Buko salad

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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] [5]

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 many 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, a combination of buko salad and halo-halo from Koronadal City, South Cotabato

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.[6][7]

Buko melon

A variant of buko salad with chunks of cantaloupes and various jelly desserts.[8]

Buko pandan

Buko pandan with gulaman cubes flavored with pandan leaf extracts from Baler, Aurora

A popular variant of buko salad whose secondary ingredient are green gulaman (agar) cubes flavored with pandan leaf extracts.[9][10]

Buko lychee

Buko lychee is a combination of buko and lychee, a variant of buko salad.[11]

Ube macapuno

A salad made with another common traditional pairing, that of ube halaya (mashed purple yam) and macapuno.[12][13]

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