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Buko Fruit Salad

Dec 31

buco fruit salad

New Year’s Eve media noche must have a fruit salad on the dinner table. The most popular fruit salad is the Buko salad. The popularity of fruits during New Year’s Eve celebration is part of the tradition to bring in good luck, fortune and prosperity. Even before the New Year arrives, my children already wants to eat it.

5 large cans of Del Monte Fruit Cocktail (Imported)
Grated Coconut meat from 10 buko (young coconut)
2 cans lychees
1 small bottle nata de coco (green)
1 small bottle nata de coco (red)
1 small bottle kaong (green)
1/4 kilo seedless grapes
3 small china apples , cubed
2 can condensed milk
2 packs Nestle Cream
1 can Peaches for topping
Optional : walnuts, water chestnuts for extra texture
Few red or green kaong for topping

1. Drain the fruits from the can for at least 2 hours. This is to prevent a soggy fruit salad.

2. When all the juices have been drained, mix all the fruits together in a bowl.

mix fruit salad

3. Add the condensed milk and cream till well blended.

4. Transfer to serving bowls and top with peaches and cherries. I also add green kaong for additional decor.

fruit salad

5. Freeze or Refrigerate properly. (Buko spoils if not refrigerated or frozen. I prefer to freeze the rest of the buko salad if it isn’t eaten within the day.)

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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (390 Posts)

Noemi, Editor of Blog Watch and features editor of Philippine Online Chronicles is a 55 year old mother to three kids and is married to Atty. Luis H. Dado. She loves being a full time mother and homemaker after retiring as a Researcher/Consultant from the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries in 1987. Now that her children are all college graduates, she devotes her time to grief support, blogging, new media events and using her blogs to promote online advocacies. Her personal blog is at, which garnered numerous awards such as Best Website, Blog Category during the 9th and 10th Philippine Web Awards. Her blog also won in the Blog- Personal Category of the Web Awards 2007 and Globelines Broadband Family Blog Award (in honor of family-oriented blogging) 2007 Philippine Blog Award. Globe also recognized her as Digital Elder in the 2009 Philippine Blog Award.

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  1. That looks delicious!

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  2. i have eaten this made by pinoy friends, and am loving it! xD

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  3. I freakin love fruit salad! Thanks for the receipe.

  4. hai??? Can U Give /MEh The RECipe Of The very YUmmY fRuit SalaD

  5. thanks for everything! it helped me how to do a fruit salad,… but in the end… i kind of disappointed that they didn’t let us eat it! Haixt…! ^_^

  6. aldrin /

    is that used for dessert or for an appetizer

  7. I’m so glad I saw your recipe. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely try this on Christmas eve!

  8. this looks great! What a lovely tropical fruit salad! It makes me want to be in summer

  9. maezelle /

    wow! my most favorite! *drools*

  10. lady /

    tnx for eveything!

  11. doniemariel t magsino /

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhh sarap tlaga hndi b

  12. This salad looks so inviting! I love my fruit salad with fresh apples and grapes. My grandma would sometimes omit the pineapple chunks and replace them with cubes of frozen mangoes. :)


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