Plantain salad and avocado dressing… why not if not! A lovely reader of mine left a comment on one of my posts sometime ago and she mentioned she’s vegan. I was really amazed and happy that the blog is for everyone and some of the recipes are easily adaptable to any dietary need. I made some plantain salad (bole salad) with spicy avocado dressing after I purchased “lean in Nigeria” ebook from 9jafoodie. The book is very good as it teaches you how to eat Nigerian food and still maintain a very good health. Since I bought the ebook, I have made some smart swaps and reasonable portion sizes. I have decided I won’t weigh myself but use my clothing that I can no longer wear since I gained weight to judge my progress.
This quick recipe is to all but especially to my reader whose waist line has expanded just like mine since they started visiting this blog. Lol this is a very good swap for the days you are looking to eat something healthy and still want to maintain your Nigerian status( Nigerians can be proud like that)
Back to my plantain salad and spicy avocado dressing, the salad is easy to put together, you can use any vegetables/salad of choice. The plantain gives it a very good crunch and it’s quite filling too. It is important you don’t drench the plantain in oil. The aim is to make it as healthy as possible. I would recommend a ripe and firm plantain as you get the sweetness to balance the salad. The avocado dressing is one of the yummiest things I have tasted in a while. You can honestly eat it on its own or as a dressing. The avocado dressing saves you from the hidden calories in the shop bought salad dressing. It is healthy and amazingly yummy too.
What you will need
For the plantain salad
2 ripe and firm plantains
1tbsp olive oil, substitute with coconut oil
Carrot, spiralized or diced
Sweet corn drained and set aside
For salad dressing
1 ripe avocado
Parsley, I used dried one
Salt to taste
½ tsp sugar (optional)
5-6tbsp plain non fat yogurt
Chilli flake or cayenne pepper, use according to preference
2tbsp lime juice
I recommend you make the plantain salad before proceeding to make the avocado dressing
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees
Peel plantain and cut into chunky cubes and add the olive oil. place a parchment paper on a baking tray and spread the diced plantain on it. Grill or roast in the oven for about 5-6 on each side or till slightly brown. Once done, leave to cool
Add the vegetable/salad into a bowl and toss to combine.
To make the avocado dressing
Slice avocado in halves, remove the pit and scoop the flesh into a blender. Add the remaining ingredients and blend till smooth and creamy.
Keep refrigerated for up to 3 days
Add the plantain to the salad and add dollops of spicy avocado dressing to it and enjoy. Did i hear you say easy and yum. Yeah… I can’t wait to see what you come up with and don’t forget to tag my active kitchen with your lovely creation
Get some in the mason jar and off you go… Plantain salad and spicy avocado dressing!
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