Salsa Verde Couscous

Couscous is my go-to salad for when we braai. I am always looking for new recipes to try and can tell you that this salsa verde couscous is full of flavour.

Salsa Verde Couscous
Salsa Verde Couscous
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My intention for this year was to turn our store room into a bedroom. This is what it was designed for. But while we were building, the room was used for the building materials. And since then it has become a dumping ground for all sorts of things. Friends of ours were meant to be coming to stay this summer with their children. And they are of the age when they need separate rooms. But, their plans changed, and with that, so did ours. Carli and James are house sitting for the year and their entire house needed to be packed up. And all of their boxes and furniture put into storage. To save them money we offered them the spare room. The first plus side to this was that Dave and I sorted out through everything that has been tucked away for the past decade.

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I used my FOMO boxes and labelled each one so everything that belongs together is boxed together. Our garage has been turned into Dave’s workshop and needs attention, but that can wait. James, his friends and David moved everything and the room is now neatly packed with boxes and furniture. The second silver lining is that for a short while we have a fully furnished house. The pub has its own table, and we have a second outside table, out of the sun. The upstairs spare room has a double bed as well as the bunk beds. And so we have plenty of sleeping space for our December visitors. We also have Hannah’s camp cot ready to be used so now she can have her own bed at Grandpa and Nonna.

Salsa Verde Couscous

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Salsa Verde Couscous

This salad is perfect as a meal, or side dish
Recipe Category: Salad
Makes enough for: 2 people
All Rights Reserved: Adapted from Bosh! Healthy Vegan page 107


For the couscous

  • 180 g couscous
  • 2.5 mls sumac
  • 500 mls boiling water

For the roast vegetables

  • 1 small red onion, peeled, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 4 small red, yellow or orange peppers, cut into thick chunks
  • 8 portabellini mushrooms, quartered
  • 10 mls olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season

For the salsa verde

  • 2 garlic cloves, roasted *
  • 30 g fresh coriander
  • 30 g fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 15 g fresh mint
  • 20 g fresh chives
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 15 mls apple cider vinegar
  • 5 mls tarragon mustard **
  • 3 mini gherkins, chopped
  • 7.5 mls capers
  • 15 mls olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season

For the salad

  • 20 g flaked almonds, lightly toasted


For the couscous

  • Place the couscous and sumac into a bowl
  • Stir to combine then add the water
  • Cover with cling film and set aside to cool

For the roast vegetables

  • Preheat the oven to 190° Celsius
  • Place the onion, peppers, mushrooms and garlic for the salsa verde onto a lined baking tray
  • Drizzle over the olive oil and season generously
  • Place into the oven and roast for 25 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and set aside to cool

For the salsa verde

  • Place the garlic, herbs, lime juice and zest, vinegar, mustard, gherkins, capers and olive oil into a blender
  • Blitz until as fine as you like it
  • Season to taste

For the salad

  • Once the couscous has absorbed all the water, add the roast vegetables and salsa verde
  • Stir to combine and season to taste
  • Top with the almonds and serve


* roast the garlic with the roast vegetables
** or Dijon mustard
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16 thoughts on “Salsa Verde Couscous

  1. Looks scrumptious Tandy! I love couscous but confession time, I’ve only made is a few times and from a box, how dare I! Yours looks a million times better and I just love the mint, coriander, parsley and chives crammed in. Nutritious and I grow all of those in season! Thanks Tandy!

  2. You are generous to allow your friends to store their furniture in your spare room. It’s amazing how things accumulate, though, and I bet you are really glad you went through the previous contents.

    best… mae at

  3. Yes, It’s usually some outside push that gets us to do something new, like clean out a room or remodel something. The salad looks great–a bit tabouleh like, which I love.

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