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Couscous Salad

I make this a lot for our everyday packed lunches at work, and find it invaluable on holiday. It is quick and easy to prepare, takes very little cooking and can be made in one dish. It can be varied according to supplies. I use this quantity for two, but it can be stretched depending upon what you add. Garlic bread is a pleasant addition. Bulgar wheat can be prepared in a similar way. Do not add too many different things. Remember that sometimes less is more.


 1 cup dry plain couscous
 2 cups boiling water
 1 stock cube (optional)
 Salt and pepper to taste
-=[ Additions ]=- Tomatoes Cucumber Beetroot Onions (cook them first if you do not want too strong a flavour) Cooked or tinned meat Cooked or tinned fish Cooked or tinned seafood Cooked or tinned pulses; eg. kidney beans, baked beans, 3 bean salad etc. Leftover chili, curry or casserole Any cooked vegetables (eg. beans, cauliflower, broccoli, courgettes (zucchini), carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, etc.)


Pour the dry couscous into a bowl. Add a crumbled stock cube and the boiling water. Leave (about 10 minutes) until the couscous has swelled and the water is absorbed. Now add the bits and bobs. This recipe can be adapted by using whatever you have. Leftover curry, chili or casserole can be stirred into it. Any cooked meat or fish can be added. Any cooked or salad vegetables can be added. Stir everything together, and add seasoning if necessary. It can be eaten hot or cold.

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Couscous Stovetop

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