Pomelo Salad

Sometimes, a recipe is born out of necessity. That’s what happened with this pomelo salad.

I wanted to make a Thai pomelo salad with fresh red chili and fish sauce. But I couldn’t find fresh chili or fish sauce anywhere. I thought about ordering the fish sauce on Amazon, but that seemed extreme.

So, I decided to work with what I had. I mixed baby spinach with fresh lime juice, roasted peanuts, red chili flakes and pomelo. For those of you unfamiliar with pomelo, it’s basically the same as grapefruit. If it was a person, I’d describe it as grapefruit’s more laid back younger sister.

When I took a bite of the salad, I knew I had achieved my end goal. It was sweet, spicy and slightly tart. All the flavor components were there except for the fish sauce. One day I’ll find a bottle and I’m sure that the salad will reach a new level.

Until then, I’ll keep this dish as a lunchtime staple. When you ain’t got much, work with what you’ve got. Or something like that.

Here’s a song that will get you in the pomelo salad mood. It is sweet but also has a little kick. It’s also good for avoiding your to-do list and writing a blog post at 10% battery with no charger in a café.

Pomelo Salad (from me, to you)


1 pomelo, peeled and sliced
2 handfuls of baby spinach
juice of one lime
1 tsp red chili flakes (or more if you like spicy food)
1-2 tbsp roasted, unsalted peanuts
sprinkle of sea salt


Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and toss until the lime juice coats all the spinach leaves. Top with more peanuts and red chili flakes. Enjoy!

About Emily Wasserman

Bonjour! My name is Emily and I'm a writer based in St. Louis. I'm also a home baker with a small business, Amélie Bakery. I'm a self-proclaimed francophile and love French pastries and baking.
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