Summer is coming and it’s always great to have some lighter meal ideas under your belt. I want a bit more from a salad than a bit of lettuce, tomato & cucumber though… I need some flavour! This gorgeous couscous salad recipe (adapted from Oh My Dish) does that by the bucket load. It’s packed full of goodness & it’s seriously tasty! I particularly love the addition of the sweet potato, it really kicks it up a notch.
Here is what you will need to serve 2 as a main or 4 as a side dish:
- 150g Couscous
- 300ml Boiling Water
- Olive Oil
- 1 Sweet Potato, peeled & cubed
- 1 Shallot, finely diced
- 1 Garlic Clove, finely diced
- 1 Aubergine, sliced *
- 4 Sundried Tomatoes, sliced + the Oil
- 8 Cherry Tomatoes, halved
- Handful of Rocket or chopped Romaine Lettuce
- Juice of half a Lemon
- Salt & Pepper
* I ended up picking out the aubergine but, even if you don’t like it, keep trying! It’s the only way to change your tastebuds. Trust me – I was the worlds fussiest eater as a child!
In a large glass bowl, add in the couscous, a generous helping of salt & pepper and about 1 tbsp of the oil from the sundried tomatoes jar.
Pour in the boiling water, stir with a fork and cover with cling film. Leave to one side whilst we prepare the rest of the dish.
Heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat then add in about 1 tbsp of olive oil.
Dump in the cubed potato and fry for a few minutes.
Then add in the diced shallot & garlic and fry for about 10-15 minutes until the potato is golden and cooked. (Soft in the middle.) Season to taste with salt & pepper.
When cooked, take out the pan and sprinkle with a little salt.
Season with a little more salt & pepper if it needs it. Squeeze over the juice from the lemon and add a good glug of olive oil.
Give it all a good stir and divide between serving plates. Top with slices of aubergine and a handful of either rocket or romaine lettuce.
I absolutely love this salad. It only takes about half an hour to make, it’s tasty, satisfying & good for you too! In my opinion, it’s a perfect, bright & colourful Spring/Summer dish. Great if you want a bit of light, al fresco dining in your back garden or on the park!
I hope you enjoyed this week’s post my lovelies, until next time!