A simple and elegant, EASY side dish made from an exotic, but inexpensive squash. Paired with chicken or fish, it rounds out a weeknight supper.

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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add garlic, squash, salt, pepper, sugar, and red pepper flakes. Stir together and cook 2 to 3 minutes.

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  • Add vinegar to the squash mixture and cook 2 to 3 minutes longer, until the squash is slightly wilted, but still firm and crunchy. Taste, and add more salt or sugar if needed.

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Nutrition Facts

89.8 calories; 1 g protein; 7.2 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 584.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (82)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2009
This was very good but I did change the recipe a bit. I had just returned from Guatemala and knew they never used vinegar but mostly lime juice. I replace the vinegar with lime juice. I also used 1/2 teas. of red pepper flakes and added 1/4 of a chopped onion. It had just enough bite to be great and the lime juice worked very well. It was a hit, will make it again. It makes a different vegetab;e side dish. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/02/2011
The flavor was too overpowering for the squash. Tasted like pickled squash or something. This didn't do it for me. Read More
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97 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 55
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2009
This was very good but I did change the recipe a bit. I had just returned from Guatemala and knew they never used vinegar but mostly lime juice. I replace the vinegar with lime juice. I also used 1/2 teas. of red pepper flakes and added 1/4 of a chopped onion. It had just enough bite to be great and the lime juice worked very well. It was a hit, will make it again. It makes a different vegetab;e side dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2009
Add 1/2 thin sliced onion and sautee until fragrant and brown with the gralic before adding the chokos. Substitute lime juice for the vinegar and you are set! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/27/2008
This is good. I love chayote but this was my first time cooking it. I ended up needing some more cooking time - probably about 15 inutes total. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/01/2010
I found this squash in the store when looking for something different for dinner. I have never had it before - it certainly looks strange. I settled on this recipe based on ratings, and I wasn't disappointed. After reading reviews, the only thing I did differently was to use lime juice instead of the vinegar, though I think I'll try it with the vinegar next time just to see. Anyway, I think these need to be cooked slightly longer than the 6 minutes as directed, even if you like them a bit crunchy. As for the taste of the squash, it's kind of like a cross between a potato, squash, and eggplant if you can imagine that. A very light, crisp flavor. The seasoning was just the right mix of heat and sweet - though next time I may kick both up a bit. Overall, I'm happy to have found a new side dish and will be trying this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/24/2008
Great simple recipe. I added thin sliced onion like another reviewer suggested and it was great. I used a mirin/rice wine vinegar combo for a little asian twist. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2009
This is soooo good!!! Made as recipe is except per other reviewer traded vinegar for lime juice- oooh soo tasty! this tastes like a gourmet side dish you'd get at a nice restaurant. I loved it! it was a bit spicy with a 1/4 teaspoon but again Very Tasty!!! thanks!!! Chayote is soo low calories too that i didn't feel bad with the oil.;) yum Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2009
YUM! I received some chayote squash in our church's Angel Food Menu Latin Veggie box and didn't have the first clue what to do with them - this recipe was perfect! Had everything on hand even some limes to swap out for the vinegar. SO easy and SO good. Even my little ones tried/ate a few bites (the red pepper flakes were quite spicy though - might want to leave them out if you're trying to broad your children's vegetable horizon) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2010
First time I've ever had this squash. I loved the recipe as it was q simple way to try it the first time. It was very good. I didn't have a lime so I did use the wine vineger splenda (diabetic) and light sprinkle of cayanne pepper..really good. Not only will I buy it again but I will use this recipe along with others again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2009
Loved it! Subsituted lime juice for the red wine vinegar. I used ground red pepper to give it some bite. This will become a regular side at our place. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/02/2011
The flavor was too overpowering for the squash. Tasted like pickled squash or something. This didn't do it for me. Read More
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