In recent years, salads have become a popular choice of food. Social media has fuelled this, and celebrities sharing their diet routines that keep them in shape and healthy. With that said salads have been part of us for the longest time. Different African countries have their unique types of salads. Let’s explore some of the most popular and tastiest African salads you should try.
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1. Salad de Palmiste
Salad de Palmiste is one of the most popular African salads you should have. It‘s a traditional delicacy from Seychelles. Its main ingredient is the heart of palms. Salad de Palmiste comprises fruits and vegetables like mango, avocado, red bell peppers, coriander, mint, and green tomatoes. You dress with ginger and lime and serve with rice.
2. Salata Mashwiya
Salata Mashwiya, or roasted salad, is another popular African salad. It combines onions, eggplants, garlic, bell peppers, and tomatoes. To add to the flavour, you garnish with boiled eggs, olive, and caraway seeds. Interestingly, people serve Salata Mashwiya with barbecue and fresh bread, which makes it lovely.
3. Timatin Salad
This is an Ethiopian salad that’s also eaten in Eritrea. Its main ingredients are chopped chilli peppers, tomatoes, and onions with vinegar, lemon juice, and Berbere oil used as a seasoning. You serve the Timatin salad is with Injera bread.
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Kachumbari is largely consumed in East Africa. It consists of finely chopped onions, tomatoes, and green chilies. Kachumbari is usually served cold and accompanied by other dishes. Nyama choma or barbecue lovers, take it with hot ugali. You can also serve with pilau and snacks like smokies and boiled eggs.
Zaalouk is a Moroccan salad. Its main ingredients are tomatoes, garlic, and eggplant. Use seasonings such as parsley, coriander, cumin, and paprika to add to the flavour. The salad is served with bread and can also be used as a sandwich spread. It’s eaten when raw or cooked and best served when it’s warm.
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6. Mechouia Salad
Mechouia salad originates from Tunisia. It’s a blend of grilled ingredients like onions, garlic, tomatoes, chopped onions, and peppers. This salad, which is one of the most popular and tastiest in Africa, is garnished with boiled eggs, tuna, and olives. Serve Mechouia salad with baguette or toasted bread.
Azifa is an Ethiopian salad prepared by combining onions, tomatoes, and green lentils. It’s dressed with pepper, lemon juice, and salt, and topped with olives and toasted almonds. You can serve the salad cold and also use it as a bread filling.
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8. Zogale (Moringa) And Macaroni Salad
Nigeria is known for its wide range of traditional foods. They also have some interesting salads. Zogale is one of them and it is largely popular in the Northern part of Nigeria but consumed all over the country in different variations. Some of them include Damban zogale, kwadon zogale and miyar zogale. Some of its ingredients include:
9. Lasary Voatabia
Lasary Voatabia, one of the most popular African salads, comes from Madagascar. You prepare this salad using sliced tomatoes and onions, salt, grated ginger, lime juice, hot sauce, and black pepper.
After thoroughly mixing the ingredients in a bowl, let it cool in the fridge. Before serving it, garnish Lasary Voatabia with parsley or coriander. Serve it with romazava, poulet au coco, or sandwich toppings.
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This delicacy from Tunisia consists of carraway seeds, garlic, salt, carrots, harisa and olive oil. Make sure you boil and smash the carrots before combining them with all the ingredients. You’ll likely see it in different variations, including boiled eggs, olives, coriander and feta cheese. You can enjoy Houria as a side dish or enjoy it on its own.
Now that you know the different types of African salads, how about you try them then? We are sure that you will enjoy the continent’s different tastes.
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