Thursday, August 30, 2007

Very quick couscous recipe with salad and peppers

Here's a great couscous recipe which is suitable for vegetarians and can be rustled up in just ten minutes. It's from the Waitrose supermarket chain so it uses some of their own line products as ingredients, but obviously you can adapt those quite easily if there isn't a Waitrose store near you.

Serves: 4

180g Waitrose Wholesome Couscous
300ml hot chicken or vegetable stock
350g jar Gaea Flame Roasted Red Peppers, drained
1 ripe medium avocado
1 bunch salad onions
½ cucumber
100g cherry vine tomatoes
160g bag Waitrose Beetroot Salad leaves
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp Waitrose Balsamic Vinegar

1. Place the couscous in a bowl, add the stock and leave for 5 minutes until the water has been absorbed. Fluff up the couscous with a fork and allow to cool completely.
2. Roughly chop the peppers. Halve the avocado, remove the stone and peel, then chop the flesh roughly. Trim and finely chop the salad onions. Peel and halve the cucumber lengthways, remove the seeds using a teaspoon, then slice into chunky pieces. Halve the tomatoes.
3. When ready to serve, place the cooled couscous, peppers, avocado, onion, cucumber, tomato and salad leaves in a serving bowl. Whisk the lemon juice and vinegar together with a little seasoning and drizzle over the salad. Toss well and serve, either as a meal in itself, or with hand-carved turkey or ham slices from the deli counter, plus warm crusty bread.

Cook's tips

Try using vegetables such as roasted courgettes, red onions and aubergines, or use millet or bulghur wheat instead of couscous.

Drinks recommendation

Serve with a glass of cider.

Acknowledged Source of couscous recipe:

from Waitrose