Couscous Salad - 1
Couscous Salad - 1
This is a simple and quick lunch/buffet dish to make. You can any salad vegetables and even some chopped fruits to this salad. Addition of cooked prawns or cold meats or smoked/tinned fish is also great. Serves 4
Recipe edited April 2023
1/2 cup or 100-125 gm. Couscous
1 medium onion* (red onions is tastier), about 150 gm., peeled and finely chopped
1-2 medium tomato*, seeds removed and chopped
1 small carrot*, finely chopped or grated
1/2 red/sweet pepper*, seeds removed and finely chopped
1-2 tbsp. chopped chives* or spring onion greens
1-2 green chillies*, finely chopped or chilli flakes or a little chilli sauce
A few pickled olives, if you have any
A small piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped, about a teaspoon
1 handful of coriander leaves, finely chopped (optional)
A few mint leaves, whole or finely chopped (optional
A few lettuce leaves, roughly torn or chopped (optional)
*The amount of salad vegetables depends on your choice, I like salad vegetables, so mix a decent amount. You can reduce them, if you prefer.
Some of the other things you can add
1 apple, de-seeded and finely chopped
1 tender courgette, finely chopped
4-5 green beans blanched and chopped
5-6 red radishes, finely chopped
A little feta cheese, crumbled
A few cooked prawns/or a handful of pieces of cold ham/cold cooked chicken/cold roast beef etc.
Vinaigrette; use any of choice. I often use ready made ones.
Juice and fine zest of 1 1/2 lime
Sea salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, about 1/2 tsp.
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Experiment with other vinaigrette type of Salad Dressings. I sometimes use ready-made ones.
Soak couscous in enough boiling water to just cover. Leave to stand for 10-15 minutes. Drain in a sieve. Make sure that the couscous has no water left and grains are separate. If there is water left, leave to drain it for a little longer. Fluff it up with a fork.
Place all vinaigrette ingredients in a small jar, close the lid and shake to mix.
Place all salad ingredients, including couscous, in a large bowl and stir to mix.
Pour the vinaigrette or your chosen ready made dressing over the salad. Mix gently with a fork.
Taste and adjust seasoning.
Serve at lightly chilled.