Couscous Salad

A delicacy. And something very easy to make indeed. Healthy, good for vegetarians. A perfect accompaniment to other dishes.
Now that you can find precooked couscous very easily, nobody has an excuse not to cook it. If you have not tried it, you will love it. If you have tried it before, you know what I am talking about.


1 cup precooked couscous
1 cup water
1 teaspoon Ras El Hanout
¼ cup chopped onion or green onion
¼ cup chopped squash
¼ cup frozen corn
¼ cup chopped carrot
¼ cup chopped green pepper
¼ cup chopped lettuce
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup chopped tomato
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon chopped mint leaves
½ teaspoon chopped basil leaves

First we will prepare the vegetables. We will cut them in little pieces. Then we will sauté onions, carrots and green pepper in a pan. Five minutes later we will add the squash, the corn, the garlic, the salt and the black pepper. In the meantime, we can prepare the couscous. We will heat the water with some drops of oil in it. When it is hot, remove from the fire and add the couscous. Let the couscous absorb the water and add the Ras El Hanout, a Moroccan mixture of spices. If you cannot find it, you can use a good curry powder. Mix well. Now we will add the squash, the corn and the garlic to the pan. A couple of minutes later we will add the rest of the ingredients: the tomato, the lettuce, the salt, the lemon juice, the mint and the basil. We cook it for two more minutes and remove the pan from the stove. Then we will mix everything with the couscous. If we need it, we can add more olive oil and lemon juice before serving. This is a different salad. I like to eat it a bit warm but I know that some people will like it cold also. Anyway, enjoy it.

gotta try it

I love couscous! I use couscous to make taboule prepare the couscous and then add chopped onions, tomatoes, cucumber, loads of fresh herbs (mix of parsley and mint.I prefer to use a roughly grated cucumber rather than hot water.It also add a fresh taste which goes well with the herbs.