The Nigerian vegetable salad is number one on the list of Nigerian healthy foods.
I realized that most Nigerians shy away from these natural foods and chose to spend more money on processed foods probably because they are often wrangled in extra sweetener and ready to be taken.

I made a decision at some point to have at least a plate of vegetable salad in place of one meal weekly. Vegetable salads will detoxify your body, improve your digestive capability, make you feel lighter and even make you think smarter.

I have noticed that vegetables, when eaten in large quantity sought of awaken my neural pathway.
I am talking about raw vegetables and also some less sugary fruits, like cucumbers and water melon.

There are basically two types of salads that are popularly eaten in Nigeria, Salads happens to be one of the healthiest sets of foods that I know, especially the vegetable salad, I also like the fruit salad but this is by no means in comparison with the former.

What you find below is a plate of vegie salad, it looks delicious right? You can serve it this way or serve with any one of the rice meals.
Vegetable salad
Below are the ingredients used in making Nigerian Vegetable salads, you can double or reduce it, depending on the number of people you are looking to serve.

Ingredients For Nigerian Salads

  • Medium size cabbage
  • 4 medium size carrot
  • lettuce leaves
  • 2 cups of chopped green beans
  • half cup peas (optional)
  • 3 cooked eggs
  • one can of baked beans
  • 2 big size of cucumber
  • salad cream (heinz, BAMA mayonnaise)
Just know that most vegetable salads are usually 50% cabbage, 30% carrot/green beans, 5-10% cucumber while the lettuce leaves, peas, eggs and cream make up the other 10%
how to make vegetable salad
Preparation: chop the carrot /green beans/cucumber and set aside in different bowls, I like to peel off the green back of cucumbers and also remove the center seeds, you will learn how this is done by watching how I made salad via the video below.

Slice the cabbage too in a different tray (we use tray often in our home), slice the lettuce leaves, boil the eggs and remove the shell (2-3 eggs).

You then need to soften the cabbage, green beans, carrot and peas, most of the times we boil carrot, green beans and peas together and soak the cabbage in hot water for a minute.

Here is how it is done, add the carrot, green beans and peas to boiling (small) water, and allow to simmer on low heat for 3-4 minutes (this is to soften them a little, this practice is elaborated in the video below) heat water to 100 degree celcious (boiling point) and pour into the sliced cabbage in a bowl, allow for a minute then drain.

Also drain the carrot/green beans, peas and set aside in a bowl, now you are ready for the mixing part.
Most people choose to mix salad in a large plate/bowl or a tray.

The mixing is simple: sprinkle a handful of cabbage on the tray, and then sprinkle the carrot/green beans/peas, also the lettuce leaves and keep repeating the process until they are all in one place.

Then slice the egg and drop on the top of the salad. (the egg is mostly for decoration) The final mixing is done as people dish out the salad; you add the salad cream and baked beans. It is good for these two to be separate to avoid getting soured over a long period of time.

Nigerian vegetable salad is served best with either fried rice or jollof rice; it is also very delicious when served alone.

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Video For Vegetable Salad

This is just how to prepare vegetable salad, the video below will help you understand better, you also get to see all the ingredients used for making salad.

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  1. odewole obalolu popola  August 28, 2013

    i can’t tell it all.infact u are wonderfully creative.

  2. ST UJU  October 11, 2013


  3. Dorcas  November 6, 2013

    I so much love these Nigerian kitchen initiative bcos it so much improve my parttern of cooking. I have learnt new thing about the vegetable salad like boiling of carrot, green beans n peas for some minutes. Tanks so much n keep d good work up. Remain Blessed!

  4. Odeh Precious  December 24, 2013

    Thumbs up for Nigeria kitchen. U guyz are doing a great job for so many ladies. I personally happen to be a beneficiary on this page. Thanks for the salad

  5. Abimbola  February 6, 2014

    I really like this vegetable salad, I will try and practice on my own b’cos I don’t know how to make salad even though I love it very much. Thanks for your help keep it up

  6. bisi alabi.  March 9, 2014

    U re great. God will continue 2 bless u, thanks for the salad

  7. Felicia  March 10, 2014

    This is great! Just come in contact with this great innovation. Pls. keep it up. I love Nigerian food!

  8. tonya  April 25, 2014

    Thanks a lot for dis salad recipe.I only stick to coleslaw;and just stumbled on your blog.Will definitely try it dis weekend,thanks again.

  9. eseoghene  June 8, 2014

    dis is a new method.luv d steps.thanks for making us better cooks.

  10. zubaidah aliyu  July 4, 2014

    dis is vry grt i will try it, just came across it know, keep it up

  11. roseann  July 24, 2014

    U are gud in dat. Am trying ur style dis weekend

  12. kate  July 27, 2014

    tnx so much 4 d knowlege u impactd in me on hw 2 prepare veg salad. May u continu 2 accelerate in wisdom n knowlege in Jesus name.

  13. temple  August 7, 2014

    I never liked veg salad cos it was too raw for my liking. So i never cared to learn how to do it. I have never been a good cook either. I always serve only rice with stew to my husband. One day he asked me why i don’t make salad. I said i didn’t know how. Then he asked if i have stopped learning from the internet since i learned most of my cooking skills thru the internet. Your recipe here was God sent. Now i make salads without fear. Thanks a lot

  14. Grace  September 29, 2014

    Thank you so much for this wonderful lesson

    you give us on how to make different meals.

    Really appreciate.

  15. Blessed  October 3, 2014

    Indeed, you people are wonderful. I never knew that I have to parboil cabbage and others before
    making a delicious salad but I will try it.

  16. bolde  October 12, 2014

    thanks a lot for the knowledge you had imparted on me on how to make vegetable salad. I’m very excited.

  17. sunshyn  November 2, 2014

    Kudos to u guys
    i really appreciate ur effort
    tnkz a lot

  18. motolani  November 4, 2014

    am greatful to u for making me useful to no how to cook

    • Chy Anegbu  November 7, 2014

      You’re welcome @ motolani

  19. Lara  November 26, 2014

    Hi chy,i want to know how to make aperfect coleslaw and thank you for opening the secreat behind veg’ salad

  20. Grace  November 29, 2014

    Must I boil cabbage and carrot

    • Chy Anegbu  November 30, 2014

      You don’t ever boil cabbage, you soak in boiled water for a minutes, or not. but you would need to boil the carrot and green beans for 2-3mins for best result.

  21. Blessing  December 12, 2014

    I never knew of soaking cabbage or boiling carrot & green beans for veg salad but now I know, thanks. My question is, must I soak cabbage in boiled hot water and can I add sweet corn as a recipe to my veg salad? May God bless and keep U for the good work you are doing for Nigerian wives and others Amen.

    • Chy Anegbu  December 22, 2014

      You can use cabbage without soaking it in water, and yes, you can add sweet corn @ Blessing.

  22. Elohor  December 30, 2014

    Tanks 4 d lecture I’ve learnt a new method of preparing vegetable salad. Kp on doin did gd work God bless u hpy nw ur in advance

  23. kim  January 8, 2015

    Pls can I add boiled macaroni and is it boiled with salt or sugar, tanx 4 inspiring us with ur varieties of food,God bless u real good

    • Chy Anegbu  January 10, 2015

      Boiled macaroni? haven’t tried that yet dear, why not use just vegetables?

  24. Joy  January 18, 2015

    Thanks for this great inspiration on Nigerian foods. I have been blessed really. Can you pls help me prepare pepper soup? I shall be very greatful

  25. adejoke  February 24, 2015

    u guys are d best cook,well am using dis medium to say a very big THANK YOU to u people cos u guys really helped me in terms of fried rice and salad preparation.may God continue to strengthen u IJN amen.

  26. gloire james  February 24, 2015

    thanks alot.

  27. Isaac omojo audu  March 9, 2015

    thanks so much

  28. Victoria  May 31, 2015

    U ar indeed g8t

  29. Kelechi Caleb  July 1, 2015

    Nice site. I love what i read here. And i believe my food business will be interesting and captivating with the help of this site. Thank you.

  30. Eloho  July 21, 2015

    it is great

  31. peace Roberts  July 21, 2015

    Hi Chy is like you forgot to tell us the place of the lettus in this vegies salad. After shreading it what is next?

    • Chy Anegbu  July 23, 2015

      the lettus is also part of the salad, just mix with the rest of the vegetables.

  32. Favour Amadi  July 23, 2015

    Thank u….this is really wonderful

  33. Esther  August 2, 2015

    Thanks for dis but pls can u teach me how to make colesla as well

  34. florence  August 22, 2015

    Thank you so much for the recipe. I wanted to know what happens after soaking the cabbage in boiled water. Do u now put the cabbage in cold water and drain, or do you drain it as it is hot like that? Also, do u dry it with a towel? Thank you in advance , and waiting for ur response.

    • Chy Anegbu  August 23, 2015

      You just drain off the hot water then allow to cool before serving.

  35. nikky  September 15, 2015

    You are doing a great job. I don’t really don’t like soaking my cabbage or heating my carrot because it goes bad by the next day.

  36. Ubong  October 13, 2015

    Great, wat about pepper, maggi and salt?

  37. senie  October 14, 2015

    pls I will like to know if the baked beans in the can shd be heated.

    • Chy Anegbu  October 19, 2015

      Nope, there is no point in heating it.

  38. Amaka  October 18, 2015

    Could afford to go to catering school to enhance my love for food and cooking, but this is more than a catering school. I practise what i learn and it has increased my level of productivity and creativity.i wish i can learn cakes and intercontinental dishes here. God bless u ma.

  39. Gift  December 11, 2015

    Tanks Alot

  40. FOLASHADE  December 14, 2015

    i love dis method

  41. judith  December 25, 2015

    I do add macaroni and kidney beans to my salad n I switch d green pea for can farrows it’s taste wonderful trust me

  42. Margaret  March 1, 2016

    This is great, i love this method. could u pls recommend a salad chopper for me. because i like ur size of the chopped ingredients . Thank u

  43. Fijabi sola  March 16, 2016

    This is lovely u really amazed

  44. Boma  March 28, 2016

    Thnks a lot chy

  45. Foreverjoy  March 28, 2016

    Good job, God bless u

  46. Peter David  March 28, 2016

    Chy. Your Creativity has really improved my importance with people around me. My Lady{my girl} enjoys my every meal whenever she spends the weekend, and its my turn to cook, infact she is still trying to find out my Secret Ingredient, not knowing its Courtesy of Your Creativity. Thanks Chy. Trying this Vegetable Salad this weekend. Yum yum

  47. Bukky Adesupo  March 28, 2016

    Thank you so much for the recipe,God bless you ma

  48. Precious gyunom  May 24, 2016

    Am glad of this method for vegetables salad thank you keep it up I will try it

  49. gladys  May 28, 2016

    Pls, can u prepare ofada stew without the locust bean? Am want to prepare it this Sunday

  50. Ufuoma  June 5, 2016

    Pls I want to save video I could not wht should I do.

  51. Sandra  August 18, 2016

    Thanks alot for the vegetable salad but can u also teach us how to make atleast small cake?

  52. Pearl Allison  August 30, 2016

    for the first time I made afang soup, and got my husband wowed, he was like, so u know how to make this soup, and it even tastes better than my sister in-law’s cos she is from uyo and gets extra serious wneneva she makes it…tnx so much. its a beautiful experience

  53. Rita  September 22, 2016

    I love ds. I will make it soon. Thank u so much 4 being so kind

  54. Chy  October 2, 2016

    I love this blog is helping me a lot in my kitchen I have more menus in my home now

  55. Aysha  October 8, 2016

    Tnk u 4 ur inspiratn on nigerian kitchen

  56. peace  December 17, 2016

    thanks alots I will try it but what if I don’t soak the cabbage n soak carrot n green bean,is it still ok?

  57. Olorunnishola Titilope  December 25, 2016

    Goodwork,I have tried it and it was perfect,Welldone.

  58. Smooth vik  December 26, 2016

    Damn, u’re inspiring n im spirited to practice. I owe u one

  59. Abiola  January 2, 2017

    I really like d grt work u’re doing.

  60. Lizzy  January 2, 2017

    Job welldone. In fact am really learning.

  61. Princeton eleke  February 1, 2017

    Madam….see eeh God will bless you immensely…I really appreciate you and all your dope teaching techniques

  62. Anuli  March 23, 2017

    I have been thinking of what to prepare for my son’s dedication this Sunday. You have just given me an expo. I will simply prepare fried rice and salad with your recipe. Daalu

  63. Okey  March 25, 2017

    Please which salad is irish patatoes, marcronise, farrows added.

    • Chy Anegbu  March 28, 2017

      Same vegetable salad. There are over 25 different vegetables that can be a substitute. It all depends on the ones available to you and your country.


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