Pako Salad Recipe (Fern Salad)

I chanced upon fresh pako (fern) at the market today! So I got a few bunches and made a note to myself to seach later for a Pako Salad Recipe. 🙂

But first, some palengke kwento.
pako salad recipe fiddle fern

Fresh pako (edible fern / fiddlehead fern), Php30 for a small bunch

One of the chores that I recently took up is — tada! — going to the palengke (fresh market). I know, I know… I am not very domesticated.

In the past, it was husband who went to the market to buy our weekly supply of fresh meat, fish and veggies. (I’d occasionally tag along.) Then he became too busy with work and too tired to wake up early every Sunday just to do the palengke rounds. So, I pretty much didn’t have any choice. Unless we buy all meat and fish from the supermarket, which if you’re used to palengke-quality fish (most esp.), just don’t measure up.

But yes, I find my new hobby enjoyable, actually. I have my suki fish, chicken and meat stalls. Of course, I buy from the vegetable stall owned by my fellow highlanders. (I’ll remember to take photos with them next time!) Incidentally, I go to Suki Market along Mayon Street in Quezon City. It is a very long drive from where we live, but always worth the trip.

It was the first time I chanced upon pako. And even if I have never tried them before, I quickly grabbed one of the two remaining bunches as they were going very fast (panic!). Never mind if I didn’t know what to do with them. There’s always Google. And Facebook.

As soon as I got home, I asked on Facebook what to do with them. There were lots of suggestions from friends, so I decided to do the simplest: Pako Salad!

Here’s the simplest Pako Salad Recipe I found –

A bunch of pako (leaves and tender parts of the stem)

Salted duck eggs (itlog na maalat, shelled and sliced)

Fresh tomatoes, chopped

Onions, chopped

Vinegar and olive oil of equal parts

Pinch of salt, dash of pepper

Make the vinaigrette: Whisk vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper briskly together. (I found this vinaigrette too sour. Next time, I’ll remember to add some sugar or honey.)

Toss everything in the vinaigrette. Perfect with fried fish! Someone on Facebook also suggested to add chicharon (pork cracklings). That would have made the salad more delightful – will do it next time!

pako salad recipe fiddle fern salad

Pako, or edible fern (also called fiddlehead fern), is a rich source of fiber, iron, Omega 3, and Omega 6. This bunch that I bought came from Cavite, according to my suki.

Do you have a pako salad recipe to share? How else do you cook pako?

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11 thoughts on “Pako Salad Recipe (Fern Salad)

  1. I can find this in Hawaii, but not in MD :(. It looks so good. I feel hungry.

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  2. That looks good! The pako is not parboiled, or is it? Wala akong nakitang pako dito, but if i see them at the asian store next time we visit, bibili ako and will try to make the salad

  3. Hi there, Gina!! Thank you for stopping by! I didn’t parboil the fern. I’ve even read a few other recipes that washed them in ice-cold water instead para daw may crunch. I hope you’re lucky at the asian store next time! 🙂

  4. Hi Meikah! I hear nga there’s lots of pako in the south (Laguna, Cavite). How do you make your salad? I find mine too sour. What dressing do you make?

    Thanks for the visit!

     

    Chats

  5. Hi Chats, sorry for replying just now. 🙂 Actually, I prepare a very simple pako salad. I just throw in the blanched (oftentimes not even blanched) pako and add tomatoes. That’s it! The natural juices of the pako and tomatoes just do the trick. It always turns out good, too.

  6. Hi! I have been looking for pako for quite a long time now.

    and since you mentioned that you bought your pako in suki market, may i ask where exactly did you buy it? what was the name of the vegetable stall?

    thanks.

  7. Hi Maine – I don’t remember the exact stall number, but it’s between a meat stall and a rice vendor. It’s my suki vegetable stall so I don’t really take note of the stall number. I will do that next time and get back to you. Thanks for the visit!

     

     

  8. Hello! Your recipe sounds yummy. I love ensaladang paco too. ? Since we moved to Tacloban, paco has been a regular part of our diet. I like its distinctive taste. One of our favorite recipes is ginataang paco with squash (especially the young one with the skin on), with leftover fried fish as sahog. And we like it with the coconut milk malabnaw. ?

  9. Hello! Your recipe sounds yummy. I love ensaladang paco too. ? Since we moved to Tacloban, paco has been a regular part of our diet. I like its distinctive taste. One of our favorite recipes is ginataang paco with squash (especially the young one with the skin on), with leftover fried fish as sahog. And we like it with the coconut milk malabnaw. ?

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