Nigerian Style Salad

 

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This Salad is packed full with flavors from different vegetables and salad dressing or mayonnaise.This is a compulsory item(unofficially) on every party menu.It is usually eaten on the side accompanied with some sort of rice(jollof,fried,white). When I was about 13 or so,I used to think that this was the way all salads where made.So I was a bit surprised when I went to a camp in New York and saw a bowl of lettuce and tomatoes and it was called salad,I stood transfixed and someone must have noticed my confusion because she asked if salad was a strange word for me,don’t we have salads in Nigeria? Lets just say it was the beginning of a “food learning experience” for me,now,I want to know how everything is made,I even collect regional cookbooks(mostly pastry and dessert books) just to learn all the exciting things in the world of food.

 

There is no specific way to make this,the idea is to just make it pretty and delicious. But this is how I usually make mine.

You’ll need;

1 small cabbage or 1/2 of a large cabbage (shredded)

Lettuce (I could not find good,fresh lettuce so I omitted it,but in the picture above,lettuce was included) cut into 1/2 inch pieces

3 Large carrots,2 grated,1 diced

1 can of sweet corn or you can use frozen

1 can or frozen Green Peas

1 can Baked beans

3 firm tomatoes (2 sliced thinly,1 diced)

4 Hard boiled Eggs,sliced

1 Cucumber,half sliced,half diced

1 Potato,diced

1 red onion,sliced,smaller parts diced (optional)

Mayonnaise,as needed

 

 Prepare everything you need.

If using fresh corn,peas,potatoes and carrots,boil them in salted water until tender but still firm.Sieve and rinse in cold water to stop cooking process.

Salad preparation if you are using canned peas and sweet corn,just drain,no need to boil.

Combine all the diced elements in a bowl and the eggs that did not come out perfectly.

 You can put anything you want in.I had some left over chicken so I added it to the mixture.

Add some Mayonnaise to bind it all together and give it a good mix.

 

Assembling

On a tray,spread 1/2 of the shredded cabbage to cover the bottom.

followed by 1/2 the carrots

Spread the veggie mix on

and cover with the remaining cabbage

Now arrange the slices of vegetables as shown

or you can arrange it this way too…

 

wrap tightly in cling film and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve with more mayonnaise or salad cream.

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