Buko salad is a popular dessert which you might often see during special occasions such as Christmas, fiestas, and even birthday celebrations.
This delectable dessert became a part of the Filipino culture. And you can even say that it symbolizes your bond with your loved ones since it became a perfect gift and serves as a representation of what reminds you of them whenever you see each other during memorable occasions, right? Or is this going too far?
Nevertheless, there’s no question that this special dessert would certainly give you memorable moments with the ones you hold dear.
In this article, we are going to help you learn how to make the perfect buko salad for your family. Making one yourself makes it worth it, since making an effort for the ones in your heart–no matter how hard or easy it may be–is a sure way of expressing your love for them.
So be sure to read on and see what’s in store for you.
What is Buko Salad?
Buko Salad is a dessert very well-known here in our country which commonly uses a combination of fruits, shredded coconut fillings, some nata de coco, and sugar palms lathered in a thick coconut cream and condensed milk.
You might easily compare this to another popular dessert which is the fruit salad. But the main difference is-well, you already know–this dish makes use of young coconuts’ potential.
What’s so special about coconuts, you might ask. One good reason here is–even though this dish serves as a dessert–it still has a lot of health benefits.
The most popular among these is that it has a high nutrient content, it contains a lot of antioxidants, and it has properties which promote a healthier heart. So these are all the more reasons to give this dish more meaning when you prepare it for special occasions.
How To Make Buko Salad?
Making buko salad is as easy as putting things together and arranging them in a presentable manner. All you have to do is prepare all of your ingredients and mix them in one large mixing bowl, and chill them afterwards. And that’s all there is to do! It is best served after a hearty dinner or even during afternoons.
Also, one good thing about the Buko Salad is it doesn’t really have a strict set of ingredients that we have to follow. While, yes, this recipe gives you specific ingredients you can follow for an easier approach, it will ultimately be up to you on what fruits you want to add or maybe even other ingredients you also want to add which can give more flavor and personality to it.
Think of it as a way to make this super easy dish more special. This is a good opportunity to make it truly about you and what you make.
Other Ingredients You Can Add
Other ingredients you can add are a variety of fruits you can think of at the top of your head. Some suggestions are:
- canned peaches
- canned pears
- canned lychees
Or even fresh fruits like:
- diced apples
If you’re feeling a little extra, you can even add yogurt in the mix and maybe some nuts which can complement the flavor of the salad.
For a quick reference about this recipe, see the recipe table below:
Buko Salad Recipe
- 500 g buko (young coconut meat), shredded
- 1 can fruit cocktail
- 1 can whole kernel corn
- 340 g kaong
- 340 g nata de coco
- 2 cups all-purpose cream, approx 2 packs
- 150 ml condensed milk, depends on preferred sweetness level
- 200 g processed cheddar cheese, diced (Eden, Cheezee, Ques-O)
- 1 cup sago
- Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Carefully mix all the ingredients until everything is well-distributed
- Place in a refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours (or in a freezer for 1 hour if you can’t wait to enjoy this)
- Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy!