Having Salads and refreshing fruit juices are a fine way of enjoying a light and yet wholesome meal on a nice sunny day.
A fantastic recipe suggestion to keep you in the mood is the Nigerian Hearty Salad Platter!
150g cooked peeled prawns
I clove of garlic crushed (optional)
1 – ½ tbsp. sunflower oil
2 eggs hard boiled and sliced
I firm and ripe plantain boiled andthen sliced
½ a lettuce roughly chopped or shredded
1 red sweet finely sliced pepper
1 tomato roughly cut up
1 Avocado roughly chopped
Juice of half a lemon
1 Carrot thinly sliced or grated
½ green chilli finely chopped
½ a handful of chopped Spring onions
Salt and black pepper to season
200g canned fish (Tuna or Sardine or any other preference)
Heinz Vinaigrette salad dressing, salad cream, or Prawn sauce (optional)
Tip: (Salad dressing if you desire but does not necessarily require any)
In a bowl, season the shrimps with salt and black pepper to taste.
Add the crushed garlic and mix together.
In a fry pan heat the oil, then pour in the prawns and fry over medium heat for around 5 minutes.
Remove and place aside in a plate to cool down.
Boil the eggs for 10 minute ensuring it is hard boiled and place in cold water to cool down.
Peel the eggs and cut then in slices.
In a pot cut the plantain in half and boil them with skin on for around 15 minutes and when cooled cut in small slices.
Shred the lettuce and a spread it out on a platter or a plate, finely slice or grate the carrot, cut the tomato, slice the red pepper and layer them on the platter in arrays of colour.
Peel the Avocado and roughly cut it up and sprinkle it with some of the lemon juice and arrange on the platter as well.
Open the canned fish and drain,finely chop the green chili pepper and spring onion.
Layer the eggs, plantain, prawns and the canned fish on the platter.
Scatter on the green chili and the spring onionson the platter.
Sprinkle the remaining lemon juice on the salad and season to suit with salt and black pepper.
Hey! You are good to go, lunch is served.
Bon Apetit !!
Note: Nigerian Hearty Salad Platter can be served a meal on its own or as a side to other dishes. You can also use a combination of other salad leaves as substitute