Packed Lunch #19: Kabocha Salad

This salad was borne out of fear. Yes, kind of. Let me explain. I steamed some kabocha squash chunks to be share with Asher (my Cavalier pup). Then after steaming and waiting for it to cool, I decided to Google to see if dogs can eat squash. Turns out… no. Seems it’s toxic to dogs. At least that was what 5 websites I read said. But someone from my church told me she feeds her Shitzu kabocha once a week. Her dog is ever so healthy and well. I’m not sure what to believe sometimes.
Kabocha Salad 1

I think I’ll stick to feeding him watermelon. He’s kinda obsessed.
Asher Watermelon

Look at those anticipative eyes. “GIVE ME MY WATERMELON NOW!”
Asher Watermelon 2

So in wanting to play it safe, I decided to do the difficult thing by finishing the kabocha cubes myself.  Oh, the trouble! 😛
Kabocha Salad 2

This was really mostly impromptu.
Kabocha Salad 3

Much like when we decided to get Asher. Heh. Good thing he’s cute. And has crazy furry paws. Don’t worry, we got his paw furs trimmed. 
Asher Cucumber

I love how colourful this lunch salad is! Along with a textural burst.. creamy kabocha, crunchy cucumber, juicy tomato, tangy lime juice… I feel all healthy already just looking at this picture.
Kabocha Salad 5

Here’s another picture of Asher for good measure. (ha! that rhymes!)
Asher Resting

 He doubled in size within 4 months.
Stay cute, pup. ♥


 “And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in His salvation.” {Psalm 35:9}

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Packed Lunch #19: Kabocha Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 1 generous serving
  • 1 slice Kabocha Squash, seeded (compulsory) & peeled (optional)
  • ½ Japanese Cucumber
  • 1 small Tomato
  • 1 stalk Scallion
  • juice of ¼ Lime, more to taste
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Cube up squash to preferred size. Steam for about 10 minutes until flesh is fork tender. Alternatively, place in a microwave-safe bowl with a splash of water, cover with heat-safe cling wrap & microwave on HIGH for 2-3 minutes, longer if cubes are bigger. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile half tomato & discard seeds. Cube up.
  3. Cut cucumber into cubes as well.
  4. Thinly slice scallions.
  5. In a bowl, mix everything together with lime juice & a pinch of salt & pepper. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  6. If not serving immediately, store in refrigerator. Salad is pretty good slightly warm as well!

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