Buko salad
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] [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

See also: Halo-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

See also: Melon sa malamig

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

Buko pandan

See also: Buko pandan drink and Pandan cake

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]


Main article: Lamaw

A popular snack in farming regions because it can be made easily with readily-available ingredients. Made with young coconut meat, milk and sugar (or condensed milk), and saltines or biscuits (also graham crackers). It can also include orange-flavored softdrinks. Usually served on halved coconut shells.[12][13][14]

Ube macapuno

See also: Ube halaya

A salad made with another common traditional pairing, that of ube halaya (mashed purple yam) and macapuno.[15][16]

See also


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  4. ^ "Buko Salad". Ang Sarap. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  5. ^ Joven, Eduardo. "Buko Pandan Salad Recipe". Pinoy Recipe At Iba Pa. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  6. ^ "Buko Halo-Halo". Pinoy Anik Anik. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "Buko Halo – Halo Recipe". Panlasang Pinoy Recipes. Archived from the original on June 27, 2020. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Joven, Eduardo. "Buko Melon Salad Recipe". Pinoy Recipe At Iba Pa. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  9. ^ "Buko Pandan Salad (Filipino Coconut Pandan Dessert)". Salu Salo Recipes. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  10. ^ "Buko Pandan Salad". Foxy Folksy. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  11. ^ "Buko Lycheen Salad". Pinoy Recipe at Iba. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
  12. ^ "Buko Lamaw: The Dessert of the Visayas". bitlanders. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  13. ^ De Jaresco, Bingo. "A look at coconut industry prospects". Negros Chronicle. Archived from the original on December 8, 2021. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  14. ^ "LAMAW (Lāmaw): A delectable young Coconut dessert beverage in the Philippines". busy. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  15. ^ "Ube Macapuno Salad Recipe". PinoyRecipe.net. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  16. ^ "Ube-Macapuno Salad Recipe". Ping Desserts. Retrieved April 23, 2019.