Butter bean, pepper and carrot salad, with a lemon juice and coconut dressing, 84p

Jul 13, 2014 | 2 comments


imageInspired by yesterday’s salady success, I had another one today. This one was
80g dried butter beans, soaked and cooked, Asda Great Scott 375g/£1.18, 25p
I think this is the equivalent of a tin?
Some lettuce and rocket from the garden
Half a red pepper, very finely sliced, Asda pk of 3, 99p, 16p
A carrot, peeled and cut into ribbons with the peeler, 5p
Handful of grapes, 50g Asda £2.50/kg, 12p
Tblsp lemon juice Asda KTC 39p/250ml, 2p
Tblsp coconut powder, £1.89/159g, 24p
Total of 84p, plus lettuce

I also added a tblsp of sweetcorn because I had a tin open in the fridge

My coconut milk powder is from Approved Foods and bought for a lot less than half the price of a packet from the supermarket, this cuts the price of the dish quite a bit.

As yesterday, can be stretched to 2 portions with crusty bread and butter, or maybe some oven wedges. Would be good for lunch or dinner, or as a packed lunch for work or a picnic in the park.

Mix the lemon juice and coconut powder together. This dressing sings with the lemon juice and is creamy and very slightly sweet from the coconut. You could use coconut milk from a tin if you have no powder.


Layer all the vegetables, as yesterday, any salady type veg will work here.


I loved this. My only complaint was that I hadn’t cooked the butter beans quite long enough, and there wasn’t really enough dressing. I am counting the calories, otherwise I may have made more, or added a tbslp of cream or something. But otherwise, really nice. Actually, I could have added some yoghurt, that would have been allowed calorie wise as well!

I have been growing land cress in the garden for a few years, this year it seems to go to seed before I have had a chance to eat any. So I planted two 12″ pots of proper watercress, which I have to keep permanently in a couple of inches of water, which is fine. But the water has got lots of wrigglers in it now. We have enough trouble with biting bugs here, possibly because of the farm over the road, I don’t want to breed any more. Anybody got any ideas how I can keep the water free of wrigglers?



  1. Lesley

    that was useful info on the webpage, interesting too. I think I might try a tiny drop of bleach. It says on the webpage to keep swimming pools chlorinated, which is the same thing, so could work.

    changed my mind! Have just been out and unplugged them. The pots are outside standing in a greenhouse tray that has got a hole drilled in one end. I’ll leave it for a while, then top them up with water again.

  2. Diane

    Could you change the water every few days or force the water to overflow with a strong stream of water or scoop out the wrigglers with a fine mesh scoop every day or so or add a little bit of bleach to the water without harming the watercress? I found some good info about half way down the page: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef005.asp

    The city used to use the bacterial stuff in standing water near my home back when we got normal amounts of rain. No need in the last three years though. I think the only benefit of our severe drought is the lack of mosquitos! I do not know if that stuff would make the cress inedible. Good luck!

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