Couscous salad and a picnic

I have been meaning to do this post for a while now. For once, because ever since I tried couscous I actually fell in love with it. Now it is one of those things you can always find in my cupboard, along with all the ingredients to make it to a salad. Best thing about it?

The ingredients can be varied in one way or the other and even going for the same things all the time, it still can turn out differently.

I mean, it is not a secret or anything, but over the years it became our go-to dish whenever we don’t feel like cooking. It is so darn good that we do it quite often. As it is best after a while, once the ingredients could blend, it is sometimes very hard not to snack on it and have any left overs.

But this is also a simple no fuss side dish. It is one of those things we usually bring for a picnic or BBQ, as it is very fast to prepare and easy to travel with. So one of those days when despite the forecast, the weather was nice but not too overly hot, we quickly fixed a portion of couscous, packed our bags and headed for the river. We found our spot and even got lucky to hear some jazz music coming from a nearby biergarden. We simply enojyed it, from time to time picking on the rest of the couscous and wine.

It was a beautiful evening even though a bit short, as the idea with the picnic was a spontaneous one and we left pretty late. But still, once the weather will allow it, we will definitely do that again.

3-4 servings

Total time: 20 min

250g Couscous

1 Tbsp of olive oil

1 Tsp salt

1 Tbsp

2-3 garlic cloves

One small red onion

2 Tbsp of sambal oelek (optional)

1 pack Feta cheese, ca 200g

1 whole cucumber

Fresh mint and coriander

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Pour 250ml of water in a large saucepan. Add one tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of salt and bring to the boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the couscous. Allow to soak for 2-3 minutes until all the water is gone. Then add the butter and fluff the couscous with a fork to separate the grains.

Once the couscous is ready, stir in two tablespoons of sambal oelek if you like it spicy. Then peel and finely chop the onion. Peel and press the garlic. Chop the herbs and add everything to the couscous. Mix it well before adding larger ingredients.

Cut the feta cheese into cubes and add to the mix. Peel (or not) the cucumber and cut into rings, then quarter them and add to the couscous. Season with lemon juice. Combine everything and serve.

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