Romy’s White Bitter Melon, Guava, and Nectarine Salad

Preparation info
  • Serves


    Appears in
    Memories of Philippine Kitchens

    By Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan

    Published 2006

    • About

    Romy’s salads have always been eye-opening, or rather palate-opening, excursions into new territory. This salad pairs raw bitter melon and guava with sweet and densely textured fruits, such as semiripe nectarines, in a refreshing summer salad. Substitute what’s in season, using other fruits with similar textures, such as peaches, green mango, or slightly underripe plums.

    When Romy discovered white bitter melon in Brooklyn’s Chinatown, it was an exciting addition to our repertoire of