Tomato Salad (Salata Tomatim Bel Daqua)
For every South Sudanese meal, there is always chopped tomato salad on the side. And who wouldn’t want a nicely fresh looking salad next to their meal? We know
we should consume more fresh greens. With any dinner or lunch plate you want to make sure at least 1/2 your plate is vegetables.
But how many of us do that. So this is how I learnt to think that I am actually having half a plate of vegetables by putting that salad aside my meal every day to act as one.
Today we learn to make salad the South Sudanese way. Let’s move a bit from the heat and make something in a bowl without using any heat.
Often, the salad is no more than tomatoes, onions, and hot, green chili peppers. Sometimes you can add some parsley in there. But most importantly why this salad is
different, it will have some bit of peanut butter and lime which just makes for some grand dressing. The lime juice makes the salad tangy and bright while the peanut gives it that thickness and yummy taste.
Green onions, sliced
handful parsley, minced
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup unsweetened, creamy peanut butter
2 limes, juiced
small, hot chili pepper(s), minced (to taste)
salt, to taste
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
Add chopped tomatoes, green onion, and parsley to a bowl and give them a good, strong toss.
Then, in a small bowl, whisk together the oil, peanut butter, lime juice, chili peppers, and salt. The dressing will separate, so you may need to whisk it again right before serving. Give it a taste, and adjust seasonings as desired.
Pour the tangy, nutty dressing over the tomato mixture, toss, and serve.
Rule number one is to never dress a salad until you’re ready to enjoy it. This will make it lose that fresh and crisp look that attracts people in the first place.
This salad can be eaten even for breakfast with bread does not necessarily have to be beside your meal alone.
Enjoy your salad.