Roasted Red Kuri Squash with Cannellini Bean and Spinach Salad

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Roasted Red Kuri Squash with Cannellini Beans and Spinach

Roasted Red Kuri Squash

Roasted Red Kuri Squash

Cannellini Bean and Spinach Salad

To follow up from the delicata squash tacos I posted on Saturday, I wanted to share another (different) squash recipe. I think it's easy to get blinded by the shear amount of butternut squash and pumpkin recipes out there when really, there's a wide scope of delicious squash. Red kuri squash may look like a pumpkin but it's nutty, pronounced flavor makes it perfect for standing on it's own. Like the delicata, you can also eat the shell if you want. The nice thing about this recipe is you can choose to eat or not eat the skin (but still not have to peel!)

Variations for the Red Kuri Squash

The main drive behind the recipe was really to showcase the red kuri squash and have a beautiful fork/knife vegetarian meal. However, as I was editing photos, I realized what a wonderful dish this would be for the holidays. I'm always on the lookout for fresh, easy to assemble ideas and this one definitely fits within that.

Swap it out: I know that you might not be able to find the red kuri squash in your area but this recipe works well with acorn squash (another of my favorite hard squashes). Prepare it in the same way (I've made a similar recipe with quinoa topped acorn squash).

Add some toasted breadcrumbs: I purposely left these off to leave this recipe gluten-free but I love the addition of toasted breadcrumbs. Makes for a nice finishing to the dish.

White beans: I used cannellini beans because I like the meatier texture/larger bean but other beans, such as the great northern, navy or even chickpeas would work in this salad.


Roasted Red Kuri Squash with Cannellini Bean and Spinach Salad

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings 1x


  • Squash
  • 1 red kuri squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Salad
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups cannellini beans, drained and rinsed if using canned
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon julienned basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1 ounce goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375˚. Using a sharp knife, cut the squash in half from the top to bottom then cut each section in half. Scoop out the seeds and place in a baking dish. Rub with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast until tender, 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  2. While the squash is roasting, combine the spinach with the beans, onion, herbs, and goat cheese. whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice, pour over the salad and toss until spinach and beans are well coated. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
  3. To serve, divide the salad evenly amount the squash.

Roasted Red Kuri Squash with Cannellini Bean and Spinach Salad

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24 comments on “Roasted Red Kuri Squash with Cannellini Bean and Spinach Salad”

  1. I am so glad that you published this recipe because it was just in time for our dinner! I had a red kuri squash sitting on the counter from our CSA and you were just the inspiration I needed. I made more of a Mexican version, roasted the squash with cumin and used black beans, lime and cilantro. It was so good!
    Also, we were pressed for time so I cranked my oven to 425 to roast the squash and it was ready in less than 30 minutes if anybody is curious.

  2. I love this dish, it looks amazing. I always get confused about what is considered a squash and what is a pumpkin, at the end I say pumpkin to everything that is orange and round haha. Also in stores here, everything is sold as 'pumpkin' so it's hard to tell.

  3. I just got a kuri squash when we went pumpkin picking last weekend, and thought, "ooh! This is pretty!" But I've been wondering how to use it for cooking. This recipe looks fantastic!

  4. I have to admit that although I've seen them at the market, I've never picked up a kuri squash. There's no good reason for it, and this beautiful dish has inspired me to go for it the next time I see one!

  5. I have never tried a kuri squash but this recipe looks delicious. I will pick one up and try this recipe.

  6. Oh this is perfect. I have a red kuri squash sitting on my counter as I dither about what to do with it. I finally have an answer. Thank you Erin!

  7. Please can I have the recipe for roasted pepper and tomatoe soup with CANNELLINI beans and Tamara sauce.

    1. Hi Janet, I'm not really sure what recipe you are searching for as that particular combination is not one I've used.

  8. Wow - this will fast become a new favorite. I modified slightly - I used dandelion instead of spinach - it's what I had. I didn't rinse the fluid from the beans - I cooked the squash, then cut it into squares and just added it to the salad mixings. Chilled and ate the next day. Perfect!

  9. So delicious! Made homemade “croutons” out of pita bread. Had to make do with what I had on hand so used feta instead of goat cheese which added a nice saltiness that balanced the sweetness of the squash. Will make this often and in different variations over the upcoming winter!

  10. Would give this 10 stars if I could. Was introduced to red kuri squash this summer and we love it. This recipe will be in our regular rotation. I also used feta as it was in the fridge. DH loved this too! Probably won't vary it much as it was awesome just as written

  11. Made this on a rainy New England night ( tonight ) . My husband and I loved it ! I added dried cranberries for a twist and it all ingredients worked together .

  12. I made this yesterday and it was delicious. I'm definitely making this again. I am a vegan so I substituted part of Miyoko's Double Cream Chive vegan cheese wheel for the goat cheese and it tasted good!

  13. We grow more kuri squash in our French potager than any other squash. They are called ‘potimarron’ here, as the flavour is supposed to include a bit of chestnut ( ‘marron’, or chataigne).
    I use them to make both savoury and sweet pumpkin pies.

  14. Today it is time to harvest the kuri squash...I have never had it s... I found this recipe...Can't wait to try it!!

  15. Great idea! Didn't have spinach so I used arugula, added some tahini to the dressing and sprinkled with sumac. Really delicious idea for a fall/winter salad. Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. I made this with acorn squash and it was incredibly delicious. Will be adding this to my collection. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!! Thanks for sharing!!


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