Tomato, Pearl Couscous and Herb Salad

This is a lovely salad to enjoy any time of the year. We share it as a meal for lunch, but it would also make a nice salad at suppertime.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry pearl couscous
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • ΒΌ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2-3 spring onions, chopped
  • handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • small handful cilantro or coriander, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mint leaves, chopped (optional)
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Place the dry couscous in a saucepan.
  2. Add 2 cups water and 1 vegetable bouillon cube.
  3. Bring the liquid to a boil, then turn down the heat and allow to simmer until the couscous has swollen and is soft.
  4. You may need to add the 3rd cup of water or just part of it.
  5. When the couscous is soft remove from the heat and place a lid on it as it will continue swelling.
  6. Meanwhile wash and slice the tomatoes, spring onions and herbs.
  7. In a small bowl, mix the oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  8. Take the pot of couscous, which has slightly congealed, and pour some water over it using a spoon, separate the couscous pearls and place in a sieve to drain. I rinse slightly with cool water.
  9. Place the drained couscous in a large salad bowl.
  10. Add the tomatoes and spring onions.
  11. Pour the dressing over and mix well.
  12. Add the chopped herbs and gently mix.
  13. Season to taste with salt and pepper as needed.


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