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VEGAN RECIPE – AFRICA

North African Couscous Salad Recipe

Introduction: This North African Couscous Salad is a delightful and refreshing dish that brings together the vibrant flavors of the region with a mix of couscous, fresh vegetables, and a zesty dressing. This salad is not only visually appealing with its colorful assortment of vegetables but also offers a harmonious blend of textures and tastes that are perfect for enjoying during warm weather. Whether you’re planning a picnic, a potluck, or simply a light meal, this salad is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Cooking Time: Approximately 25 minutes Serves: 4-6

Ingredients: For the Salad:

  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 ¼ cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • ¼ cup black olives, pitted and halved
  • ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
  • ¼ cup toasted almonds, chopped (optional)

For the Dressing:

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Couscous:
    • In a medium saucepan, bring the water or vegetable broth to a boil.
    • Stir in the couscous and a pinch of salt.
    • Remove from heat, cover the saucepan with a lid, and let it sit for about 5 minutes until the couscous absorbs the liquid.
    • Fluff the couscous with a fork to break up any clumps and let it cool to room temperature.
  2. Prepare the Dressing:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, ground cumin, ground coriander, paprika, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Assemble the Salad:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked and cooled couscous, halved cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, diced red bell pepper, finely chopped red onion, chopped parsley, chopped mint leaves, and halved black olives.
    • If using feta cheese and toasted almonds, add them to the bowl as well.
  4. Add the Dressing:
    • Pour the prepared dressing over the salad ingredients.
  5. Toss and Chill:
    • Gently toss all the ingredients together until well combined and coated with the dressing.
  6. Chill and Serve:
    • Cover the salad bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  7. Final Touches:
    • Before serving, give the salad another gentle toss to redistribute the flavors.
    • Optionally, garnish with additional chopped herbs, feta cheese, or toasted almonds.

Tips:

  • You can customize this salad by adding grilled chicken, chickpeas, or roasted vegetables for added protein and heartiness.
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of dressing according to your taste preference.
  • Make ahead: You can prepare the salad and dressing separately, then combine them just before serving to keep the couscous from becoming too soggy.

This North African Couscous Salad is a versatile and satisfying dish that’s perfect for any occasion, from picnics to casual gatherings. Its vibrant colors, fresh flavors, and zesty dressing make it a wonderful addition to your recipe repertoire.

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