Keeping It Real: Chuck everything in salad10

Posted on February 4, 2014 by ChristieDinner Time, Northern Rivers Stories, Vegetarian


Today is less of a recipe, more of a philosophy. A rough method, if you will.

Long time readers will know of my intense hatred of food wastage. Yes, hate is a strong word, but in this context it is warranted. I absolutely can’t stand allowing food to go bad in the fridge – it’s the reason why I keep my fridge well organised and clean pretty much all the time.

My favourite way to use up bits and bobs from the fridge and pantry is to make a salad. A chuck everything in salad.

The best way I have found to do this so that you have a successful salad each time (as opposed to a weird salad that tastes like the bottom of the fridge) is to start with a base of couscous and then build it from there. I like to keep it vegetarian, it just seems to work out that way with my fridge scraps, but leftover meat works too.

Simply pour the dry couscous into a bowl and top with the same amount of boiling water from the kettle (ie. 1 cup couscous, 1 cup boiling water). Cover with a tea towel for 5 minutes then fluff up. Now you are ready to make your salad.

My 5 step guide for the ultimate leftovers salad!

  1. Start with some starch: Couscous or leftover cooked brown/white rice, pearl couscous, risoni or quinoa
  2. Lighten with greens: Baby spinach, rocket, sprouts, lettuce or soft herbs
  3. Bulk with vegetables: Raw or cooked veggies – grated carrot, beetroot, tomato, cucumber, celery you know the drill!
  4. Add fat: Avocado, cheese, boiled eggs or leftover meat/fish
  5. Boost with extras: Nuts, seeds, dried fruit

Dress simply with extra virgin olive oil (Australian, if possible) and lemon juice. Season and enjoy!

My salad in the picture above has:

  • couscous
  • fetta
  • avocado
  • rocket
  • tomato
  • cucumber
  • carrot
  • celery
  • basil
  • lemon zest
  • pepitas
  • sunflower seeds
  • chia seeds
  • sesame seeds and
  • craisins


Are you a chuck it all in kinda cook? Or do you have to follow a recipe?

Christie x
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