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Vegan Thai Pomelo Salad – For Sheena


vegan thai pomelo salad // gratitude and greens // #vegan #vegetarian #recipe #citrus

Hello from Asia! I’m in Hong Kong visiting family for the next month, but I will try to post as frequently as possible. I’m hoping to spend some time doing behind-the-scenes work for the blog while I’m here, such as editing and repurposing old content and finally coming up with a social media strategy.

Coming to this side of the world is always exciting, because the local produce, flavours, and aromas are so different. It’s a much needed change of scenery, and I discover something new about this city every time I’m back. I can’t wait to share some of my new finds with you in an upcoming blog post!

vegan thai pomelo salad // gratitude and greens // #vegan #vegetarian #recipe #citrus

This pomelo salad is one of my favourite Thai dishes- I don’t know when I first tried it, but I have been hooked ever since! It’s light, healthy, refreshing, and is the perfect combination of sweet, sour, and spicy. When I was in St. Louis, I noticed that Thai restaurants were missing this item from the menu. Determined to fulfill my cravings, I bought four pomelos when they came into season and decided to make my own. I’m dedicating this recipe to my boyfriend’s mom, Sheena, because she’s the salad’s biggest fan. She and her husband Dan also very kindly housed me during my time in St. Louis, and I can’t thank them enough for it! She’s currently working on her novel, which I am very excited to read.

Although the original Thai salad uses fish sauce and isn’t vegan, the recipe I’m sharing today uses a simple, homemade vegan phish sauce in place of the real thing. The most time consuming part of this recipe is making the phish sauce and peeling the pomelo. If you don’t have time to make your own phish sauce, you can always search for a store-bought veggie-friendly one. Once you have your pomelo peeled and torn and the phish sauce ready, the salad only takes five minutes to assemble.

EDIT: For those who haven’t heard of pomelo (this came to awareness after Dixya from Food, Pleasure, and Health asked in the comments), pomelo is a citrus fruit very similar to grapefruit. It’s sweeter and less tart, and is often referred to as ‘Chinese grapefruit’. Pomelo is used in several Chinese desserts. Pomelo is native to South and South East Asia, and I found it in Whole Foods while in the U.S. In Toronto, I get my pomelo from Chinatown. 

vegan thai pomelo salad // gratitude and greens // #vegan #vegetarian #recipe #citrus

THAI VEGAN POMELO SALAD
Yields 3-4 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 pomelos, peeled and cut
  • 3/4 cup peanuts, toasted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons vegan fish sauce
    • Feel free to use real fish sauce if you aren’t vegan. The recipe for vegan fish sauce can be found below.
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 1 Thai chili pepper
  • juice of 1 lime
  • mint and Thai basil, to garnish

Step 1: VEGAN PHISH SAUCE
Yields 3 cups. The recipe for this sauce is from The Kitchn.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups water
  • 6 large cloves of garlic
  • 4-5 sheets of kombu or wakame seaweed
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  • 1 cup tamari
  • 1 tablespoon miso paste

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a large saucepan, bring the kombu, garlic, kombu, peppercorns, and water to a boil.
2. Strain the ingredients and pour the liquid back into the pot. Add the tamari and bring the liquid to a boil.
3. Let the liquid cook until it has reduced and has become incredibly and almost unbearably salty.
4. Remove the sauce from the heat and whisk the miso in.
5. Set 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons aside for the salad dressing. Pour the rest into a container and refrigerate.

STEP 2: SALAD

1. While the phish sauce is cooking, peel the pomelo. Tear the pomelo slices into chunks and set aside.
2. Toast the peanuts on low heat.
3. Once the phish sauce is done, pour 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons into a bowl. Add the Thai chilli pepper and whisk the coconut sugar and lime juice into the sauce.
4. In a large bowl, toss the pomelo, peanuts, and salad dressing together. Spoon into a bowl and garnish with mint and Thai basil.

Serve and enjoy : )

I’d love to know: what’s your favourite salad? Or favourite Thai dish? Let me know in the comments below!

Wishing you much love and happy kitchen adventures,
Gen.

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33 Comments

  1. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    January 13, 2015

    i have never had pomelo before, is it like a grapefruit? enjoy your time with the family!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 15, 2015

      Thanks Dixya! Pomelo is very similar to grapefruit, but is sweeter. I love grapefruit, but love the taste and texture of pomelo a lot more!

      Reply
  2. Farrah
    January 13, 2015

    Yay! Hope you’re having fun in HK! I wonder if I can snag any pomelos anywhere around here… This looks amazing, as always! Thai food is my favorite genre of food (aside from sushi <3)!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 15, 2015

      Thank you Farrah! I love Thai food too- one of my favourite cuisines! Outside of Whole Foods, I have also seen pomelo at Chinese supermarkets. Good luck finding it!

      Reply
  3. Kelly // The Pretty Bee: Cooking & Creating
    January 13, 2015

    This is such a colorful and lovely salad! I love citrus is salads. And your header looks really pretty! Love that new font!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 15, 2015

      Thank you Kelly! I love citrus and I am super excited that citrus season is here!

      Reply
  4. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    January 13, 2015

    This is wonderful! So fresh! Have a beautiful time in Hong Kong! The blog is already looking so lovely! Clean and fresh like the salad ;) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 15, 2015

      Thanks girl! I’ll be drinking lots of tea and thinking of you on this side of the pond. The tea selection here is amazing!

      Reply
  5. Emily @ Zen & Spice
    January 13, 2015

    Beautiful pictures as always! :) Will have to try pomelos!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 15, 2015

      Thanks Emily! Pomelos are so tasty, I hope you get to try some soon :)

      Reply
  6. Logan Can
    January 13, 2015

    This looks really delicious. I have been loving Thai food lately. This looks really healthy as well. Thank you for sharing. :)

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 15, 2015

      Thank you Logan! I’m always in the mood for Thai food. It’s just so good, I can’t resist!

      Reply
  7. Nina
    January 13, 2015

    This sounds delicious! I’d never heard of pomelos before either, I’ll keep a lookout for them next time I’m at Whole Foods.

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 15, 2015

      Thank you Nina! Good luck with the pomelo search- I hope you love them just as much as I do!

      Reply
  8. Courtney
    January 13, 2015

    Wow it looks delicious! I’ve never heard of anything like it. Something fun to try. I don’t even know what a pomelo is. Like an orange? A citrus salad sounds perfect. Have fun in Asia.

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 15, 2015

      Thank you Courtney! Pomelo is very similar to grapefruit, but a lot sweeter. I like the taste and texture a lot better than grapefruit! I’m taking advantage of all the citrus I can eat while it’s in season :)

      Reply
  9. Heather
    January 13, 2015

    I am all for combining fruit in a nice salad. I feel like fruit and veggies have been separated far too long in my life. This looks great!

    Reply
  10. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living
    January 13, 2015

    I love your ingenious vegan fish sauce recipe!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 15, 2015

      Thank you Jeanette! I like to make a cup or two and store it in the fridge. It comes in handy when I feel like making other Asian inspired dishes!

      Reply
  11. Ariana
    January 13, 2015

    Ooo this looks so delicious!! I’ve just started purchasing pomelos and would LOVE to throw one in a salad! Thanks for the inspo! I may have to go buy some phish sauce though ;)

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 15, 2015

      Thanks girl, you definitely should! These darlings are so delicious, I can’t stay away from them when they’re in season.

      Reply
  12. Olivia Schwab
    January 14, 2015

    This sounds good! I’ve never had a pomelo but they look amazing!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 15, 2015

      Thank you Olivia! Pomelos are delicious! You should definitely hunt one down and let me know how you like it :)

      Reply
  13. Arman @ thebigmansworld
    January 14, 2015

    Um….new blog design? I am in LOVE! And that salad looks glorious. I’ve just started enjoying citrus in salads!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 15, 2015

      Thanks Arman, your site is looking fabulous as well! I’m now off to check out that veg korma recipe you posted, cause I LOVE korma! Yummy!

      Reply
  14. Serena
    January 15, 2015

    What a fresh way to eat citrus…and as a savory salad, not a sweet treat. Love it …esp for this cold weather!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 15, 2015

      Thanks Serena! I’ve been all about the citrus lately- going to take advantage of all the citrus while it’s in season!

      Reply
  15. Melanie
    January 15, 2015

    Yum! You always have great recipes! This is such a good way to use pomelos that I wouldn’t have thought of. Enjoy your visit to Hong Kong!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      January 15, 2015

      Thank you Melanie, you’re too sweet! Excited to check out your lightened up chocolate pudding. I’m a fan of anything that involves chocolate!

      Reply
  16. Jodi
    January 17, 2015

    Genevieve – This salad! I have just discovered the deliciousness that is a pomelo! And that fish sauce! Beautiful x

    Reply
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