Slaai of Swaziland

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Land-locked almost entirely by South Africa, Swaziland was another mysterious country to me. Finding the “national dish” of the country was also a mysterious and trying process. I had found this recipe for Slaai, a salad with unique toppings, from the blog of a woman who lived in Swaziland for a period of time. Though maybe not the national dish of Swaziland, she said these ingredients reflected meals she’d eaten, and this particular ingredient combination was common. Initially looking at it, I knew I had never had a salad like this before. Take a look for yourself:

Ingredient List

  • Large avocado, cubed
  • Romaine, chopped
  • Cooked beats, sliced
  • Radishes, sliced
  • Crushed peanuts
  • Dressing: 1 lemon juiced, freshly grated ginger, s+p

Quick Quotes

S: “A little too lemony, but I’m proud of Swaziland for trying to be healthy instead of just making lemonade.”

T:” Surprising combo! And I surprisingly enjoyed it!”

Trivial Trifles

  • Swaziland has two capitals: Lobamba & Mbabane
  • There are three official languages: English, Swati, South African English
  • Swaziland has a monarchy, ruled by King Mswati III
  • The motto of Swaziland is “Siyinqaba” (in Swati) or translated here in English:
    “We are a fortress”
    “We are a mystery/riddle”
    “We hide ourselves away”
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