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Buko Pandan Salad

Buko Pandan is easy to make and a crowd pleaser! This Filipino-style salad with gulaman, young coconut, and tropical palm fruits is creamy, delicious, and makes a great snack or dessert. Perfect for holidays, special occasions, or just any time you need a sweet treat!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Cooling2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 234kcal


  • 2 bars (.70 ounce) green agar-agar, shredded to very small pieces
  • 3 cups coconut juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 drops pandan extract
  • 2 cups shredded young coconut
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) Nata de coco, drained
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) Kaong, drained
  • 1 can (14 ounces) table cream
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk


  • In a pot, combine agar agar and coconut juice and soak for about 30 minutes. 
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook, stirring regularly, until agar agar is melted.
  • Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Continue to cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until agar agar is completely dissolved. 
  • Add 2 drops of pandan extract and stir to combine.
  • Remove from heat and carefully pour into a flat dish. Allow to cool until gulaman is set and hardened. Cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
  • In a large bowl, combine gulaman, young shredded coconut, nata de coco, kaong, table cream, and condensed milk. 
  • Add about 2 to 3 drops pandan extract and stir to distribute flavor and color. Chill for about 1 to 2 hours. Serve cold.



If using fresh screwpine or pandan leaves, tie a few strips into a knot and add when boiling the agar. Remove and discard when enough flavor and color are extracted.


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 338mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 0.9mg