Summer Couscous Salad – BBC Good Food, Source
A Middle Eastern treat, ready in minutes
INGREDIENTS FOR 4
• 250g couscous
• 250ml vegetable stock , boiling
• 400g can chickpeas , drained and rinsed
• 1-2 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
• 300g courgettes , sliced on the slant
• 300g small vine-ripened tomatoes , halved
• 250g pack halloumi cheese , thickly sliced and then halved lengthways
FOR THE DRESSING
• 125ml olive oil
• 3 tbsp lime juice
• 2 large garlic cloves , finely chopped
• 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
• ½ tsp sugar
Preparation and cooking times – Serves 4
Cook 40 mins
1. Tip the couscous into a bowl, pour the boiling stock over and mix well with a fork.
2. Cover with a plate and leave for 4 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, tip all the dressing ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
4. Fluff up the couscous with a fork, stir in the chickpeas and follow with half the dressing.
5. Mix well and pile on to a large serving dish.
6. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan and fry the courgette slices over a high heat for 2-3 minutes until dark golden brown.
7. Lift out on to kitchen paper.
8. Now put the tomatoes cut-side down into the pan, and cook for another couple of minutes until tinged brown on the underside.
9. Top the couscous with the courgettes and then the tomatoes.
10. If the pan is dry, pour in a little more oil and heat it up, then add the halloumi strips and fry for 2-3 minutes, turning them over from time to time, until crisp and sizzled brown.
11. Pile on top of the tomatoes, and drizzle with the remaining dressing.
12. Serve as soon as possible.
Per serving: 721 kcalories, protein 23g, carbohydrate 47g, fat 50 g, saturated fat 14g, fibre 4g, sugar 1g, salt 2.86 g
Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2003.