Vy’s Different Versions Of Couscous Salad

I have been obsessed with couscous salad recently because it is so tasty and quick to prepare. To celebrate my discovery of couscous about a year ago, I am going to share the list of ingredients I usually put in my couscous salad.

Raw couscous is ready to eat after being soaked in boiling water for about 3-5 mins. The combination of couscous, vegetables and fresh herbs is very refreshing and also looks vibrant, just like summer. I guess the salad is Moroccan because it is seasoned with spices like cinnamon and cumin. Recipes I found on the internet tend to use lemon juice but I highly recommend replacing it with lime juice. The lime juice is less sour and has a subtle fragrance. I feel that it brings out the flavours of vegetables better than lemon juice. Also, remember to add a sweet element. At first, I used honey, then I used dried prunes but the best choice I have made is sweet potatoes. It takes a bit more effort because you have to bake the sweet potatoes for a really long time to guarantee a smoky and rich sweetness.

Top tip: For extra flavour, let couscous salad sleep in the fridge for a night before eating. After a good night’s sleep, it will be cool and even more refreshing.

The 1st version:

  • Couscous
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Mint
  • Coriander
  • Plums
  • Chickpeas
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Orange juice
  • Honey

The 2nd version:

 

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Vy’s 2nd version of couscous salad | © Vylyst
  • Couscous
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Mint
  • Coriander
  • Tuna
  • Garam masala
  • Chili powder
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice

The 3rd version:

  • Whole-wheat Couscous
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Mint
  • Coriander
  • Orange pepper
  • Garam Masala
  • Chili powder
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Sweet potato

The 4th version:

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Vy’s 4th version of couscous salad | © Vylyst
  • Whole-wheat Couscous
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Mint
  • Coriander
  • Yellow pepper
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Lime juice
  • Sweet potato

The best ingredient I have put in my couscous salad must be sweet potatoes:

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Vy’s baked potatoes | © Vylyst

No cooking is required for the salad unless you want to add these.

  • Preheat oven at 200oC or 180oC for a fan oven
  • Wash your sweet potatoes and use the head of a knife to pierce thoroughly around them.
  • Bake for about 50-60 mins or until the light golden syrup coming out of the holes and being burnt a little bit. This is a sign of perfectly baked sweet potatoes!
  • Turn them once halfway through (optional). To be honest, I cannot be bothered to do this but it does help the sweet potatoes be cooked more evenly.
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