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Couscous Salad with Pan-Fried Halloumi

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Couscous is extremely versatile, easy to prepare and you can serve it with almost anything. When I was living alone on campus, I didn't bother cooking anything fancy for myself so I was basically living on couscous. I would cook couscous for dinner and pack the leftovers for lunch. I'd mix and match random ingredients like caned fish, corn, courgettes, bell peppers...anything that doesn't require cooking. Because of its ease of prep and versatility, I still make couscous very often but of course 'fancier' ones to please the wild boar. This combo is currently my favourite, the lemon goes really well with the salty halloumi and try to use fresh herbs, it makes a huge difference!


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Ingredients:
For couscous:

To cook:

  • 1 courgette - cut into small cubes
  • 200g mushrooms - quartered
  • 150g halloumi - cut into small cubes
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • Salt
Other ingredients:

  • 1 handful fresh parsley - coarsely chopped
  • 1 handful fresh coriander - coarsely chopped
  • 5 slices sundried tomatoes - coarsely chopped
Other seasonings:

  • Fish sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Lemon's juice

Directions:

  • Combine couscous, cumin powder, Knorr chicken powder, sugar and hot water in a large mixing bowl. Cover and let stand until water is absorbed, about 10 mins. Fluff with a fork.
  • Heat up a bit of oil in a pan. Add courgette, mushrooms, balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt, cook until dry. Add this to cooked couscous.
  • Heat up a bit of oil in a non-stick pan. Add halloumi cheese and fry until all sides are browned. Add this to cooked couscous.
  • Mix in parsley, coriander, sundried tomatoes and lemon juice.
  • Add fish sauce and black pepper to taste.
  • Enjoy!



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lisaiscooking said...

This sounds fantastic! I can't get enough of halloumi lately, and with the veggies and sun-dried tomatoes, this is a great combination.

doggybloggy said...

this is a fantastic salad -

girlichef said...

I LOVE halloumi!!! I can just taste this salad...YUM :D

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That salad looks sooo good! I love halloumi! A great combo!

Cheers,

Rosa

KennyT said...

Wa, so deeeeeeeeelish!

Kake said...

Now that sounds tasty. Fish sauce! A bit of an incongruous addition, but I can see it working.

Soma said...

Nice combination of international cuisine.. yes couscous is versatile. looks pretty.

Jenn said...

Mmm...I love couscous. I haven't had halloumi as much as I'd like. Gotta getcracking on that. But that salad is just what I need right about now.

Chanel11 said...

Interetsing combo - love the addition of haloumi

The Duo Dishes said...

Mmmm halloumi. It looks really crispy and flavorful.

Elra said...

Perfect salad Ann, I love just about everything in it.

The Little Teochew said...

You make a simple salad look good :)

Leslie said...

oh yum..my kids LOVE couscous! Delish

noobcook said...

This looks great. I've recently tried cooking risotto and couscous is next on my to-try list.

Anncoo said...

Oh..so yummilicious!

email2me said...

Simple yet healthy!

Bob said...

I had never heard of halloumi until just now. I'm intrigued, I have to try to get some. The couscous looks great!

Srivalli said...

This looks so lovely you know!..great pictures..

Big boys Oven said...

had been missing my couscous! hope to steam soome soon! ;)

nora@ffr said...

vat a great combo!! rili look flavorful! yumm!!

5 Star Foodie said...

This couscous salad sounds fantastic with halloumi cubes! Yum!

Angie's Recipes said...

The couscous salad looks terrific!!

Angie's Recipes

Chef E said...

I am glad I read this, I just told hubby I did not know what I was making tonight for his dinner, since I have to run soon to work, but now I remember I had thought of a couscous salad, and you have done it for me! I have so many favorite foods, but Mediterranean is on the top of that list!

Reeni♥ said...

What a delicious salad! I don't eat couscous often enough!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks delicious!

Katherine Aucoin said...

What a beautiful and tasty salad.

Allison Arevalo said...

What a cornucopia of flavors! (did I spell that right?) Love it - fish sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, balsamic and of course halloumi. Beautiful recipe.

Bunny said...

Wow this looks good, you ate very well when going to school!

gaga said...

I just saw another blog entry about haloumi recently and am super curious about it. This looks fantastic, I'm definitely going to have to try halloumi now!

Donna-FFW said...

This couscous salad looks splendid!

♥peachkins♥ said...

this looks really delicious! I would like to try cooking couscous sometime.

Jamie said...

This is a fabulous couscous salad! I love anything made with couscous grains, and this salad has just about everything to make it great!

m said...

I am couscous fan too!! And definitely would love to try your combo! :)

mycookinghut said...

sorry - the above was my comment.. (hit enter to fast!)

Jo said...

Looks fantastic! In fact I have a bag of couscous just calling my name right now - :P

Kerstin said...

I love couscous and your version looks so tasty with all those layers of flavor - yum!

Ashley said...

What a beautiful and colorful salad. Yum!

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