On the 9th day of Nigerian Christmas, my true love sent to me: Nigerian Salad.
I bet some people are wondering why the name is “Nigerian Salad”. Well brothers and sisters, aunties and uncles, mummies and daddies, there is salad and there is SALAD. The difference in salad in Nigeria vs. the rest of the word is ginormous. In fact, the way we pronounce it is even different. In North America, salad is pronounced as a single word that easily rolls off one’s tongue. Just picture someone with an American/Canadian accent talking to a posh waiter, saying, “hey, I’ll just have a salad“. No glitches in the word. It just comes out easily with the same tone from beginning to end.
But in Nigeria, the word “salad” is a different matter. We don’t pronounce it in the American way oh, it is pronounced sal-AHD. You see the difference? The first syllable of the word is pronounced in a calm, flat tone, which is quickly followed by a sharp rise in tone and volume when pronouncing the last syllable. sal – AHD. And the reason behind this pronunciation is in the ingredients – Nigerian salad is heavily loaded. While an American salad doesn’t usually make the average person full, the Nigerian salad can keep you going for days. No joke.
In my recipe, I put the minimum ingredients needed to make a Nigerian salad, however, I know that there are many more ingredients that can go into it (macaroni, corned beef, sweet corn, some times tuna… sigh, the list is endless really). But the great thing about Nigerian salad is that it’s really easy to make and very customizable for your dietary needs. What else goes into your Nigerian Salad? Leave a comment below
- Cabbage (Sliced)
- Carrots (grated)
- Tomatoes (diced)
- Green bell peppers (diced)
- Red bell peppers (diced)
- Heinz salad cream (or a mixture of equal parts ketchup and mayo with a dash of vinegar)
- Baked beans
- Hard boiled eggs (sliced)
- In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, and salad cream. Transfer to a serving dish.
- Layer the salad with baked beans (don't put too much of the baked beans tomato juice if possible)
- Top it off with slices of boiled eggs
- Store in fridge till you are ready to serve
- Optional: finely diced onions can also be added. Or spring/green onions can be substituted for regular onions