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 2 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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Comments

  1. odewole obalolu popola  August 28, 2013

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

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  2. ST UJU  October 11, 2013

    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.

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    • Celestina Nnenna Okafor  April 22, 2017

      Wow am very happy to get this from you guys thanks a lot and may God bless you and your families, thanks once again!

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  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!

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    • Patrick  May 17, 2019

      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

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  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

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  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

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  6. bisi alabi.  March 9, 2014

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

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  7. Felicia  March 10, 2014

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

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  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.

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  9. eseoghene  June 8, 2014

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

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  10. zubaidah aliyu  July 4, 2014

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

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  11. roseann  July 24, 2014

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

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  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.

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  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

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  14. Grace  September 29, 2014

    Thank you so much for this wonderful lesson

    you give us on how to make different meals.

    Really appreciate.

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  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.

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  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.

    reply
  17. sunshyn  November 2, 2014

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

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  18. motolani  November 4, 2014

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

    reply
    • Chy Anegbu  November 7, 2014

      You’re welcome @ motolani

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      • Maureen  April 19, 2019

        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

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  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

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  20. Grace  November 29, 2014

    Must I boil cabbage and carrot

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    • 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.

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      • Patrick  May 17, 2019

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

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  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.

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    • Chy Anegbu  December 22, 2014

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

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  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

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  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

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    • Chy Anegbu  January 10, 2015

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

      reply
  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

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  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.

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  26. gloire james  February 24, 2015

    thanks alot.

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  27. Isaac omojo audu  March 9, 2015

    thanks so much

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  28. Victoria  May 31, 2015

    U ar indeed g8t

    reply
  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.

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  30. Eloho  July 21, 2015

    it is great

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  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?

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    • Chy Anegbu  July 23, 2015

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

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  32. Favour Amadi  July 23, 2015

    Thank u….this is really wonderful

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  33. Esther  August 2, 2015

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

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  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.

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    • Chy Anegbu  August 23, 2015

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

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  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.

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  36. Ubong  October 13, 2015

    Great, wat about pepper, maggi and salt?

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  37. senie  October 14, 2015

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

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    • Chy Anegbu  October 19, 2015

      Nope, there is no point in heating it.

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  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.

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  39. Gift  December 11, 2015

    Tanks Alot

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  40. FOLASHADE  December 14, 2015

    i love dis method

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  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

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  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

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  43. Fijabi sola  March 16, 2016

    This is lovely u really amazed

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  44. Boma  March 28, 2016

    Thnks a lot chy

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  45. Foreverjoy  March 28, 2016

    Good job, God bless u

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  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

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  47. Bukky Adesupo  March 28, 2016

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

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  48. Precious gyunom  May 24, 2016

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

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  49. gladys  May 28, 2016

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

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  50. Ufuoma  June 5, 2016

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

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  51. Sandra  August 18, 2016

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

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  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

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  53. Rita  September 22, 2016

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

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  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

    reply
  55. Aysha  October 8, 2016

    Tnk u 4 ur inspiratn on nigerian kitchen

    reply
  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?

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  57. Olorunnishola Titilope  December 25, 2016

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

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  58. Smooth vik  December 26, 2016

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

    reply
  59. Abiola  January 2, 2017

    I really like d grt work u’re doing.

    reply
  60. Lizzy  January 2, 2017

    Job welldone. In fact am really learning.

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  61. Princeton eleke  February 1, 2017

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

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  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

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  63. Okey  March 25, 2017

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

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    • 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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  64. FELICIA  April 24, 2017

    THANKS SO SO MUCH GOD BLESS

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  65. FELICIA  April 24, 2017

    I AM SO BLESS TO BE IN CONTACT WITH YOU HOW CAN I GET THE BOOK PLEASE .

    reply
  66. Adanna  June 21, 2017

    You are doing a great job. I loooove your recipies. Thanks

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  67. Bunmi  August 28, 2017

    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.

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  68. hik  January 2, 2018

    what about the mayonnaise?

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  69. Laolu  January 7, 2018

    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?

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    • Chy Anegbu  January 8, 2018

      Yeah, those are optional. Olive oil on salad? lol

      reply
  70. Keziah Aminu Makeri  July 20, 2018

    Love this method,God bless

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  71. Esther  July 20, 2018

    Nice piece just watching it am salivating already. Thumbs up for u

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  72. osadolor wellington  July 21, 2018

    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

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    • Chy Anegbu  July 21, 2018

      Nice to hear that. Thanks for your feedback.

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  73. IGBADUMHE  November 23, 2018

    I’m a man i love cooking alot. Thanks on your cooking lesson

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  74. Melinda  January 12, 2019

    Tnx for this

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  75. Temitope  January 13, 2019

    Thanks for this great piece

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  76. Woke Isaiah  January 19, 2019

    Thanks for the hygiene tips about soaking salad in warm water and carrot.

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  77. IFEOUWA  February 15, 2019

    Thanks for the recipe more of it ma

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  78. Annie  February 17, 2019

    This is a nice style…will try it out soon.

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  79. Mrs Oluwole  February 21, 2019

    Thanks a lot for impacting knowledge on others.more wisdom in Jesus name

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  80. Bmatt  March 7, 2019

    Thanks

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  81. pelumi  May 3, 2019

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

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    • Chy Anegbu  May 4, 2019

      Sure, you can totally do that.

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  82. Martha  May 15, 2019

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

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  83. Patrick  May 17, 2019

    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)

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  84. chimemerem  May 20, 2019

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

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  85. Charity  January 9, 2020

    5 stars
    Wow. I think I’ll like to try this weekend

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  86. Ughele blessing Abosede  March 12, 2020

    Thanks so much ma……

    reply
  87. Michael  June 16, 2020

    Kudos
    mre knowledge dear…tnx for al ur scrummy recipes

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