10 Delicious African Low Carb Salad Recipes

    You just guessed how best to stay healthy! Eating Salads. Creating a salad recipe is an amazing way to stay healthy as it consists of raw vegetables, fruits, grains, and many other rich energy sources.

    There is no specific way of preparing a salad because, across several countries, the different types of salads in Africa have their own special and traditional way of preparing them. This variety doesn’t restrict the dish from being a major source of nutrients. As they say, variety is the spice of life.

    A salad is a nutrient-filled meal that consists of mixtures of vegetables, vinegar, oil, and other dressings according to your preference. The vegetables in a salad can either be cooked or served raw, some salads in Africa are served cold.

    What Are The Typical Salad Recipes In Africa?

    Across countries in Africa, there are countless recipes for a salad, some countries in Africa consider a salad to be a ‘special meal’. In Nigeria, most parties are incomplete without a plate of mixed rice and salad, (which usually consists of a mix of fried rice and Jollof rice).

    The amazing taste of this dish has been emphasized, but what’s a dish with great taste but no health benefits? You are going to see different types of salads in Africa, the thought of it alone would make you crave some right now.

    Avocado Salmon Salad

    Avocado Salmon Salad
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    This dish is very fast and easy to prepare, one bowl of this would leave you filled up with goodness and good health. This salad consists of a few vegetables and a few other amazing ingredients for the recipe;

    • Sliced Avocado
    • Diced Tomatoes
    • A cup of corn
    • Garlic
    • Salmon


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    A Tanzanian dish with a Swahili name, that mainly consists of fresh tomato and onions, you can also call it a tomato and onion salad. Kachumbari is a meal best served during the summer as a side dish, it can be paired with rice, plantains, yam, and even grilled beef.

    Kachumbari is very common in East Africa, most especially Kenya, it can also be found around places like; Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

    With a few ingredients, you can get yourself the perfect recipe for one of the best salad, on this list of amazing salads in Africa.

    • Tomatoes
    • Onions
    • Avocado
    • Chili peppers
    • Cilantro dressing
    • Light lime juice

    Sweet Potato and Raisin Salad

    Sweet Potato and Raisin Salad
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    Found in Morocco, this mostly contains, yam or potatoes. This dish is usually served hot. A plate of this salad and you would be filled up. To give the salad more flavor, a few ingredients are added to the salad; these spices help give the salad a rich and flavor-filled taste. Don’t forget the colors that would be bursting out of your bowl with these ingredients.

    • Raisins
    • Water
    • Butter
    • Honey
    • Ground cinnamon
    • Turmeric
    • Saffron threads
    • Sweet potatoes

    Omek Houria

    Omek Houria
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    Another salad that is very important on this list of salads in Africa, is Omek Houria. Omek Houria is a Tunisian salad that consists mainly of carrots and other spices. The main vegetable in this salad would be the carrots, the secret to this recipe is the grill, with a mix of other vegetables like onions, tomatoes, and peppers.

    This spicy mix can be served with cooked eggs or a baked tuna. Crushing the carrots in the mix is a huge must. This allows the flavor of the carrots to reach every part of the salad, giving it a wonderful taste.

    You would need a few ingredients to prepare Omek Houria, with the carrot being the main ingredient these are a few others to get you started;

    • Tomato
    • Pepper
    • Salt
    • Spice
    • Eggs
    • Fish
    • Spice
    • Onions

    Avocado and Steak salad

    Avocado and Steak salad
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    This salad is rich in nutrients and has a lot of health benefits, you would not want to miss. Also very easy to prepare. You can have this dish as a whole meal and you would not ask for more because you will be filled up. There are a few ingredients you would need to prepare this dish:

    • Bell pepper
    • Butter
    • Paprika
    • Ginger and garlic
    • Boneless steak
    • Parmesan
    • Mustard
    • Lime juice
    • Salt

    African Mango Salad

    African Mango Salad
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    Having African Mango salad is the best thing you can do for yourself after a meal, it can be eaten with any main dish. Apart from the amazing colors and great taste, African mango salad has a mixture of sweet, crunchy, and tart. This dish has a combination of various fruits like;

    • Strawberries
    • Mangoes
    • Pineapples
    • Lettuce

    Creamy Beet and Potato Salad

    Creamy Beet and Potato Salad
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    This dish commonly found in Panama contains potatoes and beetroots as the main ingredients. This dish is usually served during festive seasons like Christmas and other celebratory times. Some major ingredients are needed for this dish’s recipe, even though potatoes and beets are a must.

    • Hard-cooked boiled eggs
    • Potatoes
    • Beetroots

    The next time you find yourself in Panama, a bowl of creamy beet and potato salad should be on your to-eat list.

    Ivory Coast Salad

    Ivory Coast Salad
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    This fruits and veggies-filled dish is a must-have! Guess what? It is also very easy to prepare, the recipe would take you only a few minutes and your bowl will be filled with color, flavor, and vitamins.

    Fruity vegetables are very healthy and they cannot be over-emphasized, incorporating a bowl of this fruity salad would change your life and give you a healthier and happier body system. This delicacy is rich in fruits and is a mixture of fruits to make you dance.

    You don’t need much for your recipe, just a few ingredients and you are on your way to a healthy life;

    • Papaya
    • Grapefruits
    • Avocados
    • Lemon
    • Tabasco sauce
    • Filets whiting
    • Pineapple
    • Mayonnaise
    • Langoustines or Dublin bay prawns

    African salad (Abacha and Ugba)

    African Salad
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    The list of different types of salads in Africa would be incomplete without African salad itself. Abacha is a local dish, commonly found in the Eastern part of Nigeria, this meal consists of cassava tubers that have been cooked and sliced with a certain type of grater.

    This dish can be very filling but is not considered to be the main course meal, it can be eaten in-between meals, or maybe a snack. Although it is very popular in the Eastern part of the country.

    There are a few basic ingredients you would need for your Abacha recipe;

    • Ugba
    • Maggi (seasoning)
    • Salt
    • Onions
    • Pepper
    • Crayfish
    • Utazi leaves
    • Palm oil
    • Kpomo
    • Titus fish
    • Abacha
    • Ngor
    • Garden egg

    What African Country is most famous for their salad recipes?

    Azifa is a popular Ethiopian salad consisting of green lentils, finely chopped tomatoes, and onions. The salad is additionally seasoned with salt, pepper, and lemon juice.

    This dish is usually served cold, and eaten as a snack. Azifa is a vegetarian dish and is usually eaten during lent when meat is prohibited.

    Lent is usually served as a light snack, and it is often paired with some other veggies like; cottage cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes, or also known as Injera.


    Spicy shrimp salad Recipe

    Spicy Shrimp Salad
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    Here, we combine hot shrimp with smooth avocado and crunchy cucumber, topped with a delicious ginger and garlic dressing. In other words, it’s the perfect salad.


    • Toss shrimp with 2 tablespoons avocado oil and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
    • Heat the grill pan, grill, or broiler. If desired, you can also set aside half of the shrimp for the No-Cook Shrimp Rolls and put them in the refrigerator until ready to use.
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together lemon juice, 2 tablespoons oil, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Toss with onion.
    • Add to bowl with onion along with cucumber and shrimp and toss to combine. Fold in watercress and avocado.

    Cobb Egg Salad Recipe

    Egg Cobb Salad
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    When the first two ingredients are mayo and greek yogurt, you know this dish is going to give you the creaminess you crave.

    • In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, yogurt, and red wine vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
    • In a large serving bowl, gently mix together eggs, bacon, avocado, blue cheese, and cherry tomatoes. Gradually fold in mayonnaise dressing, using only enough until ingredients are lightly coated, then season with salt and pepper. Garnish with chives and additional toppings.

    Nicoise Keto Salad Recipe

    Nicoise Keto Salad
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    Nicoise salad is a healthy, colorful, and protein-packed tuna salad. It’s a salad staple in French cuisine that’s also really popular around the globe.


    • Make the Shallot Vinaigrette: Shake olive oil, mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, shallot, sugar, salt and pepper.
    • Make the Niçoise Salad: Drizzle shallot vinaigrette over tuna, olives, eggs, cherry tomatoes, and mixed greens.

    Kale and Roasted Cauliflower Salad Recipe

    Kale and Roasted Cauliflower Salad
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    This delicious low-carb salad recipe calls for roasted cauliflower and raw kale as a base. On top of that, you dress it up with a few other nutritious ingredients you’ll love, like red onion, feta cheese, lemon juice, and nuts.


    On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss cauliflower florets with olive oil and 1/8 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Roast in 450°F oven for 25 minutes, or until stems are tender.

    In large bowl, whisk lemon juice, olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Toss kale with dressing. Let stand at least 5 minutes.

    To kale, add cooked cauliflower, onion, feta cheese, golden raisins and toasted pine nuts. Toss until well combined.

    Broccoli Salad Recipe

    Broccoli Salad
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    This low carb salad recipe combines broccoli, bacon, cheese, and sunflower seeds in a mayonnaise dressing. It’s creamy and delicious and clocks in at just four grams of carbohydrates per serving.

    Cauliflower Salad Recipe

    cauliflower salad
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    This friendly salad recipe has all the fixings for a loaded baked potato, but it’s made with healthy cauliflower instead of carb-laden potato. With cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, green onions, and an easy-to-make dressing of sour cream and mayo, it’s a delicious healthy salad.

    Taco Salad Recipe

    Taco Salad
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    With just two net carbs per serving, this healthy salad recipe will quickly become a new favorite. It’s made with ground beef flavored with taco seasoning, avocado, cheddar cheese, grape tomatoes, and Tex Mex dressing.

    Buffalo Chicken Salad Recipe

    buffalo chicken salad
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    This salad recipe is packed with all the traditional buffalo chicken flavors, just made keto-friendly. First, you make the buffalo chicken, then pair it with lettuce, bacon, cucumber, tomatoes, and blue cheese dressing.

    Creamy Shrimp Salad Recipe with Dill

    creamy shrimp salad with dill
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    With sour cream, lemon juice, garlic, Dijon mustard, dill, celery, cucumber, red onion, and shrimp, this keto-friendly salad recipe is a quick and easy lunch. Sour cream provides the creaminess for this recipe instead of mayo for a healthy upgrade.

    Egg Salad Recipe

    Egg Salad
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    This egg salad recipe couldn’t be easier to make. With avocado, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, dill, and parsley, this salad provides a healthy lunch with plenty of protein and healthy fats.

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