I don’t know about you, but I’m a little bit tired of salad being defined as iceberg lettuce, slightly unripe tomatoes and watery cucumber. Don’t get me wrong, a nice crisp, iceberg has it’s place (on a tortilla wrap with tartar sauce, gherkins and fish fingers, for example), but when it comes to a salad for lunch, or a side dish for dinner, I really want something more.
Enter the kidney bean and sweetcorn salad. Prices are correct, as of 29/03/2015. As usual, I’m using Tesco via Mysupermarket – I imagine that Lidl/Aldi would be cheaper though, especially for the kidney beans.
1 can of kidney beans – 30p Tesco Value (23p at Aldi)
60mls olive oil (vegetable is fine) – 15p ish
1/2 clove of garlic – 2-5p
pinch of salt – 1p
Ground black pepper – 1p
125g of frozen sweetcorn – 13p (using Tesco Value)
1/2 a red pepper -25p for a pepper from a Tesco Value multipack (approx), making it around 13p for half
2 tomatoes – 7p from a Tesco Value multipack (approx), so 14p for 2
1/2 a finely sliced onion – 16p for one onion, so 8p for half
1 lime – 30p
Total cost: £1.21 in total, using Tesco beans.
OR £1.14 using Aldi beans.
Drain your beans, chop your veg and mix your liquids. Stir it all together and you’re done. With the sweetcorn being frozen, just leave it to stand a while on the side before serving. You don’t need to cook the sweetcorn, but you do need to let it come up to room temperature.
As a lunch, I’d say it serves 3, but I would stir some pasta through it – 75g per person, and costing around 7p. So as a lunch 47p for Tesco beans and 45p for Aldi beans.
If you did chose to have it as a side, I’d say this could serve 4 people, presuming there was something else (baked potatoes, potato wedges, garlic bread, rice salad, pasta salad… whatever you can think of). That makes it 31p for Tesco beans and 29p for Aldi beans.
Nom nom nom!
What are your favourite lunch dishes?
— Farn ❤