Thai Grapefruit Salad

Thai Grapefruit Salad

Pomelo salad is one of the most famous of all Thai salads and a favorite among the Thai people. Pomelo is similar to grapefruit but much larger.
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Combine all dressing ingredients together in a cup, stirring well to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Step 2

    Set a pot of water to boil on the stove. Add shrimp and boil just a few minutes, until shrimp turn pink and plump and firm to the touch. Drain and set aside to cool.
  3. Step 3

    Place shredded coconut in a dry frying pan or wok over medium-high heat and stir until coconut turns light golden brown and fragrant. Place coconut in a small bowl to cool and set aside.
  4. Step 4

    Prepare your grapefruit, removing as much of the white peel as possible from the fruit. Break into bite-sized pieces, 3 to 4 cups is a good amount. Set prepared fruit in a salad bowl.
  5. Step 5

    Add to the bowl the cucumber, red pepper, shallots, basil, cilantro, and fresh chili, if using.
  6. Step 6

    To put the salad together, add shrimp to the salad bowl, then pour over the dressing. Toss well to combine. Add most of the toasted coconut and cashews, reserving a little for garnishing, then toss again.
  7. Step 7

    Taste-test the salad for a balance of sweet/sour/spicy/salty. Adjust to your liking, adding more sugar if too sour. Your salad is now ready to serve, or, if desired, prepare individual plates with a bed of greens and then top with generous portions of the pomelo salad. Sprinkle with reserved coconut and cashews.