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Ampalaya Salad

I’ve been slowly introducing V to eating raw vegetables this month, I guess it has been my fault that he’s not gotten to like eating more fruits in vegetables since we have been so forgiving of him when he refuse to eat them. We have reinforce the rule of having 1 bite of each food prepared during meal time, explaining to him that he will never know if the dish taste good if he never try and eating vegetables will make him stronger.

As a kid my cousins use to put all their veggie share on my plate and bully me to finishing all of them or else I’m not allowed to leave the dining table, thanks to our Manang’s who would only require me to finish a spoonful of my veggie share. Sadly I was not a big vegetable eater as a kid but I did eat a lot of fruits, it was not till my teens that I enjoyed eating them.

One of the vegetables that I refuse to eat is Ampalaya (Bitter Melon), and when I was force to have them my secret would be to drink a cup of water and swallow this bitter veggie without taking any bite. Our Manang Juliet prepares ampalaya with almost no sign/taste of it’s bitterness, she would always tell us “Ay naku tikman nyo yung ampalaya ko di mapait yan!” (Taste my ampalaya dish it’s not bitter) and she was right, that’s the time that I learned to enjoy eating ampalaya.

Whenever we visit our Lola Kaye in Pagsanjan, our Manang J always serve us this fresh salad and which she usually paired with fried Tilapia or Crispy Pata.

Ampalaya Salad

Ampalaya Salad

1 medium Ampalaya, sliced thinly
1 small Carrots, julliened
1 small Onion, sliced thinly
2 tbsp Vinegar
1 tbsp Sugar
Salt & Pepper


Soak Ampalaya in ice cold water for 30 minutes, this is our Manang J’s secret to remove most of its’ bitter taste.

Dissolve sugar in vinegar add salt and pepper. Add more sugar if you want it sweeter.

Toss Ampalaya, Carrots, and Onion with Vinegar mixture. Serve immediately.

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Hi, my name is Abigail a stay at home Mama of two LittleOnes and currently residing in Dubai, UAE since 2009. This is my little space online where I share activities, places we've been, food we enjoy and snippets of our daily expat life. ‘Cuddles and Crumbs’ is a combination of the two main things I share on this blog: cuddles (family) and crumbs (food).


  1. Tang_Na_Mo says

    Sugar has no health benefit. It is one of the most worst food you can put into your body.

  2. i love eating ampalaya!!! i love the bitterness in it, pag nagluluto ako ng ginisang ampalaya hindi ko tinatanggal ung pait nya, ung eggs ung nagpapasarap dun ❤

    • I’ve learned to like it’s bitterness as well. Have you tried eating ampalaya in a salad similar to my recipe above?

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