The pomelo, often mistaken for a grapefruit, is the largest citrus fruit. Its impressive size brings bold flavor, making it a delightful addition to salads, desserts, and more.

Whatever you're craving, Lykkers, our top pomelo recipe is sure to introduce you to a fresh and fruity favorite.

Pomelo Salad with Peanuts Mint Chile

Peeling a pomelo can be a bit of a challenge, but we adore its mildly sweet flesh. In our opinion, it's far superior to grapefruit! We were inspired to incorporate it into a Thai-style salad that combines sweet and sour flavors with hints of spice and umami.


- 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes

- 1 pomelo

- 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped salted peanuts

- 2 tablespoons fried shallots

- 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves


- 2 tablespoons hot water

- 1 tablespoon chopped palm sugar

- 2 tablespoons lime juice

- 1 tablespoon fish sauce

- 1 Thai bird's eye chile, chopped


1. In a dry skillet over medium-low heat, cook and stir the coconut flakes until they are toasted and fragrant, about 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside.

2. Slice about 1/2 inch off the top and bottom of the pomelo. Make vertical cuts around the fruit, about 1/2 inch deep into the rind. Remove the rind slices and any thick membrane. Split the fruit open and separate it into segments, then peel the membrane off each slice.

3. Arrange the pomelo slices in a shallow bowl. Sprinkle with the toasted coconut, peanuts, fried shallots, and torn mint leaves.

4. In a jar, combine the hot water and palm sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then whisk in the lime juice, fish sauce, and chopped Thai bird's eye chile. Spoon the dressing over the salad.

Cook's Notes:

- Thai bird's eye chiles can be very spicy. Adjust the amount of chile to suit your taste.

- You can substitute light brown sugar for palm sugar if preferred.

- Fried shallots are available at grocery stores. To make your own, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a small saucepan. Add 1/2 shallot, thinly sliced, and fry until browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent burning, and drain well before using.

How to Store Pomelos

To keep your pomelos fresh for as long as possible, store them in a cool place. The refrigerator is ideal, but if you have a large quantity, that might not be feasible.

Pomelos have a long shelf life thanks to their thick pith. Even if they start to soften, they remain protected. The cooler the storage—without going below 40°F—the longer they will last.

There you have it! We hope this article can help you to make a delicious grapefruit salad! See you next time with more amazing recipes to share with you, Lykkers!

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