Jane's Amazing Crunchy Lunchbox Salad

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“This recipe comes from my mother, Jane. I don't know how she came up with it, as the dressing sounds weird, but it is quite delicious and very easy to make. It is great for your lunchbox (see notes) as the lettuce can be kept separate until you eat and doesn't get slimy. Quantities are very approximate, as it isn't the sort of recipe that you measure closer than 'a handful'. It is very filling and makes quite a lot - probably enough for two people who aren't as greedy as I am! PLEASE NOTE: The vital ingredient is missing below, because has never heard of it: 2 oz Bombay Mix (also known as chevda or Punjabi Mix)”

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  1. Cut the firm ingredients into chunks about 1/2" across and put them in the bottom of your container.
  2. The ingredients marked with a * are optional; feel free to substitute other firm vegetables such as cauliflower (but not softer ones like tomatoes or mushrooms).
  3. Add the cucumber (cut into 1/2" chunks), grapes and the oil and soy sauce.
  4. Mix well (if you make this the night before, mix first, then put the cucumber and grapes on top).
  5. Chop the lettuce into bite-size pieces and place it on top of the rest (don't mix!).
  6. Put the Bombay Mix in a separate container and pack a fork too.
  7. At lunchtime, mix the lettuce into the rest of the salad with your fork, then pour the Bombay Mix on top and mix gently. Eat immediately, so the Bombay Mix stays crunchy.

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