Delicious Vegan African Cuisine

Summer Fonio Salad – The Canadian African

This recipe is a high-protein, well-balanced, vegan-friendly grain salad that’s perfect for summer get-togethers.

Things necessary

This dish is incredibly customizable and a great way to use up leftover vegetables at home.

salad base

  • Fonio – Fonio is an ancient grain native to West Africa and a staple in my pantry. This gluten-free grain cooks very quickly and more than triples in size when fully cooked. If you want to learn more about Fonio, see what it’s all about, nutrition and where to buy it.
  • beans – I used red cowpeas for the salad, but you can use any beans you like.
  • tomato – I used about 1 cup of cherry tomatoes from my mom’s garden. I also chopped up a small green tomatillo.
  • herbs – I used a blend of dried herbs, but fresh herbs are a great addition. I used the Flaev Spice Co Garden Blend.


  • vegan mayo – I used Hermann’s vegan mayonnaise. This is my mayonnaise of choice because it tastes similar to vegan mayonnaise.
  • red wine vinegar – I used homemade pineapple vinegar in my recipe, but red wine vinegar with a similar fruity flavor is also a good substitute.
  • salt When pepper taste

how to make this dish

  1. Add a pinch of salt to 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. When the water boils, add the dried fonio.Lower the heat, cover the pot and simmer for 5 minutes
  2. After 5 minutes, turn off the heat and leave the lid on to cool completely. Place in the refrigerator until the other ingredients are completely cooled.
  3. Finely chop vegetables (tomatoes, tomatillos, corn, jalapenos)
  4. Put the salad base ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  5. Mix the dressing ingredients in a separate bowl and pour over the salad base.
  6. Mix everything well before serving.

What to accompany this dish

This dish works well with any protein of your choice. It’s the perfect gluten-free alternative for those looking to try an easy recipe that’s perfect for summer and delicious. Here are some of the best blog recipes for this dish. To do.

Tofu Yassa: Senegalese tofu dish stuffed with caramelized onions and mustard for a sweet and tangy taste.

Mishkaki tofu skewers: East African-style spicy skewers reminiscent of the same taste as the Mishkaki sold on the streets of Dar es Salaam.

Suya Meatballs: Suya is a roadside barbecue meat sold in West Africa with a spicy peanut-based dry rub.

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