Summer Salad with Couscous and Peanuts

Summer Salad with Couscous and Peanuts

After eating not so light meals last couple of days, today I was in no mood to repeat the same pattern. At first I started planning for the week and put some chickpeas in my slow cooker – to be boiled in 4 hours. I thought I could make some chickpea couscous salad for work later. It was almost lunchtime and after cooking couscous I ended up making a summer salad that was just right for a light lunch. A perfect combination of soft light couscous with crunchy veggies and peanuts just hit the spot. Later today I did make one more batch with chickpeas and cucumbers that I will take to work tomorrow. This salad is great for a make-ahead dish that you can take to potlucks and picnics or simply enjoy as a healthy meal on hot summer days.

You need:

1 Cup whole wheat Couscous
1.5 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3-4 Green onions, chopped
1/2 Apple, chopped
1/2 Sweet red pepper. chopped
1 Medium tomato, chopped
1/4 Red onion, chopped
1/4 Jalapeno pepper, chopped
3-4 stalks celery, chopped
2-3 tbsp lemon juice, per your taste
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
2-3 tbsp raw shelled peanuts (optional)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder, if you like yellow color salad (optional)

Tabasco sauce to taste (optional)

Directions:

1. For the salad – chop the apple and all the vegetables
2. Heat oil in a medium saucepan, add peanuts
3. Let the peanuts brown a little (you can tell by the aroma as well)
4. Add one third of green onions and saute for a minute or two.
5. Add 1 cup water and bring to boil
6. Add couscous, little salt, turmeric powder, stir couscous and cover the saucepan.
7. Open the lid after 5 minutes, fluff couscous with a fork. Let it cool.
8. Combine all vegetables, apple and lemon juice
9. Add salt, pepper, Tabasco to taste

If time permits, let it chill for an hour or so.
You can make this salad with lot of variations. Since days are getting warmer, I will try different options myself.

P.S. I doubt if too many people like Tabasco on their salads, but me and my mother-in-law are big fans of its ability to give any dish a nice kick!

Summer Salad with Couscous and Peanuts

Summer Salad with Couscous and Peanuts