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Runner bean & pea couscous salad

Runner bean & pea couscous salad

Crunchy runner beans with fresh peas and healthy couscous - this is a super healthy vegetarian dish

Serves 4 as a side dish

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5-6 minutes

What you need:

  • 150g runner beans
  • 75g podded peas
  • 250ml vegetable or chicken stock
  • 150g couscous
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, seeds removed and diced
  • ½ small red onion, finely diced
  • 8 black olives, chopped
  • 20g flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • A small handful (about 5g) mint leaves, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

What you do:

  1. Top and tail the runner beans, destring and cut the beans on the diagonal into slices. Put the beans into a pan of boiling, salted water and simmer for 1 minute, then add the peas to the pan and continue cooking for another 4-5 minutes. Drain the beans and peas and refresh in cold water. Set aside.
  2. Put the stock into a pan and bring to the boil. Meanwhile, put the couscous into a bowl. When the stock has come up to the boil, pour it over the couscous in the bowl, stir well, cover and leave for 5 minutes until the couscous has absorbed all the stock. Fluff up the couscous with a fork and place in a serving bowl.
  3. Add the cooked beans and peas and all the remaining ingredients to the couscous and mix well to combine. Season to taste.

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