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. Princeton eleke  February 1, 2017

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

  2. 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

  3. 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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  6. Adanna  June 21, 2017

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

  7. 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.

  8. hik  January 2, 2018

    what about the mayonnaise?

  9. 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?

    • Chy Anegbu  January 8, 2018

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

  10. Keziah Aminu Makeri  July 20, 2018

    Love this method,God bless

  11. Esther  July 20, 2018

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

  12. 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

    • Chy Anegbu  July 21, 2018

      Nice to hear that. Thanks for your feedback.

  13. IGBADUMHE  November 23, 2018

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

  14. Melinda  January 12, 2019

    Tnx for this

  15. Temitope  January 13, 2019

    Thanks for this great piece

  16. Woke Isaiah  January 19, 2019

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

  17. IFEOUWA  February 15, 2019

    Thanks for the recipe more of it ma

  18. Annie  February 17, 2019

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

  19. Mrs Oluwole  February 21, 2019

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

  20. Bmatt  March 7, 2019



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