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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

  1. For best taste, eat the salad while it is fresh. Otherwise, the ingredients will wilt.
  2. Try adding other fruit or vegetable ingredients, such as mango.
  3. There is no need to add any spices or seasonings, as the seaweed is naturally salty.

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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.