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Buko salad

Buko salad
Lychee, mango, macapuno coconut string, nata de coco, jackfruit.jpg
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Top: Buko salad with macapuno, nata de coco, jackfruit, mango, and lychee from Chicago, Illinois
Center: Buko pandan with gulaman cubes flavored with pandan leaf extracts from Baler, Aurora
Bottom: Buko halo, a combination of buko salad and halo-halo from Koronadal City, South Cotabato
Alternative namesYoung coconut salad
Place of originPhilippines
Serving temperatureRoom temperature, chilled
Main ingredientsyoung coconut strips, sweetened milk or cream

Buko salad, usually anglicized as young coconut salad, is a Filipino fruit salad dessert made from strips of fresh young coconut (buko) with sweetened milk or cream and various other ingredients. It is one of the most popular and ubiquitous Filipino desserts served during celebrations and fiestas.[1][2][3][4]

By changing the ratio of milk, buko salad desserts can also become beverages (usually chilled or with shaved ice), known generally as samalamig. A frozen dessert version of the dish is known as ice buko.


Buko salad can have endless variations as it can incorporate numerous other ingredients ranging from fruits, gulaman (agar) jellies, sago, kaong, tapioca pearls, nata de coco, macapuno, and others. Some versions however are popular enough to be considered as distinct subtypes. They include:

Buko halo

Buko halo or buko halo-halo is a combination of buko salad and halo-halo desserts, usually served directly on a coconut shell. It differs from halo-halo in the larger amount of coconut used.[5][6]

Buko melon

A variant of buko salad with chunks of cantaloupes and various jelly desserts.[7]

Buko pandan

A very popular variant of buko salad whose secondary ingredient are green gulaman (agar) cubes flavored with pandan leaf extracts.[8][9]

Ube macapuno

A salad made with another common traditional pairing, that of ube halaya (mashed purple yam) and macapuno.[10][11]

See also


  1. ^ "Buko Salad Recipe". Panlasang Pinoy. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  2. ^ Benayoun, Mike. "Philippines: Buko Salad". 196 Flavors. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Buko Salad". Kawaling Pinoy. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Buko Salad". Ang Sarap. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Buko Halo-Halo". Pinoy Anik Anik. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Buko Halo – Halo Recipe". Panlasang Pinoy Recipes. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  7. ^ Joven, Eduardo. "Buko Melon Salad Recipe". ChoosePhilippines. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Buko Pandan Salad (Filipino Coconut Pandan Dessert)". Salu Salo Recipes. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Buko Pandan Salad". Foxy Folksy. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Ube Macapuno Salad Recipe". Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Ube-Macapuno Salad Recipe". Ping Desserts. Retrieved 23 April 2019.