Salad Days ~ Cherry Tomato and Pomelo Salad Recipe

pomelo salad

Amma’s stay with me has almost come to an end. She will return to base on sunday. for once i am not jealous, because the call of the grand daughter is much stronger than mine! Rachel, someday i hope you will fully acknowledge that your Daadi is cuckoo for you dearie…. all she can talk of is you and of you….and that’s something that amuses and (ok i will admit) tires me too sometimes! i guess the joy of having a grandchild is something only a grandparent knows and i hope it is vice versa. i grew up not having or knowing my grandparents. the only memory i have, is of my paternal grand mother and distant and cantankerous are the words which described her the best….

anyways… i digress… what has any of this got to do with a salad? when amma came here 10 days ago, she brought with her a large citrus fruit called pomelo. it is the largest citrus fruits available. She didn’t quite know how we’d use it but brought it in her baggage anyways. the really thick and fleshy rind was peeled away to reveal a soft pink coloured flesh. it was quite tart and had a slight bitterness as an aftertaste and i wondered if i could make marmalade out of it. One of the easiest ways i find to use sweet limes/ oranges etc which are too tart to be eaten as fruit, is to add them to a salad and that’s what i did with a few sections of the pomelo. i still have half of the fruit sitting in the fridge. For now, i leave you with this refreshingly crunchy salad.

pomelo salad

Pomelo Salad (serves 3)

All the vegetables I used were chilled before chopping

2/3 cup cubed red and yellow capsicum

2/3 cup peeled, deseeded and diced cucumber

2/3 cup halved cherry tomatoes (use any other tomato on hand)

1/2 cup pomelo segments, seperated

for the dressing

2 Tblsp extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbslp fresh lemon / lime juice

salt and pepper to taste

2-3 Tblsp finely chopped coriander


In a large bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Add all the vegetables for the salad and toss well till the chunks are well coated. Serve immediately.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Shoba says:


    this looks and smells delish even from so far away…Love the combos, the dressing, the use of pomelos and reminds me of the fast receding summer!!!


  2. Swapna says:

    okay… we call it Bambloos :)… it is always in to the markets during Onam time and I used to finish off 1 all by myself…!! wow it’s been years since I’ve seen one…

  3. Divya Vikram says:

    nice summery salad!

  4. Simran says:

    We get plenty of pomelo here and I just love the tart, slightly bitter taste. Adorable salad combination!

  5. Divya says:

    Umm..blame it on my vocabulary..what does cantankerous mean..;)??

    Pomelo..cute name..I’ve always known it as Pampalmussu[Konkani]..sounds quite similar.We used to steal it from our nearby yard and always finished it then and there since we couldn’t take the stolen fruit home..:).Lovely idea of adding it to salad..:)

    1. arundati says:

      cantankerous means bad tempered and cranky… yes it is called pampermaas in telugu and similar sounding names in most of the south indian languages.

  6. Raaga says:

    Pomelo is also called some sort of Grapefruit, I forget what… or in Tamil… bamblimaas! 🙂

    I love the fruit. love love love it.

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