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

Recipe Category: Salad, Salad Dressing, Vegetarian
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


for the salad

  • 95 g cous cous
  • 250 mls boiling vegetable stock
  • pinch of salt
  • 80 g pomegranate arils
  • 1 medium Mediterranean cucumber, quartered, seeds removed and sliced
  • 1 cob corn, corn removed
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season

for the dressing

  • 30 g fresh coriander
  • 10 g fresh basil
  • 5 g fresh mint
  • 100 g thick yoghurt
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 30 mls olive oil
  • 10 mls pomegranate molasses
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season


for the salad

  • Place the cous cous into a bowl. add the stock and a pinch of salt and stir with a fork
  • Cover with cling film and set aside until cool
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and season to taste

for the dressing

  • Place all of the ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth
  • Pour over the cous cous and mix in well


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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50 thoughts on “Cous Cous Salad | Lime And Coriander Dressing

  1. 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. 🙂

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

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

  8. 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.

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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 🙂

  9. 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 🙂

  10. 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

  11. 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!


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