Saturday 6 March 2010

Couscous Salad

Couscous Salad-Couscous a grain made from rolled semolina wheat and very popular in Middle Eastern dishes. It’s very versatile; although on its own it’s bland in taste it can be flavoured in variety of different ways to suit the dish. It makes a beautiful and delicious salad or it can be served as a substitute for rice with any vegetable dish.
I first tried this salad whilst on holiday in Greece at a quaint Turkish Cypriot restaurant and since then it’s become a firm family favourite.


1 cup dry instant couscous (will yield 2.5 cups when cooked)
2 inch piece cucumber diced
1 tomato deseeded and diced
2 spring onions finely sliced
1 small carrot grated
1/4 red pepper finely diced
1/4 green pepper finely diced
8 seedless grapes cut in halves
1 tablespoon jalapeno peppers in brine (bottled)
1 tablespoon fresh chopped coriander
4 lemon wedges for garnishing


Juice of 1/2 a lime
1/2 teaspoon lime zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon white pepper powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce (hot red pepper sauce)


1. Make up the instant couscous as per packet instructions. Once couscous is ready, fluff it up with a fork and leave to cool.
2. In a jar with a lid add all the dressing ingredients plus 1 tablespoon brine from the jalapeno peppers. Shake and keep a side.
3. Add the dressing to the cooled couscous and stir in.
4. Mix together the diced cucumber, tomato, carrots and spring onions and peppers and the grapes. Stir in the flavoured couscous and toss together.
5. Transfer the couscous salad to a serving platter and sprinkle on top the jalapeno peppers and coriander.
Serve immediately with hot crusty bread or pitta bread and lemon wedges.

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  1. Couscous salad, looks yummy and delicious

  2. Hey Nayna..cous cous salad looks very colourful and tempting!! thanx for the entry..;-))

  3. This is fantastic dish and very new for me wortha trey as soon as possible
    have a nice sunday

  4. Interesting and healthy one...

  5. Salad looks Healthy ans So Tasty.


  6. this is my favorite !! nice clicks

  7. Healthy and love your picture too....

  8. oh wow! this salad looks delicious!

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  10. sorry,it is I missed the other a on mamay. congrats again. ;) i really loved your yummy recipes, must try!

  11. Thats a filling, wholesome and healthy salad...

  12. wow very interesting n healthy one...nice recipe

  13. wow!awesome click!Luv this healthy&colorful cos salad.Really want 2 try this one...tnx 4 sharing.

  14. at last I found u i was unable to link u back through my comments section.. Thanks for leaving such lovely feedback..
    Nice healthy recipe!

  15. yummy and delicious salad!

  16. Very colorful and inviting salad...looks so tasty :)

  17. this is an excellent dish, we do it differntly!!! love your recipe,well garnished, colourful and filling one!!!

  18. Nice way to eat couscous...........

  19. Nice,colorful salad and beautiful pics

  20. thanks for dropping by SF..
    you have a great blog here and this particular dish i loved very much , i make it myself n have posted some ways of making it on my healthfood blog but this recipe will be a great way to health i am sure...i love all the ingredients n will make it for sure..

  21. This is such a wonderful and flavorful salad, looks delicious ! Thanks so much for sharing this salad with the Healthy Inspirations event...

  22. Colourful healthy and filling salad.Thanks for sending to AWED:Greek.

  23. it came out really nice
    healthy and easy to make



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