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Ampalaya Salad with Dressing

How to Cook Ampalaya Salad with Dressing

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Salad Recipe
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 large ampalaya or bitter gourd

For marinade:

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch pepper

For dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons white onion minced
  • 3 hard boiled eggs chopped
  • 3/4 cup small shrimp cooked and shelled
  • salt and pepper to taste


How to make Ampalaya salad:

  • Slice ampalaya in half lengthwise, with a melon baller scram off all the white membrane.
  • Wash and dry ampalaya and keep in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Slice ampalaya thinly. Put in a bowl and sprinkle with salt.
  • Mash with the hand to extract juice. Wash off the salt with water and drain.
  • In a casserole, boil water and add a pinch of baking soda.
  • Drop ampalaya and cook for about 5-7 minutes. Drain¬†and refresh with tap water.
  • Put together marinade mixture in a bowl and add drained ampalaya.
  • Marinate for 3-4 hours in the refrigerator.¬†Drain ampalaya very well.
  • Mix in with the dressing ingredients and pile over a lettuce lined bowl.
  • Serve well chilled.