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Naija salad

So one day my friend whom I can also call a sister in New Jersey,USA, pinged me to send her the recipe for "naija salad" as she put it. The first recipe that came to mind is the typical salads we eat at Nigerian parties with jollof and fried rice. its funny how these salads have very similar recipes and taste so alike, well, they could be called "garden salad" if we were to go by the cuisine name. Another characteristic of the Naija salad may be the cream/salad dressing, its often "heinz salad cream' or "mayonaise". However, some commercial restaurants or hotels mix their creams from the scratch.

here is the recipe I gave her

tuna fish/baked beans
hard boiled eggs

wash the vegetables thoroughly in vinegar or a mild sterilizing fluid,layer the shredded cabbage, lettuce and grated carrot in a tray or salad bowl, dice the cucumbers or slice as desired on the layered veggies, slice/dice the tomatoes on the layered veggies, slice the hard boiled eggs and arrange in an attractive way on the salad, spoon some tuna and/baked beans on the top of the salad ,cover with cling film and refridgerate for about 20mins.

note: in some cases, the cream is already mixed with the veggies, others serve it on the side and allow the guests to add their desired addition, some people dont use salad creams/dressings for some reasons. please note theat there are other interesting salad dressings that add to the taste, like "thousand island" and 'ranch" dressing, its just that the heinz salad cream and mayonnaise give it the "naija" flava.

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