Buko Fruit Salad Recipe

Buko Fruit Salad is always part of Filipino menu during festive celebrations like the holidays, birthdays, and town fiestas. This is why a buko fruit salad recipe ranks top of the most-searched Filipino recipes.

The main ingredient in this salad is the meat of young coconut or 'buko'. The soft and sweet succulent buko meat gives off a distinct taste even when fused with the taste of different other fruit ingredients. People make their own versions with others adding cheese or ground peanut, and even nata de coco, or canned fruit to the mixture. The recipe provided here is just one the basic that will make an authentic Filipino buko salad dessert.

The Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of young coconut meat 'buko', shredded
  • 8 bananas, sliced into half-rings
  • 3 apples, cored and peeled
  • 3 large sweet mangoes, diced
  • 1 cup Raisins
  • 1 cup Nestle cream, chilled
  • 1 can Condensed milk, chilled
  • 1/4 slice of lemon

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Procedure:

  1. Drain and remove the young coconut meat 'buko' from its shell, then cut them into slivers of 1/2-inch wide and 2-inch long, or you may shred them if you prefer it this way. Make sure you don't scrape the meat too close to the shell.
  2. Peel, core and dice the apple. Place in the bowl with water mixed with lemon juice to prevent the fruit from turning black.
  3. Slice the bananas in 1/2-inch ring slices. Dump into the water-lemon mixture as well. Drain the fruits and set aside.
  4. Slice the ripe mango carefully removing the seed in the middle. Make sure not to slice too close into the seed. With a small knife, make a criss-cross pattern in the mango meat and carefully scoop it out. Place in a clean plate and set aside.
  5. Mix all the wet ingredients, the Nestle cream and condensed milk together.
  6. In a large bowl, combine together the young coconut meat or buko, apple, banana, mango meat, raisins, and cream-and-milk mixture. Coat all the fruit ingredients by stirring carefully.
  7. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving in individual salad bowls. Enjoy!

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gmmurgirl 4 years ago from Pilipinas Author

Thanks much, unknown spy. I just found out now that there are many people who are also great buko fans. Buko salad is really on top of everyone's list.


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gmmurgirl 4 years ago from Pilipinas Author

Hello jpmc! Same with you, I am also a BIG buko lover. I hope you and wife will have a great time trying this one out. Thanks!


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gmmurgirl 4 years ago from Pilipinas Author

@J.S. Matthew, I agree with you! Coconut-based recipes are really good, especially on fruit salads. Thanks for liking this hub. Have a great day!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Wow, one of my favorites! voted up and all!


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Proud to be a buko lover! I enjoy comparing buko salads from different restaurants in the Philippines. My wife is also nuts for buko salad. It's simple to make and is a great treat for everyone.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

This sounds delicious! I love fruit salads and coconut is a great addition! I often eat a lot of Cambodian salads and food that have coconut in their recipes. I will have to try this one! Voted up and shared!

JSMatthew~


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gmmurgirl 4 years ago from Pilipinas Author

Hi Dr.Rabie! Yes, sure but I hope 'buko' or young coconut meat is available in your area, because in other parts like the US, my fellowmen seem to have a hard time looking for a store with it. I think this dessert is quite sinful due to the sugar and cream, but if you don't eat it everyday, I guess it's just okay, right? Thanks much!


Dr Mohamed Rabie 4 years ago

Aha!

So, you are really intended to make me try it.

Thank you for help and for that great advice. In fact, I love sweetish foods. :D


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gmmurgirl 4 years ago from Pilipinas Author

Hi again! You may control the sweetness of this salad by reducing the sweetened condensed milk that you put in, depending on your preference for sweetness. If it appears bland to your taste, adding more is okay.Thanks!


Dr Mohamed Rabie 4 years ago

So, I will try it myself. And, I am sure it will be delicious.

Thank you for the reciep!


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gmmurgirl 4 years ago from Pilipinas Author

Hi Dr. Mohamed! Yes, becuase this is a family favorite dessert. Thanks!


Dr Mohamed Rabie 4 years ago

Have you tried it yourself?!

Thank your for sharing!


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gmmurgirl 4 years ago from Pilipinas Author

Hi Sabrani44! Thanks. Salads never go out of season.


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instantlyfamily 4 years ago

Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing.


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gmmurgirl 4 years ago from Pilipinas Author

Thanks Kim! Happy holidays!


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sabrani44 4 years ago

Sounds yummy, I'm gonna try this.


kims3003 4 years ago

Sounds wonderful - I am printing and going to try it this weekend.

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