Vegan Buko Fruit Salad Recipe (Filipino-Style Fruit Salad)

Recipe Pinterest Pin of vegan Filipino Buko fruit salad, a cold fruit salad of cocktail fruits, coconut strips in vegan condensed cream

Buko fruit salad is a Filipino-style fruit salad and is perfect in hot weather. 👌🏼 Sadly, another dessert you’ll rarely see veganized. In fact, I’ve never seen a vegan buko fruit salad anywhere.

Still, it’s really simple to put together. You do need access to an Asian supermarket as well as Nature’s Charm vegan sweetened condensed milk. I’ve never tried making it with just coconut cream, but I’m sure it’ll be yummy.

Growing up, my mom and aunties would make this pinoy fruit salad recipe at parties. They would take it out from the freezer as a mid-way party treat.

While this dessert is usually made to be frozen, it can be eaten slightly thawed out or just cold without being freezed.

Here’s my vegan version of Filipino fruit salad.

Language Learning Bits

  • Buko = young, unripe coconut
  • Buko juice = juice inside young coconuts
  • Gata = coconut milk
  • Kakang Gata = coconut cream (thicker)
  • Mainit = “hot” (food or weather) in Tagalog; “mapálí” in Kapampángan

This vegan buko Filipino fruit salad recipe is pretty fail-proof since it’s just mixing things together and adjusting to your taste with vegan cheese and apples.

Still, so the flavors are sweet, cream, and delicious! Enjoy!

Vegan Buko Fruit Salad Recipe

Vegan Buko Fruit Salad Recipe

Yield: 6-10 people



  1. Combine all canned and drained ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add vegan sweetened condensed milk and coconut cream.
  3. Optional: Cut vegan cheese into half-inch blocks and add to mixing bowl.
  4. Mix all ingredients together.
  5. Transfer fruit salad to a tupperware.
  6. Place in freezer for a minimum of 5 hours. (You can freeze it for longer)
  7. Once ready to eat, take out of freezer, and let the buko fruit salad thaw until it’s ready to be scooped.


  • (Vegan) cheese in this dessert may be an acquired taste, but how my relatives make it. Add a small amount of mini cheese cubes first to try. You can try vegan American cheese or polvoron.
  • Small cubes green apples can also be added.

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