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How to Make Pokpoklo (Seaweed) Salad

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Learn how to make a delicious pokpoklo salad.

Learn how to make a delicious pokpoklo salad.

What Is Pokpoklo?

Pokpoklo is a seaweed with a salty taste and crunchy texture. This iron-rich seaweed is the basis of a popular salad in the Ilocos region of the Philippines. It is often served as a side dish with fried or grilled dishes. In this article, I will show you how to make a simple version of this salad.

Only two ingredients are needed to make pokpoklo salad.

Only two ingredients are needed to make pokpoklo salad.


  • 5 cups pokpoklo (seaweed), cleaned and washed
  • 6 tomatoes, sliced

Cook Time

Cook timeReady inYields

5 min

5 min

3 to 4 servings


  1. Clean and wash pokpoklo. Set aside.
  2. Slice tomatoes and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, mix pokpoklo and tomatoes.
  4. Serve immediately.

Pokpoklo (Seaweed) Salad Step-by-Step Procedure

Tips and Techniques

  • For best taste, eat the salad while it is fresh. Otherwise, the ingredients will wilt.
  • Try adding other fruit or vegetable ingredients, such as mango.
  • There is no need to add any spices or seasonings, as the seaweed is naturally salty.
  • Serve this as a side dish for fried or grilled foods.
  • Rinse pokpoklo thoroughly to remove any dirt.

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 12, 2019:

Hello Mary,

I hope you can. I am not sure though if they have this kind of seaweed in Asian stores in our places.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 08, 2019:

I wish we can get this here.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 06, 2019:

Hi Linda,

It's good to know that you enjoyed eating seaweed. I hope you can try Pokpoklo too.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 06, 2019:

I like the seaweed that I've tried, but I've never heard of pokpoklo before. Thanks for sharing the information. I like the idea of trying it with mango.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 06, 2019:

Hi Pamela,

Some specialty store offers fresh seaweed preserved in brine or dried seaweed.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 06, 2019:

Hi Liz,

I think seaweeds available in other countries are either fresh or dried. If ever it's fresh, it is preserved with brine.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 06, 2019:

This sounds like a good dish. I like bacon but I have never tried seaweed of any kind. I don't know if they sell it in a specialty store or not. Thanks for a new idea for a salad.

Liz Westwood from UK on July 06, 2019:

This looks like a simple recipe of the kind that I like. Although I might struggle finding the seaweed in the UK.

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