Salted Cashew Couscous 30p a serving

Aug 8, 2013 | 8 comments


Salted Cashew Couscous 30p a serving


Wanted to try a couscous salad that I have been doing for a while and see if I could get it sub 50p. Well, it worked out at 60p for the dish in the picture, and there is plenty there for two, so 30p each, billy bargain 🙂

Couscous Salad

125g couscous, £1.35/1kg, 17p
2 tbslp oil, £1.35/1 litre, 4p
Juice and zest of half a lemon, 85p/6 lemons, 7p
60g peas, 98p/kg, 6p
40g carrot, grated, 80p/kg, 3p
Sprig mint, basil and coriander if you have them
30g salted cashews, 75p/125g, 18p
1/4 onion, sliced very fine, 98p/2kg, 5p

Herb sprigs

Put the couscous in a bowl and add the zest and juice of the lemon, the oil and 125ml water. Add the carrot. Cook the peas (1 min in the microwave from frozen will do it) and add to the couscous.

Chop the herbs very finely and add. Mix in the cashews. Leave all to stand for 10 minutes or so. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

Half of this will be my lunch tomorrow. I wanted to make the recipe as reproducable as possible, otherwise I would have added some grated courgette as we have lots of them at the moment, and rummaged around in the fridge more to see what I could throw in.


You can add a great many other vegetables to this, depending on what you have. Cooked peppers from a jar, fine sliced radishes, fine chopped cucumber, tomato, raw or cooked broccoli or cauliflower. Or how about some roasted courgette and carrot, the red is a pepper that was in the fridge, have a look to see what you have in the fridge and cupboard and put in anything that you like in a combination, it will be yummy!

Nutrition, 483 cals, 58g carbs, 23g fat, 11g protein per serving
Roasted courgette

This features in Meal Plan 1, a complete 7 day plan for 2 adults. Contains 3 meals a day, plus snacks , all recipes and a shopping list

Faggots & Gravy



  1. Lesley

    Well, with things so cheap here, unless you really need to, does it matter? Cashews AND feta sounds good to me

    And thanks for the compliment, it means a lot

  2. Alison Morris

    I’m just really bad at being thrifty – after all, if cashews taste nice in it, and feta tastes nice in it, it’s a very short step to adding both, and feeling the impact on both my waistline and my purse.

    Thank you again for this resource – I haven’t tried anything here that I didn’t like!

  3. Lesley

    Well, salads like these are one of the many things that can be varied indefinitely depending entirely on what you have available. That’s what home cooking is all about after all!

  4. Alison Morris

    I tried this at the weekend and thought it was absolutely delicious. Even my husband (who’s a carrot hater) liked it. I’ve made an adaptation to take to work today for lunch – no peas, more red onion, spring onion and lemon juice, some chopped red pepper and a little bit of feta cheese. Admittedly that has probably put the cost up again, even though the onion and spring onions were from the garden.

  5. Lesley

    Gem – Brilliant, so glad you liked it !

  6. Gem

    Decided to try out the meal plans and this is the first recipe that we’ve tried and I was amazed at how good this looked and tasted. All those veggies!! Being broke doesn’t seem so bad now. Thank you.

  7. Lesley

    Yes, that’s right, no need to cook, the couscous will just soak it up after a few minutes

  8. Fran

    Do you need to precook the couscous or does it absorb the 125ml of water?


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