Guaranteed Fluffy Couscous Salad

I love salads….. I really, really do. In fact if I had to choose one thing to eat for the rest of my life, it would be salads. So this is the first of a whole catalogue of amazing salad recipes.

Couscous can be clumpy, soggy, bland and water-logged. This method makes it light, fluffy and packed full of flavour. The recipe is based on one from Annie Somerville‘s Everyday Greens. Her recipes are so fantastic we even made a pilgrimage to her restaurant Greens in San Francisco – I urge you to buy any of her cookbooks, you really won’t regret it.

Guaranteed Fluffy Couscous Salad (dairy-free, egg-free, vegetarian, vegan, soya-free, can be nut-free)

Serves at least 4

  • 1 cup of couscous
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tbsps lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 handful of pine nuts, toasted (or use sunflower seeds)
  • 1 spring onion, sliced
  • 1 large handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small handful parsley, chopped

– Pour the couscous into a flat-ish bowl

– Place water, lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper into a saucepan and bring to the boil.

– Once boiling, pour over the couscous. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes.

– Fluff up the couscous with a fork and add the other ingredients.

– Serve

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Welcome. I'm a Cordon Bleu trained chef and mother with a passion for cooking vegetarian food. All recipes featured here are dairy, egg, and nut-free, thus 'accidentally' vegan, as my children are allergic to those. My aim is to recreate any dish, even what seems impossible, but free of the ingredients we can't have, and log my exploits here. Please browse what is now several hundred recipes. All the recipes posted (unless stated) are my own creations.

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