Buko Salad (Filipino Fruit Salad) Recipe

Buko Salad (Filipino Fruit Salad) in a bowl
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
154 Calories
6g Fat
25g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 154
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 22mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 184mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Filipino fruit salad is another one of those dishes which probably originated during the American colonial period when the influx of canned goods from the United States gave birth to dishes with canned food as the primary ingredient. You may prefer fresh fruits in your fruit salad, with or without fresh coconut meat but that's not traditional. In order to fully understand Filipino fruit salad, one has to try this fruit cocktail version.

There are two things that characterize a Filipino fruit salad: All the fruits are canned, and the dressing always includes sweetened condensed milk. There are other preserves that can be added like nata de coco (coconut gel), kaong (palm seeds), and tapioca pearls. The fruit cocktail may also be augmented by canned pineapples and peaches. The meat from buko, or fresh young coconuts (which you can purchase frozen), is often combined with the sweet canned fruits and preserves. Any way you make it, this fruit salad is a refreshing and sweet treat on a hot day.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups canned fruit cocktail, well-drained, chilled

  • 2 cups diced canned peaches, well-drained, chilled

  • 1/2 cup cream, well-chilled

  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk, well-chilled

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for buko (Filipino fruit salad)

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  2. Combine the fruit cocktail and peaches in a bowl and stir.

    Fruit cocktail in a bowl

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  3. Lightly whip the cream and sweetened condensed milk in a measuring cup or bowl.

    Cream and sweetened condensed milk whisked together in a bowl
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  4. Pour the cream and condensed milk over the fruit cocktail and peaches. Stir well.

    Cream mixture poured over the fruit cocktail in a bowl

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  5. Keep chilled until serving time. Serve and enjoy.

    Buko salad (Filipino fruit salad) in a bowl garnished with a cherry
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Variations

Versions of this Filipino fruit salad can vary with the ratio of cream to sweetened condensed milk. This recipe uses a 2-to-1 ratio, but feel free to change the proportions of the ingredients. You may also add canned pineapple and strips of fresh and tender coconut meat if you like, and you have access to them. It makes the salad even more refreshing.