Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Whole food salad

With just over 3 weeks to go to my holiday I'm on the last push to eating healthy to keep the weight down. The silver lining being mammoth eating and drinking on holiday !

I decided some bulk cooking was in order to take lunch to work. After eating a very healthy and totally yummy whole food salad from M&S last weekend I had a go at preparing a version of my own.

Couscous can be classed as a whole food if it's made from 100 percent whole-grain durum. Unfortunately what I had in the cupboard was not, but when making the next batch I will buy 100 percent durum!
You can make this with any whole food ingredients you like, the M&S one even had blueberries and mango. This is how I made mine.

100g Quinoa
100g Barley
100g Couscous
100g Tesco seed, pine nut and tomato salad topper
1 Butternut squash - peeled , chopped and roasted in a little olive.
1/2 cucumber - seeds removed and chopped.

For the dressing I blitzed up and bottled
1/4 tsp lemon zest
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 large garlic clove - grated
15 basil leaves
100ml olive oil
Balsamic & cider vinegar to taste

  • Cook Quinoa,Barley and Couscous according to packet instructions, let cool
  • when cooled combine all ingredients for salad together.
That's it simple. I served mine with rocket and drizzled with the dressing.

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  1. this looks totally delicious! and i love those lunch boxes, where are they from?

  2. It is a totally delish salad. Thank you for your comment. The lunch boxes are made by a company called Box appetit , I bought mine from a design store called utility http://www.utilitydesign.co.uk/mall/productpage.cfm/UtilityDesign/_UT21999/353307/Box%20Appetit%20Lunch%20Box#.USUxHZEgGSM

    You can also get them from Lakeland http://www.lakeland.co.uk/14703/Box-Appetit---Large-Lunch-Box

    I have also seen them in John Lewis :0)