10 Recipes That Celebrate Indigenous American Food Traditions

We adore making a light and refreshing side dish with this combination of savory and sweet vegetables to accompany any dinner. 


Corn, beans, and winter squash are the Three Sisters of Indigenous Mesoamerican gardening, but their advantages extend beyond providing a potent combination of nutrients. 

Three Sisters Dish

Salmon is considered a sacred food by tribes in the Pacific Northwest, and grilling salmon over a cedar plank is a technique that originated with the Nez Perce, Yakima, and Umatilla tribes. 

Cedar Plank Salmon

Roasted turnips, like radishes and parsnips, become incredibly delicious. Purple-top turnips, which are larger and have thicker skin than Japanese types like hakurei, are what is used in this dish 

Roasted Turnip

You will be wondering why you do not cook bison more frequently after tasting these meatballs.  

Bison Meatball

Chayote, a member of the squash family, is extremely mellow and will absorb every flavor in your pot. If unavailable, zucchini might be a simple substitution. 

Chayote With Dried Green Chile

Native American cuisine places a high value on corn, or maize, and there is no food that better reflects this appreciation than tamales. Not only are tamales delicious, but they are also a fantastic cooking project that can be completed


You can customize this hearty wild rice salad in countless ways. Feel free to substitute any vegetable that appears the freshest at your local grocery store or farmers' market for those on the list. 

Wild Rice With Root Vegetable

One winter squash that does not get enough attention is delicata squash. Compared to other squashes, it is considerably easier to handle due to its small size, and it cooks much more quickly. 

Roasted Delicata Squash

Pozole is a traditional Zuni pueblo cuisine that is considered sacred. Do not be put off by the amount of time required to make this incredibly delectable pozole dish. 

Best-Ever Pozole

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