Favourite Couscous Salad

by Trudy ~ Veggie num num on January 6, 2010

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Couscous Salad

I have been making this salad for years and still remember the first time I dreamed it up. The idea came from a vague desire to combine two of my most favourite ingredients, couscous and yoghurt, with a simple and easy salad. We eat it all the time at home as it is a complete meal in itself full of flavour, vitamins and minerals and a good source of protein.

Equally as good with parsley or a mixture of both parsley and mint, experiment with your favourite salad ingredients. Although I haven’t tried it a vegan version could be good with plain soy yoghurt or I’m betting very good with tahini.

Preparation time: 20 mins
Serves 4

  • 1 ½ cups couscous
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 400g (14 oz) tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 punnet of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ½ small continental cucumber, diced
  • ½ red capsicum/bell pepper (equally good with yellow), diced
  • ¼ red onion, diced
  • 1 tbs fresh chopped mint and/or parsley

for dressing

  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 good tbs natural set yoghurt

Bring the stock to boil, remove from heat and add the couscous; give the mixture a stir, place the lid on top and leave for around 5 minutes; when the couscous has absorbed the liquid fluff with a fork to separate.

Mix the lemon juice and olive oil together and then toss through couscous.

Add the salad ingredients including chickpeas and mint to the couscous; season with salt and pepper and toss well.

Add the yoghurt and gently fold through, don’t worry if the salad becomes a little gluggy just add a little more lemon juice or olive oil.

Serve garnished with fresh mint leaves.

Great as a meal on its own or as a side dish; enjoy!!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

lisaiscooking January 7, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I love chickpeas in couscous, and the dressing sounds delicious!

Trudy (veggie num num) January 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm

chickpeas and couscous; a match made in veggie heaven : )

Fenke February 4, 2010 at 11:29 pm

i love couscous salad! this is very similar to the recipe i always make. capers and some toasted walnuts or sesame seeds are a great addition, too!

Trudy (veggie num num) May 12, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Sounds delish Fenke :)

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