Monday, 21 July 2014

Roasted courgette and couscous salad

This summer apart from our usual cherry tomatoes and chillies, we tried planting courgettes and now the plant has been on a roll! We've been harvesting 1-2 courgettes every week so included this lovely vegetable in my couscous salad. I have cooked couscous many times before but I absolutely loved the flavours when I made it this time around, so thought of sharing this recipe.

The salad requires a bit of prep work with all the grilling and roasting, but  if you wish, you can skip roasting the peppers by using roasted peppers in a jar instead.
 





Ingredients

1 courgette, sliced

1 & 1/2 Mixed peppers (I used yellow and red), roughly chopped
100 gms cherry tomatoes, halved
2 spring onions, chopped 
200 gms plain dried couscous
300 ml hot vegetable stock
1 tbsp dried mint
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and some extra to drizzle
2 tbsp lemon juice
Handful of raisins

Method

Preheat the oven to 220C. Put the peppers in a roasting tin, drizzle with some olive oil and season with some salt. Roast them in the oven for 25-30 minutes, tossing them halfway through.


Put the couscous in a large bowl with the raisins. Pour over the stock. Cover and leave aside for 5-10 minutes or until all the stock has been absorbed.


In the meantime, in a bowl, add the sliced courgettes, drizzle with some olive oil and some salt. Coat well. Place a griddle pan over high heat. Cook the courgettes for 4-5 minutes, turning halfway through until softened and browned. 


On the same griddle pan, toss the tomatoes and spring onions for a few minutes until lightly browned.


Combine 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and the dried mint.


Fluff up the couscous with a fork. Add the courgettes, peppers,tomatoes and spring onions. Mix lightly. Drizzle with the olive oil, lemon and mint dressing. Season well and stir. 


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