Saturday, September 29, 2018

Couscous Salad with Fresh Mint, Coriander, Parsley and Feta cheese

I made some healthy Couscous to accompany a Beef Tagine I was slow cooking, and then as happens in my kitchen, I thought the couscous looked rather boring and bland so I started adding ingredients from what I had and this is what I ended up with. I now had colour on the plate as well as a nutritious side dish.This salad is delicious, versatile and the  simple dressing gives it a nice zing. A dressed grain salad will keep well for a few days in the refrigerator, whereas a dressed green salad is often limp and inedible the following day. Couscous  salad can stand alone for lunch, or is a marvellous accompaniment to a spicy or Middle Eastern style dinner. Other vegetables can be added as well, such as sliced zucchini or sweet corn, after all it is basically a salad. I remembered this idea from a recipe I found here quite a while ago.

I picked this bunch of gerberas this morning from my garden which bring sunshine into the house. They really need breaking up into smaller plants, but now I can't bear to do it whilst they are flowering. I hope they make you feel happy as well.

With Summer approaching here in the Southern Hemisphere I will be making this easy Couscous meal on a regular basis. In the Northern hemisphere though, it can also be a healthy addition to accompany hot meals.

Serves 4-6.
1 cup Wholemeal couscous
1 1/4 cups boiling water
1 cup of finely chopped coriander
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
1/2 cup finely chopped mint
1/2 red onion, chopped very finely
1/2 cucumber chopped very finely
1/2 red capsicum, chopped very finely
3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
2 tablespoons finely crumbled feta cheese (optional)
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup, slightly warmed up so it is runny
Juice of 1 lemon and the zest
Good pinch of cumin.


Pour your couscous into a large heatproof bowl, add the boiling water and rest covered for 5 minutes. Remove the cover and fluff up with a fork.

Toss the finely chopped vegetables through the couscous and then add the herbs,  mixing through lightly.

To make the dressing, add the ingredients including cumin to a small glass jar, screw on the lid and give the jar a good shake. You could also use a small whisk to mix it all together. This isn't a complicated dressing so shaking it up in the jar works fine. Add a little salt and pepper to taste if you think it needs it. If this is being served with spicy foods I don't think it will need it.

Toss the dressing through the couscous and add the pine nuts.

Add the crumbled feta if you are using that. 

This is now ready to serve or store it in the refrigerator.

This will keep well, covered in the refrigerator for 5 days but it won't last that long.

I hope you are having a fabulous weekend wherever you are. I did a lot of cooking on Friday, so we are eating mostly leftovers this weekend, which just keep improving in flavour, and it makes for a nice relaxing weekend. I'll be ready to start cooking again on Monday. Do you sometimes like to have a weekend off from cooking as well?

Best wishes,



  1. This sounds delicious, Pauline.
    Sometimes I make a similar salad with quinoa, but without pine nuts.

    1. Thanks Nil. There is a lot of similarity with the ingredients when cooking with grains isn't there. I must buy some quinoa for something different.

  2. Pauline that looks delicious. I would have to replace the feta cheese though as my hubby doesn't like it. The gerberas are just stunning. Love the colours.

  3. Thanks Chel. This would still taste good without the feta I think. I was surprised at how much we like it:)

  4. This looks wonderful! Loving all the herbs and flavours going on here! :D

  5. this is a fabulous salad pauline. i make a very similar one myself for summer nights. Beautiful gerberas you have. so bright and cheery. have a good week. cheers sherry


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