This easy couscous salad is a great make-ahead dish that you can use for a light supper or as a side dish. It is one of the main dishes in my repertoire of meals to make when I don’t have time to cook.
I discovered this recipe in a cookbook called French Food at Home by Laura Calder. I first saw her on the Cooking Channel a few years ago when I was lamenting the fact that all the cooking shows seem to have turned into competitions. And there she was calmly cooking in a lovely, real kitchen. She is so funny and instructive on the show and she really made me start to care about what I was eating and where it came from. Up until that point I was mildly interested in a French style of eating but she really brought it home for me. In her book this recipe is under “Tabbouleh” if you are looking for the original.
- 2 cups couscous
- ¾ cup lemon juice
- ¾ cup olive oil
- ½ cup or to taste chopped fresh parsley
- ½ cup or to taste chopped mint
- 2 medium tomatoes or about 2 cups mixed grape tomatoes chopped
- 1 red or orange pepper, seeded and chopped small yellow onion or red for color, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
Mix the couscous, lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl and then let sit until it is al dente. I do this the night before or in the morning and let it sit all day in the refrigerator, stirring occasionally if I am home. Mix in herbs, chopped vegetables and salt and pepper to taste.
Laura Calder has written four cookbooks, and is working on a fifth book called, How to Live an Inviting Life to be published in 2017. If you are lucky you can catch her show “French Food at Home” in reruns on the Cooking Channel or check some of them out on youtube. She also has her own youtube channel and writes a column for The Globe and Mail. My daughters and I just love her and you should too! 🙂
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