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. 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

  2. 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

  3. Fijabi sola  March 16, 2016

    This is lovely u really amazed

  4. Boma  March 28, 2016

    Thnks a lot chy

  5. Foreverjoy  March 28, 2016

    Good job, God bless u

  6. 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

  7. Bukky Adesupo  March 28, 2016

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

  8. Precious gyunom  May 24, 2016

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

  9. gladys  May 28, 2016

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

  10. Ufuoma  June 5, 2016

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

  11. Sandra  August 18, 2016

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

  12. 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

  13. Rita  September 22, 2016

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

  14. Chy  October 2, 2016

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

  15. Aysha  October 8, 2016

    Tnk u 4 ur inspiratn on nigerian kitchen

  16. 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?

  17. Olorunnishola Titilope  December 25, 2016

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

  18. Smooth vik  December 26, 2016

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

  19. Abiola  January 2, 2017

    I really like d grt work u’re doing.

  20. Lizzy  January 2, 2017

    Job welldone. In fact am really learning.


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