Pomelo Salad (Yum Som O)

It’s a lovely sunny day here. I just love being warm although yesterday we had a tropical down pour and it was still warm………my Pomelo tree in the garden is laden with fruit so this is a yummy and ideal way to use it..although segmented and frozen they make a  lovely addition to your G & T or Vodka tipple…. this was a welcome tip from a Russian friend  who also showed me how to drink and make a Bloody Mary the Russian way…Hic…that post is for another day Hic….

Pomelo Salad.


Pomelo Salad or as it is known here Yum Som O is a wonderful light refreshing salad made with Thai Grapefruit( Pink Grapefruit) can be substituted and there is very little difference in flavour.


  • 2 Pink Grapefruit or 1 Pomelo.
  • 12-16 peeled shrimps.
  • Sm.cucumber diced.
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced shallots.
  • 1/4 cup fresh Thai Basil or Mint.
  • 1/4 cup Fresh coriander.
  • 1/4 cup unsalted peanuts/cashews.
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut.
  • 1 Red Chilli finely sliced.


  • Half to 1 lime.
  • 3 tbsp Fish Sauce.
  • 1-2 tbsp palm sugar.
  • 1 -2 red chillies finely sliced.
  • Kaffir Lime leaf very finely sliced for garnish.

Pomelo Salad


Let’s Cook!

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

Place shredded coconut in a dry frying pan or wok over medium-high heat and stir until coconut turns light golden brown and fragrant. Tip coconut into a small bowl to cool and set aside. Repeat with shallots frying in a little oil until golden and crispy tip into a small bowl and set aside to cool.

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

Add to the bowl: cucumber, basil/mint, coriander, and fresh chilli.

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

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, shallots and nuts, reserving a little for garnishing, then toss again. Taste-test the salad for a balance of sweet/sour/spicy/salty. Adjust to your liking, adding more sugar if too sour. For more depth of flavour, add a little Fish Sauce. Your salad is now ready to serve.  Top with reserved coconut, nuts and shredded lime leaf, and


Tip: Like most Thai salad dressings, this is an oil-free dressing, so it doesn’t appear to ‘cling’ as well as oil-based dressings, naturally collecting at the bottom of your salad bowl. This isn’t a problem – just be sure to toss a little more than you would for a regular salad in order to saturate ingredients with the dressing.

This salad is better served and eaten immediately, the fresher the better. If preparing for a party, keep the dressing apart from the salad until you’re ready to eat, then toss them together just before serving.

I do hope you enjoy  as this is one of my favorite salads, I do shred my Pomelo much finer though rather than having too chunky. But as with anything it is personal  preference.

Enjoy, Love you all xx

All photos are my own unless otherwise stated.

25 thoughts on “Pomelo Salad (Yum Som O)

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  5. Silver Threading

    Yum-sum-o sounds fabulous! I would love this! I have made sum-tum (with papaya and green beans…) long ago. Keep sharing these fabulous recipes. I am in seventh heaven! Have a great week! ❤

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      Yes we are lucky..but not for long as we are moving further North and what grows here doesn’t always grow there so I am looking forward to see what I can and can’t grow. I have been told potatoes grow there so I may get some new potatoes..yesss. But coconut palms don’t, so going to have to buy my coconuts instead of picking fresh but we will see 😉 Have a lovely day 🙂

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