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Salad help please

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Gileswithachainsaw Mon 01-Aug-16 10:33:05

I need a simple and tasty bean salad recipe. One that will transport ok in a lunch box.

Also need inspiration for cous cous and <whispers> quinoa

Dd has requested some salads for her lunch box in september.

And does anyone know if pine nuts are classed as nuts or seeds? School has a nut ban

Gileswithachainsaw Mon 01-Aug-16 11:52:22


Gileswithachainsaw Mon 01-Aug-16 16:54:34


AtleastitsnotMonday Mon 01-Aug-16 19:16:00

Harissa spiced veg cous cous
I make this quite often an find it pretty tasty.

Gileswithachainsaw Mon 01-Aug-16 19:20:10

Ooh that looks nice I have to leave out sweet potato as she doesn't like it. But it looks good thanks smile

blueistheonlycolourwefeel Mon 01-Aug-16 19:21:06

I make plain cous cous and add cucumber, tomato, spring onions and olives.

SwearyGodmother Mon 01-Aug-16 19:24:05

I make this couscous one from
BBC Good Food quite frequently. It's so quick and tasty.

P1nkP0ppy Mon 01-Aug-16 19:24:16

How about making tabbouleh? That's really simple and delicious.

Gileswithachainsaw Mon 01-Aug-16 19:31:29

Are pine nuts nuts? Those look nice too but not sure I can put the pine nuts in?

Ellypoo Mon 01-Aug-16 19:31:42

I've had a gorgeous quinoa with roasted veg salad - just make up the quinoa, roast whatever veg you've got (beetroot, carrots, butternut squash, onion, celery, peppers all roast nicely) then just mix it all together.

almostthirty Mon 01-Aug-16 19:39:17

Download the easy meal app, it has some great recipes on there.

wobblywonderwoman Mon 01-Aug-16 19:42:34

I bought quinoa as I had it out and it was lovely. It tasted just of lemon juice and had spring onion and cherry tomatoes so I am hoping there was no other ingredient and its tasteless.

SwearyGodmother Mon 01-Aug-16 19:54:05

Sorry skim read the OP - I suspect you'll have to leave them out but think the good food one will be absolutely fine without the pine nuts - there's lots of flavour in there!

Oblomov16 Mon 01-Aug-16 19:57:21


Gileswithachainsaw Mon 01-Aug-16 19:59:01

We are going to be living off cous cous blushgrin

rogerroger123 Mon 01-Aug-16 21:17:05

Bean recipe- mixed bean or white beans with parsley, red onion, cubed cucumber and tuna, you could also cube up some peppers or halve cherry toms, plenty of black pepper and salt, olive oil and vinegar of your choice or squeeze of lemon. Holds up well in the frige for a couple of days too

Gileswithachainsaw Mon 01-Aug-16 21:30:50

Thanks roger sounds lovely and simple smile

Motherfuckers Tue 02-Aug-16 05:51:24

Pine nuts are actually seeds, so they should be ok.

mishmash1979 Tue 02-Aug-16 07:41:02

Waitrose do some really nice flavoured cous cous packets which I add roast veggies to and chicken if we have had a roast recently

mishmash1979 Tue 02-Aug-16 07:41:26

A packet is 93p and lasts 2 lunches

Gileswithachainsaw Tue 02-Aug-16 08:47:27

I'll head off to wait rose. And yay on the pine nuts!!!

blueistheonlycolourwefeel Tue 02-Aug-16 22:23:36

My friend is allergic to peanuts and pine nuts......

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