Delicious Three Sisters Salad Recipe: A Celebration of Indigenous Cuisine

Nov 2, 2023 | Main Courses


Prep Time

Cooking Time

30 minutes
20-25 minutes


Three Sisters Salad Ingredients

– 2 cups roasted corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
– 1 ½ cups cooked black beans
– 2 cups diced butternut squash, roasted or sautéed
– ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro


1. Begin by roasting the corn kernels:
– If using fresh corn, preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Place the corn (with husks) directly on the oven rack and roast for 20-25 minutes until tender. Let it cool before removing the husks and cutting off the kernels.
– If using frozen corn, simply thaw it and pat it dry.

2. Preparing the butternut squash:
– Peel the butternut squash and cut it into small dice.
– Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté the squash until it becomes tender and slightly caramelized. Alternatively, you can roast the diced squash in the oven at 400°F (200°C) for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Allow it to cool.

3. Assembling the salad:
– In a large mixing bowl, combine the roasted corn, black beans, and cooked butternut squash.
– Add the chopped fresh cilantro and mix well, ensuring the ingredients are evenly distributed.

4. Preparing the lime dressing:
– In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, honey (or maple syrup), ground cumin, salt, and pepper until well combined. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste.

5. Drizzling the salad with the lime dressing:
– Pour the lime dressing over the salad mixture and gently toss to coat all the ingredients with the zesty flavors.

6. Let it rest:
– Allow the salad to sit for at least 10 minutes before serving. This will allow the flavors to meld together.

7. Serve and enjoy:
– Garnish the Three Sisters Salad with a sprig of fresh cilantro or an extra squeeze of lime juice for a burst of freshness.
– Serve the salad as a side dish or as a filling and nutritious main course.

Tips and Variations:

Three Sisters Salad Cooking Instructions

– Add a kick of heat by incorporating finely chopped jalapeno or red chili flakes into the lime dressing.
– Enhance the salad’s texture by sprinkling toasted pumpkin seeds or crushed tortilla chips on top.
– For extra creaminess, crumble some feta cheese or avocado chunks over the salad.
– Grilling the corn on the cob before cutting off the kernels will add a delightful smoky flavor to the salad.


Three Sisters Salad

The Three Sisters Salad not only offers a burst of vibrant flavors but also serves as a testament to the rich tapestry of indigenous cultures. It symbolizes the harmony that arises when different elements come together. By incorporating this salad into our culinary repertoire, we commemorate the Native American traditions and honor the wisdom passed down through generations. So, why not invite the spirit of the Three Sisters into your kitchen and experience this delightful dish for yourself?

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