Store-cupboard Salad

Much like my store cupboard pasta recipe, this is a really handy meal idea for moments when it feels like the fridge is almost empty and you’ve not yet had a chance to stock-up again. It’s amazing what a delight of a meal this can seemingly conjur from thin-air (albeit actually from a handily stocked store cupboard) in just a matter of minutes. My idea of a perfect, hearty lunch time salad.

Do add some flaked tuna, salmon or cold cooked chicken and a tablespoon of capers if you have them to hand or fancy a more substantial meal. If not, it’s already complete as is.

serves 2 for lunch, or 4 as a side


400g chickpeas or butter beans, drained & rinsed
200g cooked lentils (or cooked quinoa if you’d prefer) – I really like the Merchant Gourmet pouches for this.
150g stoned green olives, drained & roughly chopped
100g artichoke hearts, drained & roughly chopped
100g peeled peppers, thinly sliced
½ red onion, peeled & very finely chopped (or 3 spring onions, chopped)
150g cherry tomatoes, halved
2 handfuls rocket (or other baby salad leaves)
Any fresh herbs you like, if you have them (optional)
Grilled halloumi slices (optional)


Juice of 1 lemon
6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper


Make the dressing by whisking the lemon juice and olive oil together until it emulsifies, or (as I do), put into a clean jam-jar, screw on the lid tightly and shake. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Mix all the salad ingredients together in a bowl and toss through enough dressing to cover. You’ll likely have a little dressing leftover, which is handy to keep in the fridge for another meal.



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