- 1 medium bunch lettuce
- 5 medium carrots
- 4 small pcs Irish potatoes
- 2 medium cucumbers
- 3 medium eggs
- 1 415g tin Baked Beans in tomato sauce
- 200g sweet corn
- 5 plum tomatoes (Jos tomatoes)
- Salad Dressing: the classic Heinz Salad Cream works best with the Nigerian Salad recipe. A close substitute is the Heinz Caesar Salad Cream. You can use mayonnaise too.
Before you prepare the Nigerian Salad
Wash and cook the Irish potatoes till done. The eggs should be hard boiled. To save time, these two can be cooked in the same pot as they need almost equal amount of time to get done.
All the vegetables need to be washed.
- Cut the lettuce into thin shreds.
- Scrape and shred the carrots using a grater.
- Peel and cut the boiled potatoes into sizeable cubes.
- Peel, remove the seeds and cut the cucumber as shown. If you want more green color in your salad, you may peel the cucumber in stripes.
- Remove the seeds from the plum tomatoes and cut into small pieces.
- Place all the cut vegetables in separate containers.
Open the sweet corn and drain the preservation water. Rinse the seeds and set aside. Also open the baked beans tin and set aside.
Remove the shells of the hard boiled eggs, slice thinly and set aside. An egg slicer is perfect for this job.
- With the exception of the egg, start putting the ingredients in small batches into a big salad bowl till all are exhausted.
- Now, place the sliced eggs on the salad, covering the top.
- Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for at least one hour. This is to allow all the ingredients to mix well.
- Serve with a salad dressing of your choice but the Heinz Salad Cream works best with this recipe, seconded by a caeser salad dressing.
Notes and Tips
If you prefer your Nigerian Salad crunchy, substitute the lettuce with cabbage. You can also use the two as the lettuce adds a green color to the salad.
The above are the minimum ingredients for making a Nigerian salad. More ingredients such as boiled macaroni, corned beef, green bell pepper, green peas etc can be added for varied flavour.
The Nigerian Salad is best consumed within 24 hours of preparation if no salad dressing is added to it.
If you are lucky to buy a baby cucumber, it may not be necessary to remove the seeds.
One and a quarter cups of white rice ·
One pound boneless and skinless chicken breast ·
Three cups of chicken soup ·
*One medium sized onion, chopped ·
Two teaspoons of vegetable oil ·
6-ounce of tomato paste
1. In saucepan fry rice and the onion in oil, cover until onion turns translucent.
2. Cut the chicken into small cubes and add to the mixture
3. Add the tomato paste and then chicken soup in succession, simmer the mixture.
4. Cover pan and decrease the heat to low.
5. Cook in low heat until rice is tender, the liquid has been absorbed, and the chicken is fully cooked, about 25 minutes The dish serves 8 people.
- Oil — 3 tablespoons
- Chicken, cut into pieces — 2 1/2 pounds
- Onion, chopped — 1
- Bell peppers, chopped — 2
- Garlic, minced — 2 to 3 cloves
- Tomato sauce — 1 cup
- Chicken stock — 2 cups
- Fish sauce (patis) or soy sauce — 2 tablespoons
- Boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks — 1 pound
- Salt and pepper — to taste
- Heat the oil over medium-high flame in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add the chicken, a few pieces at a time and brown on all sides. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.
- Add the onion and bell peppers and saute, stirring often, until cooked through but still crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and saute for another 1 or 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce and cook to reduce its volume a little, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients along with the reserved chicken. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the chicken and potatoes are both cooked through.
- Adjust seasoning and serve over steamed white rice.
- Chicken, cut into serving pieces — 2 to 3 pounds
- Eggplant, peeled and cubed — 1 large
- Tomatoes, seeded and chopped — 2 or 3
- Onions, thinly sliced — 2
- Hot chile peppers, chopped — 2 or 3
- Garlic, minced — 2 or 3 cloves
- Ginger, minced — 1 tablespoon
- Thyme — 1 teaspoon
- Bay leaf — 1
- Salt and pepper — to season
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Add all the ingredients to a large oven-proof pot with a tight-fitting lid. Cover the pot with one or two layers of aluminum foil and place the lid on top of the foil.
- Place the pot in the oven and bake for 2 to 3 hours. Remove the pot from the oven occasionally and shake it to keep the chicken from sticking.
- Remove the pot from the oven. Let it rest for about 10 minutes. Serve hot with couscous, attiéké (see note), rice or boiled yams.