I am a big time salad girl. This helps provide my daily requirements.
It has come to my understanding that many Nigerians now want to eat more vegetables, but don’t know how to without getting it all messed up.
Another set of people are afraid of eating vegetable salad outdoors because of the high risk of food poisoning associated with salad prepared hours ago.
I’m here to help you. After all I’m an angel, and angels come to the rescue, right??
*Basic rules you need to follow for a crisp and enticing bowl of salad*
1. Taste Rule: Combine sweet & tangy herbs. Raisins, sweet corn, fresh herbs like Nigerian sorrel (called yakwa in the local markets), Nigerian Ugu, chopped apples, Nigerian mint leaves, Nigerian Basil (called nchanwu or efirin).
2. Texture Rule: Crunchy not Soggy!
The base of the salad, which in most cases is hard lettuce or cabbage, fresh Nigerian ugu, cucumber gives the crunch.
There are many ways that you can create a really crunchy salad.
How you wash and dry your salad leaves is the first thing to consider because if they’re not totally dry, you’ll end up with a wilted/soggy bowl of leaves.
When building your salad, hard veggies like carrots will obviously provide maximum crunch!
3. Bite-Size Rule: The salad must be well chopped but not mushy.
4. Color Rule:. Follow the rainbow spectrum.
A huge color spectrum in your salad will ensure you’re getting all the anti-oxidants you need – and much better this way than buying expensive supplements.
The colour also creates a beautiful visual – grated beets/carrots, yellow bell peppers and creamy white cucumber look gorgeous.
Mouth watering, huh. Hungry already??
If you’re a busy working parent, this open-and-release salad kit in a bottle can take some hassle out of preparations.
In terms of freshness, it’s fair to say that chopping and shredding can lead to some browning and wilting though.
Since this bottled salad kits gets you to eat more leafy greens, it’s good.
The payoff is a feeling of virtuous accomplishment!
Considering that many Nigerians don’t currently eat the recommended amounts of vegetables, this has to be a good thing!
I will be sharing more subsequently. Do keep tabs.
I love you, I love your health.
Your favourite family physician,