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.

It is served in Nigeria alongside jollof rice or fried rice
Jollof Rice
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 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.

Still on healthy Nigerian foods, try our Vegetable Soup – Vegetable Salad

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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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?

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. gloire james  February 24, 2015

    thanks alot.

  7. Isaac omojo audu  March 9, 2015

    thanks so much

  8. Victoria  May 31, 2015

    U ar indeed g8t

  9. 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.

  10. Eloho  July 21, 2015

    it is great

  11. 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.

  12. Favour Amadi  July 23, 2015

    Thank u….this is really wonderful

  13. Esther  August 2, 2015

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Ubong  October 13, 2015

    Great, wat about pepper, maggi and salt?

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Gift  December 11, 2015

    Tanks Alot

  20. FOLASHADE  December 14, 2015

    i love dis method


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