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Rainbow jar salad recipe

Rainbow jar salad recipe

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Every kid will love their rainbow lunch full to the brim with salad, vegetables, couscous and a soft cheese dressing. If you are in a rush then these rainbow salads are just as beautiful all thrown together in a bowl and tossed with the dressing to coat. See method

  • Serves 2
  • 20 mins to prepare and 5 mins to cook
  • 341 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian


  • 100g fine beans
  • 110g sachet roasted vegetable couscous
  • 1 carrot, coarsely grated
  • ¼ iceberg lettuce, finely shredded
  • 100g sweetcorn from a 325g tin, drained
  • 100g cherry tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cucumber, finely diced
  • 50g pitted black olives, finely sliced
  • 50g 50% less fat soft cheese
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    10g 14%
  • Saturates

    3g 17%
  • Sugars

    19g 21%
  • Salt

    1.4g 24%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 45.5g Protein 15.2g Fibre 10.7g


  1. Steam the fine beans for 5 mins. Cool slightly before finely chopping.
  2. Empty the couscous pack into a medium bowl and pour over 170ml boiling water, stir well and leave to stand for 5 mins. Fluff with a fork to separate.
  3. Divide the couscous between 2 large jars or pint glasses and press down with the back of a spoon. Layer up each glass with beans, red pepper, carrot, lettuce, sweetcorn, tomatoes, cucumber and black olives.
  4. To make a dressing, combine the soft cheese, lemon juice, parsley and 2 tsp cold water. Stir to combine and serve with the rainbow salads and the bread rolls.

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Cooking for children: There are no reference intakes for children and all of these recipes are based on recommendations for an adult woman's portion size. In children of different ages, there is variation in their energy (calorie) requirements and nutrient recommendations. If you are interested in which portion size is best for your child, you can visit the School Food Standards.

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