This salad is deliciously refreshing and filling. Perfect for warmer days.
Salads don’t have to be boring at all. And even though I’m still experimenting with the best combinations, this delicious couscous salad is already at the top of my list.
The original recipe comes from a Dutch magazine, but I adapted it by using goat cheese instead of feta, and by using more products from the pantry. I have prepared this salad in different ways, with different types of goat cheese, but it is best if you use hard goat cheese. Soft is also possible, but because goat cheese has a strong taste, a hard goat cheese is easier to mix in without overpowering the other flavours.
And finally a quick note about the olive oil. Make sure you use a good quality one. I currently have a fairly exclusive version, pressed on my mum’s colleague’s farm, but as long as you use an extra virgin olive oil you’ll be fine.
Couscous salad with goat cheese
20 minutes preparation — serves 3 to 4
- 200 grams couscous
- 1 vegetable stock cube
- 90 grams of raisins
- 200 grams frozen petit pois
- 2 red pointed peppers
- 250 grams cherry tomatoes
- 120 grams of hard goat cheese
- 1 can of chickpeas
- 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 15 grams coriander
- Bring 300 ml water to a boil in a kettle.
- Mix the couscous and raisins in a bowl.
- Crumble the stock cube over the couscous. Add the boiled water and stir.
- Let the couscous soak for 5 minutes.
- Chop the coriander.
- Cut the pointed peppers into thin strips of up to 3 cm long.
- Cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters.
- Cut the goat cheese into cubes of maximum 2 cm.
- Drain the chickpeas in a sieve and rinse with cold water. Remove the loose skins if necessary.
- Fluff the couscous with a fork.
- Mix the couscous, pepper, tomato, goat cheese and chickpeas in a salad bowl.
- Rinse the petit pois under warm water to thaw them.
- Mix the petit pois with the couscous salad.
- Add the olive oil and lemon juice to the salad and mix well.
- Serve the salad with the coriander as a garnish.
Enjoy your meal!
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