Recipe For Cous Cous Salad With A Lime And Coriander Dressing

I learnt how to speed read when I was really young, and most times it has stood me in good stead when looking for a particular term or phrase in a sheaf of papers. But last week, my speed reading did not work out as planned. We got back from overseas on the 6th and I only came into the office on the 8th as the Wednesday was a public holiday for us so we could go and vote. I glanced at this month’s Daring Cooks’ challenge and saw we were tasked to make Maftoul, which I know as Israeli cous cous. I saw the words “Otam Ottolenghi” and “Jerusalem” and made the assumption that the recipe was in this book. I have only read brilliant things about the recipe book and I decided I would get myself a copy and use his recipe for the challenge. When I got to the book shop the following day, a young gentleman came to assist me and found the book for me. I gulped a bit at the price (R549) and as it was sealed I could not even look at the book. The shop assistant opened the book for me – they can do this and reseal the books! And lo and behold, the book only mentions maftoul and does not have a recipe for it. I decided to not buy the book, or even try and make the maftoul as by now I had run out of time. I will add this on to my list of challenges to complete, but despite not having done the first part of the challenge, I did do the second, which was to create a recipe. I made a cous cous salad with ingredients inspired by the tastes of the Middle East, and to go with it I made a lime and coriander dressing which is sublime!

Cous Cous Salad With A Lime And Coriander Dressing
Cous Cous Salad With A Lime And Coriander Dressing

Cous Cous Salad With A Lime And Coriander Dressing
 
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Ingredients
for the salad
  • 95g cous cous
  • 250mls boiling vegetable stock
  • pinch of salt
  • 80g pomegranate arils
  • 1 medium Mediterranean cucumber, quartered, seeds removed and sliced
  • 1 ear of corn, corn removed
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
for the dressing
  • 30g fresh coriander (stalks included)
  • 10g fresh basil
  • 5g fresh mint
  • 100g thick yoghurt
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 30mls olive oil
  • 10mls pomegranate molasses
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
Method
for the salad
  1. Place the cous cous into a bowl. add the stock and a pinch of salt and stir with a fork
  2. Cover with cling film and set aside until cool
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and season to taste
for the dressing
  1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth
  2. Pour over the cous cous and mix in well
My Notes
You can use any ingredients in your cous cous salad to suit the season, and your palate

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Blog-checking lines: The May Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by the incomparable Sawsan from chef in disguise. Sawsan challenged us to try our hands (literally!) at making maftoul – hand-rolled Palestinian couscous that is as versatile as it is tasty!

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44 thoughts on “Recipe For Cous Cous Salad With A Lime And Coriander Dressing

  1. A lovely combo of fine ingredients! A while ago, I made a similar dressing but used coriander, orange juice, soy yoghurt & avocado together in a dressing & it was so delicious too so I know that your dresssing will be divine!! I would serve simple fresh grilled fish on the side here!

    MMMMMMMM!

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    1. It would be perfect with fish Sophie 🙂

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  2. This dressing is all kinds of heaven for me. I simply must make it.
    Sam sharing the blog ♥ spaghetti puttanescaMy Profile

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    1. Thanks for the compliment Sam! I made another version last night and it is divine 🙂

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  3. This salad looks amazing- I love the flavours and the coriander dressing sounds divine! 🙂

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    1. Thank you Jess 🙂

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  4. Hello Tandy,
    I love that salad dressing! I need to give it a try soon.
    I do hope you will have a chance to try making maftoul from scratch. I would love to hear what you think of it if you do

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    1. I will definitely try and make it – as soon as time is on my side. Thanks for a great challenge 🙂

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  5. This looks lovely and healthy, Tandy. 🙂

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    1. I think it tops the healthy list for sure AD 🙂

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  6. Coriander dressing sounds so bright – yum!

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    1. Thank you!

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  7. I can’t resist that combination of lime and coriander – my guacamole consists only of this with the avocado and some salt. Jerusalem is a terrific book – maybe some kind person will buy it for you as a gift 🙂

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    1. I think I am going to have to add the book to my wish list!

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  8. I really need to make my own salad dressings more. You’ve certainly inspired me with this salad!

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    1. So glad to hear that Monet 🙂

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  9. That looks like a wonderfully versatile dressing Tandy! 😀
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    1. Thanks Lorraine, it made for a good meat tenderizer as well 🙂

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  10. I love how colourful the beautiful Mediterranean salad is! Delicious and I also a big fan of the dressing!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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    1. Thank you Uru 🙂

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  11. Such a colorful Mediterranean dish perfect for a health buff like me! This is a beautiful photo, Tandy! Pics like this make food look sooo appetizing even before it touches your lips.

    Julie
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    1. Thank you for the compliment Julie. I loved this dressing so much I am going to make a variation again this weekend 🙂

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  12. My daughters and I LOVE couscous salads. This one looks gorgeous and fresh and delicious. Will definitely give this one a try Tandy.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did Lidia 🙂

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  13. It looks gorgeous Tandy. Shame you didn’t get a copy of the book in the UK, it is full of so many amazing recipes, I can’t recommend it highly enough!

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    1. Thanks Tanya, I will look out for the book when we travel later in the year 🙂

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  14. Coriander is one of my favorites and I enjoy finding new ways to prepare it so thank you!

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    1. my pleasure!

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  15. Hi Tandy, what a great recipe, love couscous and your dressing sounds divine. The daring cook’s challenge sounds like a fun group to be in.
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    1. You should join in Cheri, it is really challenging 🙂

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  16. You always make the best salad dressings. I cannot wait to give this recipe a try. Yikes that was a tad expensive for a book but looking forward to reading some of your inspirations from your quick peak. Take Care, BAM

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    1. Thank you BAM! I did not take much of a peak but I might add it to my wish list 🙂

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  17. This salad sounds so refreshing! i love that dressing!

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    1. Thank you Joanne 🙂

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  18. Love the dressing, I can easily imagine how great it tastes! Couscous is really one of my summer favourites, I will happily copy yours and add some pomegranate arils next time. Thanks for the wonderful tips!
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    1. My pleasure, and enjoy!

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  19. That dressing sounds amazing, Tandy. I need to pick up some yoghurt today.
    🙂 ela

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    1. Thank you Ela 🙂

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  20. This sounds absolutely delicious! My brother just sent me a copy of “Jerusalem” and I can’t wait to delve into it and start making delicious things. 🙂
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    1. You are so lucky! Enjoy it 🙂

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  21. Scrumptious salad Tandy – love your dressing – that would definitely be a huge hit with me.
    Have a happy day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    1. Thank you Mandy, it is a huge hit with me 🙂

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  22. Hope you enjoyed your trip, and love this salad dressing, and your picture is stunning

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    1. Thank you Usha for the compliment. We loved our trip 🙂

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