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Filipino fruit salad recipe with walnut oil

Filipino fruit salad recipe with walnut oil

  • 2

    Serving

  • Prep Time

    Prep Time 5'

  • Total Time

    Total Time 7′

  • Easy

    Easy

  • Vegan

    Vegan

  • 2

    Serving

  • Prep Time

    Prep Time 5'

    PT5M
  • Total Time

    Total Time 7'

    PT7M
  • Easy

    Easy

  • Vegan

    Vegan

Vegan

This fabulous Filipino fruit salad is a staple at Christmas and other celebrations. Our healthier version, made lighter with fresh fruit and whipped coconut milk, is vegan-friendly and perfect to serve at parties, or after a family dinner.

What is Filipino fruit salad?

As we’ve taken some liberties with the classic recipe here, let’s start off by explaining what a traditional Filipino fruit salad entails.

Usually this sweet and creamy dessert is made with canned fruit cocktail. The fruit is bound together with sweetened condensed milk, and possibly cream cheese.

As with so many family favourites, the variations on this basic recipe are innumerable. Some people swap out the fruits, adding in fresh apple or canned lychees. Others bring in unexpected ingredients including corn, cheddar cheese, coconut gel and maraschino cherries (although not necessarily together!)

It seems that every family has their own version of this classic fruit salad, so we don’t feel too bad about adding our own recipe to the collection.

filipino salad ingredients

Where did Filipino fruit salad come from?

According to Casa Veneración, a Filipino recipe site and blog, Filipino fruit salad likely originated thanks to the influence of US soldiers in the Philippines.(1)

After World War II, a few American army bases remained in the Philippines. These needed to be stocked with US foods to give the soldiers a taste of home. Any surplus was sold at the army PX (post exchange) stores and was available for local people to buy.

However, the prices of imported foods were quite high, so items like canned fruit cocktail were reserved for special occasions. This is perhaps why Filipino fruit salad is such a ubiquitous sight at celebrations and family gatherings.

It may also share ancestry with a similar fruit salad from the southern states of the USA, called ‘ambrosia salad’. However, this version differs in that it contains ingredients like whipped marshmallow, whipped cream, and pecan nuts. It can also be served alongside a savoury main course, such as Thanksgiving dinner.(2)

In short, by this point the name ‘salad’ doesn’t really imply anything healthy!

Other possible variations

Among the great many individual variations of this fruit salad, a few have risen to prominence. Buko salad, for example, is made along similar lines but features young coconut (buko).

There’s also buko pandan, which contains young coconut and agar jellies flavoured with pandan leaf, and buko lychee.

Halo-halo is another fruit salad which combines mixed fruit with sweetened condensed milk, but the ingredients are somewhat different. This dessert features ube (purple yam), crushed ice, agar jellies and taro.

Another version, called Lamaw, features coconut, graham crackers, milk, sugar and sometimes orange soft drinks.

As you can see, there’s plenty of space to be creative with Filipino fruit salads; the only real requirement is the sweet and creamy binding!

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Our version of Filipino fruit salad

At Erbology we wanted to create a version of thi