Buko Lychee Salad

Creamy and refreshing Buko Lychee Salad combines young coconut strips, juicy lychee, coconut jelly, cream, and sweetened condensed milk. Dive into tropical bliss with our latest dessert creation! Creamy, refreshing, and oh-so-delicious, this treat is perfect for any occasion. #BukoLycheeSalad #TropicalDesserts #FilipinoCuisine

Salad, in Filipino culture, isn’t just a mix of greens and veggies. When Filipinos think of salad, it often means a delightful dessert, and one of the most beloved is the Buko Salad. Today, I want to introduce you to a refreshing twist on this classic: Buko Lychee Salad.

Buko, also known as young coconut, is a staple in Filipino cuisine, especially in desserts. It’s available all year round in the Philippines, making it a versatile ingredient for many sweet treats. The traditional Buko Salad is a favourite at special occasions, but this Buko Lychee Salad offers a unique and delicious variation that’s perfect for any gathering.

The combination of fresh young coconut strips and juicy lychee creates a delightful harmony of tropical flavours. This salad is creamy, sweet, and irresistibly refreshing, making it an ideal dessert for sweltering summer days or festive celebrations. The addition of coconut jelly, cream, and sweetened condensed milk elevates this dessert to a whole new level of deliciousness.

Buko salad, usually anglicised as young coconut salad, is a Filipino fruit salad dessert made from strips of fresh young coconut 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. By changing the ratio of milk, Buko Salad can also become a beverage, known as samalamig, or a frozen dessert version called ice buko.

The beauty of Buko Salad lies in its versatility. It can incorporate numerous other ingredients ranging from fruits, agar jellies, sago, kaong, tapioca pearls, nata de coco, macapuno, and more. Some versions are popular enough to be considered distinct subtypes, such as Buko Halo-Halo, Buko Melon, and Buko Pandan.

Buko Lychee Salad is one of these delightful variations. The succulent lychee pairs beautifully with the tender young coconut, creating a dessert that’s both refreshing and indulgent. Here’s a simple recipe to try:

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Buko Lychee Salad

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Creamy and refreshing Buko Lychee Salad combines young coconut strips, juicy lychee, coconut jelly, cream, and sweetened condensed milk.


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  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the young coconut strips, lychee, and coconut jelly.
  2. Add the whipped or thickened cream and sweetened condensed milk to the bowl.
  3. Mix everything together until well combined.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.
  5. Serve cold and enjoy this refreshing, creamy dessert.

This Buko Lychee Salad is super easy to make and loaded with tropical flavours that everyone will love. Inspired by the original Buko Salad, this variation is perfect for those who adore lychee. It’s a wonderful addition to any dessert table and guaranteed to be a hit at your next gathering.

Not only is this salad a treat for the taste buds, but it also highlights the versatility of buko in Filipino cuisine. So, the next time you’re looking for a simple yet delicious dessert, give this Buko Lychee Salad a try. You’ll be surprised at how quickly it disappears!


9 Responses

  1. Had lots of lychee when I was a kid..this is a mouthwatering dessert and has me crave some lychee from my hometown.

  2. This sounds like such a great dessert for a hot summer day! Fresh coconut is a little harder to find around here, but it can be done. Lychee is available in cans at the Asian markets, too. I can imagine serving this to friends on the back porch at the end of the evening!

  3. Hannah says:

    So simple, cool, refreshing, and just the right amount of indulgent! I never think about lychees, honestly, and that’s a real shame. I need to make up for lost time, starting with this treat.

  4. sherry says:

    this sounds so delicious Raymund! I love lychees and who doesn’t love condensed milk?

  5. This is a lovely and intriguing dessert as the combination of lychees and coconut sounds lovely. And I think I’d like to have this coconut jelly on its own.

  6. So refreshing, Raymund! I wish I could find fresh lychees here. I have been making a lot of recipes using the syrup.

  7. Inger says:

    This does look like a tropical delight. I’ll have to try to make this if I go to Florida next winter!

  8. Eva Taylor says:

    My Mom introduced us to Lychee in the 1970’s (well before your time); she was always interested in trying new things from around the world. At that time, we did not have much access to unique unusual fruits and vegetables, so whenever something new came up, she bought some and we tried it. This dessert looks and sounds fantastic, so refreshing.

  9. Hannah says:

    I’m all about a “salad” you can eat for dessert, especially when it’s so easy to make! I almost never think to make anything with lychees, but this would be such a lovely change of pace. I’ll have to make this next time I can find them.

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