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Pomelo Salad with Chile, Lime, Peanuts and Coconut


  • 2 tbsp palm sugar or light brown sugar
  • 2 red or green Thai chiles, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced, divided
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 2 pomelos
  • 3/4 cup torn cilantro leaves with tender stems
  • 2 tbsp dried shrimp


Whisk palm sugar and 1 tbsp water in a medium bowl to dissolve sugar. Whisk in chiles, garlic, lime juice, and fish sauce; season with salt. Balance with more sugar, lime juice, or fish sauce if needed.

Toast coconut in a dry small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl.

Heat oil in same saucepan. Add half of shallots and fry, swirling, until golden brown and crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer to paper towels with a slotted spoon to drain; season with salt.

Cook peanuts in shallot oil until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain; season with salt.

Remove peel and white pith from pomelos. Tear membrane off and pull segments into large pieces, transferring to a large bowl as you go. Add cilantro, remaining shallots, and half of dressing and toss to coat. Add coconut, peanuts, and dried shrimp; toss again. Divide among plates, drizzle with remaining dressing, and top with fried shallots.

Adapted from Bon App├ętit