Things I have been cooking lately #122: Moroccan couscous jewel salad

Mr O and I are continuing to work hard on our healthy eating so I’ve been making loads of salads.  This couscous based one has been such a hit that it’s become an almost overnight lunch/dinner staple. The reason it’s called a “jewel” salad is because all the pretty colourful ingredients look like little jewels dotted through the couscous.

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Moroccan couscous jewel salad 

Adapted from mediterrasian.com

175g couscous
300ml boiling chicken (or vegetable stock if you want to make the recipe vegetarian)
2 tablespoons extra virgin oil
Juice of half a lemon
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 carrot peeled and grated
1 red or yellow pepper, diced
100g pomegranate seeds
1/4 red onion, diced
1 400g can of chickpeas, drained
1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley chopped

Place the couscous in a bowl large enough to hold all the ingredients. Pour over the chicken stock and cover the top of the bowl with clingfilm, a pot lid or a plate. Set aside.

Prepare the vegetables.

Put the olive oil, spices, salt and lemon juice in small bowl and whisk together.

Remove the covering from the couscous bowl and fluff with a fork. Pour in the dressing and stir through. Add the vegetables, pomegranate, chickpeas and parsley and mix well.

Serves 4

10 Comments

  1. I have a thing for chickpeas. I LOVE them. This salad looks incredible. I’ll have to make it

    1. abbiosbiston

      Mr O cannot get enough of it. He’s been demanding it weekly.

  2. I haven’t had couscous in years. We had it at least three nights a week when I was a teenager, and I’m still burned out on it. So, cautionary tale there for you. 🙂

    1. abbiosbiston

      I think everyone has foods like that!

  3. Wow even the name sound scrumptious! Mr O is one lucky bloke, Abbi 😉

    1. abbiosbiston

      Aww thanks! He does say part of the reason he married me was for the food!

  4. Not only does it seem yummy, it’s actually a very pretty dish, too. Never had couscous in my life! The food so nice they named it twice!

    1. abbiosbiston

      You’ve never had couscous?? You should try it out it’s a great alternative to rice or pasta.

  5. I made this yesterday for a family get-together. It received mixed reviews. I love it! It tastes even better the next day, I think. I’ll be making this again for sure. Thanks for another great recipe 🙂

    1. abbiosbiston

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it. It definitely improves with a little time to marinate. It’s quite exotic though so I can imagine it might not be for everyone.

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