Ensalada Chuchu (recipe)

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Summit Of The Americas

Famous in Brazil
We call chuchu christophene

Chayotes, a member of the squash family, is called Chuchu in Brazil. Combined with onions, they are the main ingredients in this Brazilian traditional salad. Cucumbers may be substituted for the chayote.

I’m not going to lie to you, christophene is one of those ingredients that I struggle to find preparations that I genuinely enjoy. However I’m one of those food enthusiasts that tries really hard to find those preparations that will turn me around, and you know what? Quite often it works!

This recipe, like my post for Steamed Cho-Cho, has been part of my “christophene journey”, a journey, that, truthfully I’m still on!

How about you? Are you #TeamChristophene ?

christophene salad ensalada chuchu

christophene chayote chuchu

Chayote[1] (Sechium edule), also known as mirliton and choko, is an edible plant belonging to the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. This fruit was first cultivated in the Mesoamericas between southern Mexico and Honduras, with the most genetic diversity available in both Mexico and Guatemala.

From Wikipedia

Ensalada Chuchu

Ensalada Chuchu

A traditional Brazilian Salad made of chayotes and onions
Course Salad
Cuisine Latin American
Servings 6


  • 6 christophenes/chayotes or cucumbers peeled and seeded
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 thinly sliced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 teaspoons chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons white vinegar


  • Boil the christophene/chayote or cucumbers for 10 minutes, no more.
    6 christophenes/chayotes or cucumbers
  • Drain.
  • Place in a bowl, then dress with salt, pepper, garlic, onion, parsley, oil and vinegar.
    3 garlic cloves, 1 thinly sliced onion, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 6 teaspoons chopped parsley, 1/4 cup olive oil, 5 tablespoons white vinegar
  • Mix well and refrigerate before serving
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