Colourful Mediterranean couscous – with or without a Thermomix
I first made and posted on here, this Thermomix couscous salad recipe back in November 2017. We all love this dish so much and it has had so many positive comments that I decided to post a new and improved version of it.
This Thermomix couscous salad is one of those recipes that use mainly basic ingredients. When mixed together, these ingredients taste absolutely incredible. It’s filling, fast, cheap and full of good stuff. What’s not to like about it?
It was delicious then, this new, improved version is even better now. We’ve added things like halloumi cheese, replaced the olive oil with rapeseed oil and added even more veggies and crunchiness.
This recipe asks for standard couscous but I rather like it with giant couscous instead.
It’s still full of chickpeas, feta cheese, cucumbers and an array of crunchy veggies. I use the veggies we all enjoy in this family, but don’t be afraid to add the odd courgette that’s been left behind in the fridge or experiment with your favourite veggies – carrots, broccoli, peppers of any colour etc. This salad is totally versatile. Toss everything in a 3-minute gorgeous salad dressing.
We always have this Thermomix couscous salad for a lunch, accompanied by chicken or fish. It is such an easy one to put together, it’s delicious and full of goodness. But it also makes the perfect packed lunch as it is so easy to just grab and go, as well as the perfect barbecue side dish.
Take out the feta & Halloumi cheese and you have the perfect vegan lunch too.
The original tip still stands though: this Thermomix couscous is even better the following day when the flavours have had plenty of time to develop.
Colourful Mediterranean couscous – with or without a ThermomixYum
This Thermomix couscous salad is one of those recipes that use mainly basic ingredients that, when mixed together, tastes absolutely incredible. It's filling, fast, cheap and full of good stuff. What's not to like about it?
It was delicious then, this new, improved version is even better now. We've added things like halloumi cheese, replaced the olive oil with rapeseed oil and added even more veggies and crunchiness.
Make the salad dressing: add 150g rapeseed oil, the juice of 3 lemons, 3 garlic cloves, 10 fresh basil leaves, 2 spring onions roughly chopped, 1 tbsp honey, 2 tsp dried oregano and salt & pepper to taste to the mixing bowl. Mix for 10 seconds / speed 5. Set the dressing aside.
No need to rinse your bowl.
Add 1000g water to the mixing bowl and slot the Varoma into place. Peel and cube 300g pumpkin. Add to the Varoma together with 150g green beans.
Cook for 20 minutes / Varoma / Speed 1. In the meantime, cook 150 grams couscous in a pan according to packet instructions. Rinse under plenty of cold water to speed up the cooling process.
Chop the halloumi cheese into cubes, cook in a frying pan with a bit of olive oil.
When done, transfer couscous into a salad bowl, fluff with a fork. Add pumpkin, green beans, 150g baby spinach, 20 leaves of fresh basil, roughly chopped, 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed, the halloumi cubes, 50g pine nuts, 170g feta cheese, 15 pitted black olives, 1 cucumber, sliced, 250g cherry tomatoes, halved and the dressing. Toss together and enjoy!
Hello & Bonjour! Welcome to Momo and the Gang.
Who’s Momo I hear you ask?! Not one of our children (we have 4 girls), Momo is our Thermomix who we love dearly and can not possibly imagine life without.
As for the gang, we have 2 teenagers and 4 year old twins, they are all girls and so is Coco the dog.
On the subject of (moi)
At first I only spoke French. I was born in sunny France where I spent the first 20 years of my life. I moved to the UK in 1996 originally for 6 months, then life happened…
Met the man of my dreams 10 years ago… on the internet – yes, really!
Nowadays, I have lived 48.3% of my life (estimated), I write profusely on Twitter (fact), blog very infrequently, married said man. Also I don’t like chocolate and I can wriggle my ears. How about you? What’s your party trick?
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