Cheap & Cheerful – The Ultimate Lunchbox Salad

If you’re a little bit tight nearing the end of the month but still want to be able to make something really satisfying, filling and delicious, this really is the perfect salad! It costs about £7 to make and feeds 4 to 6 people – depending on appetites! It lasts a few days so it’s also great to take with you to work as a packed lunch the next day.

You will need:

  • 1 tin of lentils, drained
  • 1 tin of chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tin of kidney beans, drained
  • 1 tin of sweetcorn, drained
  • 1 jar of sundried tomatoes (or the slightly more expensive kind from the deli section), drained – squeeze the excess oil out of them if they are particularly oily
  • 1 jar of pitted black olives, drained and halved / chopped
  • 1 packet of cooked beetroot (not the kind in vinegar!), chopped
  • Olive oil, salt & pepper
  • Optional: fresh chopped coriander / spring onion and a squeeze of lemon juice to give the salad a lift


  1. Combine the lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, sweetcorn, sundried tomatoes, olives and beetroot in a large salad bowl. Make sure there is no excess liquid – drain through a sieve if necessary!
  2. Season with salt & pepper, add a generous glug of extra virgin olive oil and toss it all together. I added a bunch of chopped spring onion (coriander works well too) and a good squeeze of lemon juice to make the salad sing.
  3. Boom! A cheap and cheerful salad in less than 5 minutes and with plenty left over to take to work the next day!


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