This is no ordinary salad. It’s sweet and yet savory, easy and yet complex with flavor, delicate and yet filling, healthy and yet so very, very delicious. Since I first made this salad for a girls’ weekend, it has been my go-to recipe when I have to take a dish to an event; without fail, I will have at least one person ask me for the recipe. It’s great as a side salad, just with some leftover meat or even on its own! I personally love it for lunch with some tinned tuna or shredded chicken…yummo!
You can whip it up for an easy lunch during the week or as a quick dinner on those nights when you just want something that’s simple and delicious on the table in next to no time.
Scrumptious Couscous Salad
2 tsps olive oil
1 large red onion (finely chopped)
4 tsps balsamic vinegar
3 tsps brown sugar
½ cup couscous
¾ cup boiling water
400g can of brown lentils (drained and rinsed)
½ cup flat leaf parsley (chopped)
½ cup fresh mint (chopped)
½ cup coriander (chopped)
8 fresh dates (pitted and thinly sliced)^
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
250g cherry tomatoes (halved)
1 ½ tbsp lemon rind (grated)
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
80g Fetta (crumbled)
^I have also used dried pitted dates, and they are also excellent!
- Heat the oil in a small frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occaisionally, for 8 minutes until soft. Next, add the sugar and vinegar and stir for 60 seconds. Remove from heat.
- In a heatproof bowl, pour the couscous. Cover with the boiling water, cover and set aside for approximately 5 minutes. The couscous is ready with the water has been absorbed and the grains can be easily separated with a fork.
- Add the onion mixture, lentils, parsley, mint, coriander, dates, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, lemon rind, lemon juice and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Crumble feta over the top of the salad.
- Serve as desired and enjoy!
Give it a go this weekend, you won’t be disappointed! You probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already!
Pass this recipe on to your friends to share the yummy couscousy love.