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Buko Pandan Salad Recipe in 3 Easy Steps

Updated on February 26, 2015

MY Passion for Preparing Desserts

Since I can remember, I have been preparing desserts for the family during the holidays and other special occasions. I started with simple ones until I was allowed to make more complicated recipes including macaroni salad, leche flan, buko salad, cakes and fruit salad. A few years back, I have discovered the buko pandan dessert in a party. I liked the simplicity of the recipe but I was a bit disappointed with the flavor. It seems that the one who made the dessert was not particular with what he/she was preparing.

I began to come up with my own recipe and process of preparation. It was trial and error for the most part because it is necessary that the coconut and Pandan flavor should not be overpowered by all other ingredients.

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Why You Should Make this Dessert?

Commonly, the salad recipes that we make had been passed on from generation to generation. It is a good family practice to ensure that the family recipe is enjoyed by future generations. But it is never wrong to add a good treat that will be handed on to generations to come. This is the reason why I always make it a point to surprise my family by preparing new desserts that will complement other dishes.

The Buko Pandan dessert is a simple recipe that I have learned to loved. I would recommend this to all those people needing a new treat that will excite family and friends. It is a must-try dessert because: (1) It is quick and easy to prepare, (2) It is refreshing to the taste buds, (3) It complements with all kinds of meat and vegetable dishes, (4) The ingredients blend well, (5) And the add-on ingredients do not overpower the buko pandan flavor.

3-Step Buko Pandan Dessert

My own version of this salad recipe is creamier and fluffier. I prefer it that way because my family enjoys the texture. What I mean about creamier and fluffier is that it is similar to the consistency of an ice cream. You can adjust the all-purpose cream and condensed milk quantity. For a less creamy dessert, tone reduce the cream. For a sweeter treat, add more milk. The success of this dessert will depend on your preference.


  • Grated young coconut meat (grated from 3 whole coconut fruits)
  • 1 box unflavored Green gelatin (90g or 3.17oz)
  • 10 ml pandan flavor extract
  • 2 - 250 ml All-purpose cream (chilled overnight)
  • 1 - 12oz White sugar palm fruit / kaong (drained)
  • 1 - 12oz White coconut cream /nata de coco (drained)
  • 150 ml condensed milk


  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon


1. Prepare the ingredients.

2. Cook the gelatin according to package instructions. Pour and mix Pandan flavor. Set aside to cool. Cut into squares when cooled.

3. Place coconut meat on the mixing bowl. Spread all-purpose cream and condensed milk. Mix in kaong, nata de coco, and gelatin.

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Buko Definition

Buko, widely known as coconut, refers to the seed or fruit of the coconut palm. It is recognized as the most versatile fruit since every part serves its purpose.

A young coconut's juice is good for drinking.The meat is perfect for various food delicacies and substitutes.The shell can be manufactured into handicrafts and charcoal.And the husk is good source for Coir, a natural fiber used for rope and other products such as doormats, mattresses, and brushes.A mature coconut still contains juice but it is fit to be processed into oil.Its meat can be dried (called copra) and the milk and oil extracted can be used for cooking. The oil is also used as an ingredient in soaps and cosmetics.The coconut palm is normally found in tropical and subtropic areas such as the Philippines. Every part of the tree itself is useful.The roots can be use for medicinal purposes and beverage.The trunk is good for construction use. The wood from the trunk can be turned into furniture and novelty items.The leaves are a great source for paper pulp. It can also be turned into fruit trays, bags, fans, and many other items.

Pandan Definition

Pandan is a popular food flavoring in Southeast Asia. It is extracted from Pandan leaves from a plant widely cultivated in tropical areas. The plant is upright with fan-shaped sprays of long, narrow, and blade-like leaves.

Other Buko Pandan Salad Recipes in Video

There are varieties of recipes for this particular dessert. Some people prefer it sweeter. Others mix in a few ingredients to add more texture. Quite a few top this treat with ice cream and fresh fruits.

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