Vegetable Salads

Vegetable Salad Recipe

Nigerian vegetable salad is number one on my list of Nigerian healthy foods. I could eat it every day if I had to 😀

When you combine it with jollof rice or fried rice, it’s to die for.

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 sweeteners and sometimes look more delicious.

I made a decision some times back to replace a meal with either vegetable or fruit salad weekly.

Well, I gave up after some few months 😀

But I still make them often.

Vegetable salads will detoxify your body, improve your digestive system, make you feel lighter and even make you think smarter.

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

Dressing for Vegetable salad

Hardly anything is added to mixed vegetable salad in Nigeria save for the store-bought conventional Heinz salad cream or mayonnaise. In some cases, we include some slices of boiled eggs.

What you find below is a plate of veggie salad, it looks delicious right? You can serve it this way or serve with any one of the rice meals.

Vegetable salad

There are basically two types of salads that are popularly eaten in Nigeria, Salads happens to be one of the healthiest set of foods that I know, especially the vegetable salad, I also like the fruit salad.

Below are the ingredients used in making Nigerian Vegetable salad, you can double or reduce it, depending on the number of people you are looking to serve.

Ingredients For Vegetable Salad

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%

Preparation

Chop the carrot /green beans/cucumber and set aside in different bowls, I like to peel off the greenback of cucumbers and also remove the center seeds, you will learn how this is done by watching the video at the bottom of this page.

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 (3 eggs).

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

Soaking the cabbage in warm water was a trick to soften the cabbage, these days, I don’t use warm water. I just wash with cold water, slice and mix with the rest of the vegetables. Voila.

how to make vegetable salad

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).

Drain excess water from 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.

How to Make Mixed Veggies Salad

The mixing is simple: sprinkle a handful of cabbage on the tray/bowl, 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.

Salads must be eaten the same day it is made. It can’t be frozen or preserved with a chemical.

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

Jollof Rice

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vegetable Salad Recipe

Vegetable Salad Recipe | How to Make Salads

Chy Anegbu
Mixed Vegetable salad is quite popular in Nigeria and would serve as food to any Nigerian when it is combined with either jollof rice of Nigeria fried rice.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Mixing Time 10 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Nigerian Cuisine
Servings 5 People
Calories 125 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowls

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Medium size cabbage
  • 2 cups chopped carrot
  • Lettuce leaves
  • 2 cups of chopped green beans
  • 1/2 Cup peas optional
  • 3 cooked eggs
  • 1 cup baked beans
  • 1 cup of sliced cucumber
  • 2 tbsp Heinz salad cream or mayonnaise

Instructions
 

  • Wash the vegetables first.
  • Slice the cucumbers into two halves, remove the center seeds and peel off the greenback
  • Slice the carrot, green bean, cabbage, lettuce leaves, and set aside in different bowls
  • boil the eggs and remove the shell (2-3 eggs).
  • To soften the carrot, green beans and peas, pour them into boiling half a cup of water. Allow simmering on low heat for 3 minutes while you stir.
  • Set aside.
  • You can mix vegetable salad in a bigger bowl - just spray the vegetables one after the other, simultaneously in layers.
  • Once you start dishing the salads in the smaller plate for people, you can add the salad cream and baked beans. Drop two slices of egg per plate.
  • Serve salad with jollof rice or fried rice.

Video

Notes

There is no standard measurement for a mixed vegetable salad. Most salads in Nigeria are 50% cabbage, 30% carrot/green beans, 5-10% cucumber while the lettuce leaves, peas, eggs, and cream make up the remaining 10%
Keyword How to make Salads, Mixed Vegetables, Vegetable Salad Recipe

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 a salad.

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103 Comments

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

August 28, 2013
ST UJU
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YOU ARE REALLY DOING A GOOD WORK,THANKS FOR THIS VEGETABLE SALAD. WILL DEFINITELY TRY IT BECAUSE I LIKE SALAD SO MUCH BUT SINCE I DONT KNOW HOW TO DO IT I NORMALLY BUY FROM FAST FOOD OR I DO ONLY COLESLAW BUT NOW AM HAPPY I HAVE LEARN DIS AND WILL TRY IT.

October 11, 2013
Celestina Nnenna Okafor
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Wow am very happy to get this from you guys thanks a lot and may God bless you and your families, thanks once again!

April 22, 2017
Dorcas
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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!

November 6, 2013
Patrick
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Hello my Best
Your type of salads are very good.
I like adding onion and fresh tomatoes t to make it French salad, which Nigerians never like. How do you see it?
Thanks
Patrick

May 17, 2019
Odeh Precious
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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

December 24, 2013
Abimbola
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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

February 6, 2014
bisi alabi.
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U re great. God will continue 2 bless u, thanks for the salad

March 9, 2014
Felicia
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This is great! Just come in contact with this great innovation. Pls. keep it up. I love Nigerian food!

March 10, 2014
tonya
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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.

April 25, 2014
eseoghene
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dis is a new method.luv d steps.thanks for making us better cooks.

June 8, 2014
zubaidah aliyu
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dis is vry grt i will try it, just came across it know, keep it up

July 4, 2014
roseann
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U are gud in dat. Am trying ur style dis weekend

July 24, 2014
kate
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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.

July 27, 2014
temple
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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

August 7, 2014
Grace
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Thank you so much for this wonderful lesson

you give us on how to make different meals.

Really appreciate.

September 29, 2014
Blessed
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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.

October 3, 2014
bolde
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thanks a lot for the knowledge you had imparted on me on how to make vegetable salad. I’m very excited.

October 12, 2014
sunshyn
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Kudos to u guys
i really appreciate ur effort
tnkz a lot

November 2, 2014
motolani
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am greatful to u for making me useful to no how to cook

November 4, 2014
Chy Anegbu
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You’re welcome @ motolani

November 7, 2014
Maureen
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My dear u are indeed a God sent,I can’t thank you enough.am lazy in cooking but ever since am following ur recipes, cooking has been so easy for me.am really very happy, God bless you so much for me.pls tell me the exact place I will buy Ur book to avoid scammers pls.thanks a lot

April 19, 2019
Lara
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Hi chy,i want to know how to make aperfect coleslaw and thank you for opening the secreat behind veg’ salad

November 26, 2014
Grace
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Must I boil cabbage and carrot

November 29, 2014
Chy Anegbu
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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.

November 30, 2014
Patrick
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My Dearest,
I am short of word for you for your great work on catering.
Remain Great and blessed

May 17, 2019
Blessing
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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.

December 12, 2014
Chy Anegbu
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You can use cabbage without soaking it in water, and yes, you can add sweet corn @ Blessing.

December 22, 2014
Elohor
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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

December 30, 2014
kim
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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

January 8, 2015
Chy Anegbu
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Boiled macaroni? haven’t tried that yet dear, why not use just vegetables?

January 10, 2015
Joy
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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

January 18, 2015
adejoke
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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.

February 24, 2015
gloire james
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thanks alot.

February 24, 2015
Isaac omojo audu
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thanks so much

March 9, 2015
Victoria
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U ar indeed g8t

May 31, 2015
Kelechi Caleb
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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.

July 1, 2015
Eloho
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it is great

July 21, 2015
peace Roberts
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Hi Chy is like you forgot to tell us the place of the lettus in this vegies salad. After shreading it what is next?

July 21, 2015
Chy Anegbu
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the lettus is also part of the salad, just mix with the rest of the vegetables.

July 23, 2015
Favour Amadi
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Thank u….this is really wonderful

July 23, 2015
Esther
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Thanks for dis but pls can u teach me how to make colesla as well

August 2, 2015
florence
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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.

August 22, 2015
Chy Anegbu
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You just drain off the hot water then allow to cool before serving.

August 23, 2015
nikky
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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.

September 15, 2015
Ubong
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Great, wat about pepper, maggi and salt?

October 13, 2015
senie
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pls I will like to know if the baked beans in the can shd be heated.

October 14, 2015
Chy Anegbu
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Nope, there is no point in heating it.

October 19, 2015
Amaka
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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.

October 18, 2015
Gift
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Tanks Alot

December 11, 2015
FOLASHADE
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i love dis method

December 14, 2015
judith
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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

December 25, 2015
Margaret
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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

March 1, 2016
Fijabi sola
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This is lovely u really amazed

March 16, 2016
Boma
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Thnks a lot chy

March 28, 2016
Foreverjoy
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Good job, God bless u

March 28, 2016
Peter David
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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

March 28, 2016
Bukky Adesupo
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Thank you so much for the recipe,God bless you ma

March 28, 2016
Precious gyunom
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Am glad of this method for vegetables salad thank you keep it up I will try it

May 24, 2016
gladys
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Pls, can u prepare ofada stew without the locust bean? Am want to prepare it this Sunday

May 28, 2016
Ufuoma
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Pls I want to save video I could not wht should I do.

June 5, 2016
Sandra
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Thanks alot for the vegetable salad but can u also teach us how to make atleast small cake?

August 18, 2016
Pearl Allison
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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

August 30, 2016
Rita
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I love ds. I will make it soon. Thank u so much 4 being so kind

September 22, 2016
Chy
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I love this blog is helping me a lot in my kitchen I have more menus in my home now

October 2, 2016
Aysha
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Tnk u 4 ur inspiratn on nigerian kitchen

October 8, 2016
peace
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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?

December 17, 2016
Olorunnishola Titilope
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Goodwork,I have tried it and it was perfect,Welldone.

December 25, 2016
Smooth vik
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Damn, u’re inspiring n im spirited to practice. I owe u one

December 26, 2016
Abiola
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I really like d grt work u’re doing.

January 2, 2017
Lizzy
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Job welldone. In fact am really learning.

January 2, 2017
Princeton eleke
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Madam….see eeh God will bless you immensely…I really appreciate you and all your dope teaching techniques

February 1, 2017
Anuli
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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

March 23, 2017
Okey
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Please which salad is irish patatoes, marcronise, farrows added.

March 25, 2017
Chy Anegbu
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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.

March 28, 2017
FELICIA
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THANKS SO SO MUCH GOD BLESS

April 24, 2017
FELICIA
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I AM SO BLESS TO BE IN CONTACT WITH YOU HOW CAN I GET THE BOOK PLEASE .

April 24, 2017
Adanna
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You are doing a great job. I loooove your recipies. Thanks

June 21, 2017
Bunmi
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This is great, I have learn new way of preparing vegetable salad by boiling carrot/Green beans and peas, lovely. very good and more encouraging. thanks.

August 28, 2017
hik
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what about the mayonnaise?

January 2, 2018
Laolu
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Thumbs up on your recipe. But I was wondering why one would make a healthy salad and spoil it with d processed baked beans and the fatty mayonnaise. It’s a vegetable salad Pls. Ever heard of olive oil?

January 7, 2018
Chy Anegbu
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Yeah, those are optional. Olive oil on salad? lol

January 8, 2018
Keziah Aminu Makeri
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Love this method,God bless

July 20, 2018
Esther
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Nice piece just watching it am salivating already. Thumbs up for u

July 20, 2018
osadolor wellington
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madam Chi thanks and God blessed you more i followed your method of this veg salad in one of my event last months and it was exceptional and the whole guest asked for more because served it with BBQ meat stack

July 21, 2018
Chy Anegbu
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Nice to hear that. Thanks for your feedback.

July 21, 2018
IGBADUMHE
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I’m a man i love cooking alot. Thanks on your cooking lesson

November 23, 2018
Melinda
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Tnx for this

January 12, 2019
Temitope
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Thanks for this great piece

January 13, 2019
Woke Isaiah
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Thanks for the hygiene tips about soaking salad in warm water and carrot.

January 19, 2019
IFEOUWA
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Thanks for the recipe more of it ma

February 15, 2019
Annie
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This is a nice style…will try it out soon.

February 17, 2019
Mrs Oluwole
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Thanks a lot for impacting knowledge on others.more wisdom in Jesus name

February 21, 2019
Bmatt
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Thanks

March 7, 2019
pelumi
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Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. I want to ask if I can add sweet corn to my salad

May 3, 2019
Chy Anegbu
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Sure, you can totally do that.

May 4, 2019
Martha
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And I also add macaroni,sweet corn, baked beans and d ingredients listed above to my salad

May 15, 2019
Patrick
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Hello My Best
Thank you for this lectures.
I look forward for bread, cake, chi chi,….. lectures, too
You will always experience God’s blessings in your life.
Remain blessed
Patrick
(Your student)

May 17, 2019
chimemerem
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thank you so much for the effort, I really appreciate your help and support to my cooking

May 20, 2019
Charity
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5 stars
Wow. I think I’ll like to try this weekend

January 9, 2020
Ughele blessing Abosede
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Thanks so much ma……

March 12, 2020
Michael
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Kudos
mre knowledge dear…tnx for al ur scrummy recipes

June 16, 2020
Tory
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5 stars
Right here is the right blog for anybody who really wants to find out about making a vegetable salad.
I am a commited fan of the Nigerian kitchen.

October 18, 2020

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