Burmese inspired grapefruit salad

Burmese inspired grapefruit salad

Old Recipe Salad,Savoury

Last year a visit to Mumbai with my parents brought me to a cute little restaurant in the Fort area called Burma Burma. Traveling with my parents usually ends up being more like a school field trip – I get ice cream, good food, presents and more often than not a lecture about something! Needless to say, the food and ice cream make up for a lot!

At Burma Burma, with every imaginable type of tea and more adorning the menu, they also serve authentic and mouth-watering array of Burmese dishes.

They have many specialities, but the one taste I took back with me was their pink grapefruit salad. It’s been over a year, but I can still remember the taste of the tangy-sweet-hot combination. There was some kind of spicy curry powder, peanuts, fried scallions…

Now to recreate something I had eaten once a long time ago is hard to do.

I picked a simple method: pink grapefruit, toasted peanuts, fried onions and a dressing with a mix of sweet, sour and spice.

Perhaps the Burma Burma chef is going to kill me for utterly ruining his/her dish… or give me props for at least trying! I don’t know, and for now I’ll eat my salad, thank you very much!

So, here goes nothing… 🙂

If you do not have pink grapefruit you can always substitute with a pomello – it will work the same way.

Make the dressing ahead of time and allow to infuse before pouring into the salad.

The Recipe
Serves Serves: 2 | Prep Time: 30 mins | Cook Time: 15 mins


  • 1 pink grapefruit, peeled and cut
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup toasted and crumbled peanuts
  • Dressing:
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp soya sauce
  • 1 tsp sweet chilli sauce
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt to taste


  • Cut the grapefruits to tear them apart. Let the juices from the fruit go into your salad bowl as well.
  • Fry the onions in the oil at high heat. Then lay on a paper towel to soak up leftover oils. Mix into the salad bowl.
  • Lightly toast the peanuts and crush into smaller chunks and add into the salad bowl.
  • Mix all the salad dressing ingredients in a bowl and pour over the salad.
  • Serve chilled.

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