Couscous Bell Pepper Salad

So once every few months, i start feeling guilty of overeating & then completely unwillingly, i go on a self-styled diet where i eat fruit & salads (both of which i hate by the way), reduce fats & carbs etc etc etc  😫 It’s really nothing, just a frenzied phase that hits me maybe thrice & a year and after a week or so, i go back to being my usual self  😉 This phase is currently going on & i’m drinking my green juice, eating salads & all that jazz…
Recently, while brunching someplace, i ate Couscous for the first time & i loved it so much, i took a second helping! (second helping of a salad?? Must be something) It was done in a very simple style with just a dash of olive oil, barely any seasoning & vegetables…and yet it was appetising.
Couscous is actually a type of pasta. It’s made of semolina & durum wheat. It originated in North Africa. It’s one of the easiest & fastest side dish but is grossly under-popular in the rest of the world. If you have a pack of instant couscous at home, it can be readied in just 5 minutes  😃 The little grains are almost like sponges that absorb any dressing or lemon juice with ease & result in a refreshing dish. A few weeks ago I bought a pack of couscous, read up a few recipes & decided to make a simple salad from it at home. Here it is. Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did  😁

Couscous Bell Pepper Salad

Course: SaladsCuisine: AfricanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes

A refreshing salad made with Couscous, peppers & cucumber.

Ingredients

  • Couscous: 1 cup

  • Hot water: 1 cup

  • Cucumber: 1/2; chopped

  • Mixed peppers: 1 cup; de-seeded & chopped

  • Onion: 1/2; finely chopped

  • Tomato: 1; chopped

  • Olive oil to drizzle

  • A dash of lemon

  • A generous pinch of pepper

  • Salt to taste

Directions

  • Combine the couscous, hot water & salt in a bowl. Cover & let sit for 2–3 minutes. Remove the lid, add a drizzle of olive oil, fluff with a fork. Perfect couscous every time!
  • Toss the chopped vegetables in the prepared couscous. Add the pepper & check for seasoning. Squeeze half a lemon. Ta-da!

Notes

  • Feel free to add any vegetables of your choice. Broccoli, carrots, olives are great additions to the salad.
  • I also added some feta cheese to it when nobody was looking  😉 Delicious!

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