with the mild cucumber taste makes it perfect to roast in the oven.  It does take longer to roast than other squashes I have cooked. 

chayote squash from Melissa's Produce
Image from Melissa’s Produce website


You can eat all of the chayote, the skin and seeds included.  It can be eaten raw, used in soups, or roast it as I did.  The squash takes on the flavorings used with it, which makes it a perfect food to cook with. 

Tips to Make this Recipe:

Dice the chayote squash into about  1-inch pieces and place on a baking sheet with the onions, herbs and seasonings. Then drizzle the olive oil and toss gently to coat.  Roast in oven till tender, about 40-45 min.  Serve!

Chayote Squash and onions on sheet pan ready to roast


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Chayote roasted with herbs

Roasted Chayote Squash with Herbs

Serve this delicate mild-tasting squash side dish with your next dinner. Roasted Chayote Squash with Herbs is an easy dish to prepare and is delicious to eat.
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  • 1 chayote squash
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tbsp olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut chayote squash into about one inch pieces. No need to peel or remove seeds. You can eat the entire fruit.
  • Place squash on baking sheet with the onions and the herbs. Season with a little salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil over the mixture and toss gently to coat everything.
  • Roast in oven for about 40-45 minutes or until tender.
    Serve immediately.

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Chayote roasted with herbs


#FreakyFruitsFriday Recipes for October 11, 2019


October 18th is the last Freaky Fruits event!




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  1. I had only heard of 4 of the fruits you received. Sounds like an interesting assortment and since I have yet to find a squash I don’t like I bet I’d love this dish.

  2. 4 stars
    I’m gonna give this four stars bc, although I haven’t actually made it yet, I randomly happen to have all the necessary ingredients—this sounds like a simple& hearty recipe. I’m a chayote squash beginner, so I’m not expecting anything groundbreaking, but roasted veg/fruit is roasted veg/fruit, right? You season it how you like, throw it in the oven for a bit & basically hope for deliciousness! I’m prepped & nearly ready to put it the oven, so hopefully it’ll turn into something I’ll want to make again. If not, that’s cool. I really love experimenting w different produce, ingredients, flavor profiles etc so I’m excited. It sounds to me like chayote is kind of the South American equivalent to zucchini… like it easily takes on the flavors you use throughout your entire dish. I’m fairly good at zucchini, so I guess I’m confident about chayote. I’m choosing to roast bc…well tbh my stovetop is otherwise occupied & if I’m going to use it, today’s the day. I’ve been eating a vegan diet for a few years now, & it’s typically fun to try a new recipe or technique (I say “typically” bc it’s not allllways a win, but it’s usually edible lol!). Thanks for all the info!