Spicy and Refreshing Grapefruit Salad


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Ken Hom Cooks Thai

Ken Hom Cooks Thai

By Ken Hom

Published 2001

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In Thailand one finds the pomelo, a lovely fruit similar to the grapefruit in size and flavour. The pomelo rind is thicker, however, and the segments are easier to separate; best of all, many pomelo varieties are seedless, making them perfect for salads. The tartness of the fruit and the assertiveness of the chillies make for a spicy, refreshing treat.

Pomelos are not always available but our grapefruit is a good substitute. For tartness, use the white grapefruit; for a milder, sweeter taste, use the ruby red. Remove as many seeds as possible and you will have a zesty starter for a summer meal.


  • 2 large grapefruit
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce or light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 small fresh red Thai chillies, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dried shrimp, chopped


Peel the grapefruit and slice into segments. Set aside.

Combine the lime juice, fish sauce and sugar. Mix well. Add the chillies and dried shrimp. Now add the grapefruit segments and toss carefully. Arrange in a dish and serve at once.