Cous Cous and Roasted Vegetable Salad with Buttermilk Chicken

This is my current favourite salad, it’s great for those milder summer and autumn days and is very quick and easy to make.  Even easier if you have left over roast vegetables.  Buttermilk marinades are very versatile and can be used on most meats.  I’ve only tried it on chicken so far, but intend to use it a bit more this year.


Cous Cous and Roasted Vegetable Salad

Serves 6
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Allergy / Intolerance Amines, Artificial Addititives, Artificial Colours, Dairy, Egg, Glutamates, Preservatives, Salicylates
Suitable for Dairy / Lactose Free, RPAH Elimination Diet - Low Chemical / Failsafe, RPAH Elimination Diet - Moderate Chemical, Salicylate Challenge
Meal type Salad, Side Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Warm
Occasion Barbecue, Picnic
Quick and easy cous cous and roasted vegetable salad.


  • 800g chopped vegetables (Refer to note, cut into 1.5 - 2 cm sized pieces.)
  • Rice bran oil
  • 2 cups cous cous (uncooked)
  • Salt
  • Butter or Nuttelex
  • 2 tablespoons chives and/or parsley (finely chopped)


  • 1/2 cup raw cashews (roughly chopped)


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Toss the chopped vegetables in 2 tablespoons of the rice bran oil then spread over a large baking tray.
3. Roast the vegetables for 40 minutes, turning half way through.
4. When the vegetables are almost done cook the cous cous as per the directions on the packet. Stir in the parsley and/or chives.
5. Spread the cous cous over the base of a large flat bottomed bowl. Place the vegetables on top then sprinkle with cashews (if using).
6. Serve the salad warm or place in the fridge until ready and allow to come to room temperature before serving.


Low / Moderate Salicylates, Low Glutamates, Low Amines

For a low chemical / failsafe version you can use peeled potato, leek, swede and choko.  If moderate salicylates are tolerated you can also use carrot, sweet potato, butternut pumpkin, beetroot and parsnip.

Cooked, but firm green beans can also be added.

Buttermilk Marinade

Serves 1/2 cup
Prep time 5 minutes
Allergy / Intolerance Amines, Artificial Addititives, Artificial Colours, Egg, Glutamates, Preservatives, Salicylates, Wheat
Suitable for Gluten Free, RPAH Elimination Diet - Low Chemical / Failsafe
Meal type Ingredient
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable
Occasion Barbecue
Buttermilk marinade for meats.


  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon chives (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon parsley (finely chopped)


1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Add the meat and stir through until it is well coated.
3. Cover and place in the fridge for at least half an hour before cooking.


Low Chemical / Failsafe

Buttermilk marinades can be used with fish, chicken, pork and lamb.  Meat that has been marinated can be grilled, barbecued, fried or baked.  Marinated meat can also be coated in flour or bread crumbs instead of using an egg dip.


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