Somali Salad is your basic simple salad made with just lettuce, tomato, onion and cucumbers, but it is served with a spicy jalapeño dressing called Bizbaz or Bisbas, that is to die for! I am in love! Not only is it quick and easy to whip up and makes an excellent salad dressing, I have put it on grilled meats too and it is awesome.
I love quick and easy recipes and this Somali salad so simple and refreshing and the dressing whips up quickly in a blender. Of course you can use any fresh ingredients you have on hand but be sure to use a red onion, otherwise you may be considered untrustworthy. They have a saying about only using red onions in Somalia to that effect. Also, the dressing can be made with any kind of chili, I loved it with jalapeño but Serrano’s or others I am sure would be just as wonderful.
Did you know that there are more camels in Somalia than anywhere else in the world? About 3/5ths of the population of Somalia is nomadic and camels play an extremely important role in that lifestyle. Have you ever been on a camel?
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Somali Salad with Bizbaz Dressing (Jalapeno Dressing)
- 4 cups lettuce chopped
- 2 small tomatoes chopped
- 1 small red onion chopped
- 1 cucumber peeled and chopped
For the Bizbaz (Jalapeño Dressing)
- 5 Jalapeños Stem cut off
- 1/2 cup ranch dressing
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 lime or lemon juice of
- 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
- In a bowl, toss the lettuce, red onion, tomatoes and cucumber together.
For the Dressing
- Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, adjust seasoning as desired
- Serve the dressing on the side.