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Vegan Couscous Salad

This is the best Mediterranean vegan couscous salad! Toasting the couscous first is a simple way to add an extra layer of flavour. Toss with your favourite vegetables and a simple dressing for a super quick vegan meal, potluck contribution or BBQ side dish!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Total Price: $3.40
Price per Serving: $0.57
Servings: 6
Calories: 340kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (180 g) dry couscous - $0.52
  • 1 cup (250 ml) vegetable stock or water - $0.32
  • 1 cup (150 g) quartered cherry tomatoes - $0.53
  • 1 can (14-oz / 400 g ) chickpeas, drained and rinsed - $0.65
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) diced red pepper - $0.14
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) diced cucumber - $0.15
  • 1/2 cup (35 g) Mediterranean black olives, pitted and sliced (like Kalamata or Spanish) - $0.21
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) diced red onion - $0.08
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped herb of your choice parsley, basil, cilantro, oregano, mint, etc. - $0.10
  • Olive oil to taste - $0.40
  • Balsamic vinegar to taste - $0.24
  • Salt to taste - $0.03
  • Pepper to taste - $0.03

Instructions

  • Place the dry couscous in a dry pan over medium-low heat. Toast the couscous, stirring frequently and keeping an eye on it as it can burn quickly, until golden brown - 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Take the pan off the heat and pour over the vegetable stock or water. Quickly place the lid on the pan. Allow to steam for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and rake a fork through the couscous to separate.
  • Transfer to a large bowl. You can serve this salad warm or allow the couscous to cool first. Toss with the chopped vegetables and herb(s) of your choice.
  • Serve the salad the Mediterranean way with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper on the side for each person to dress their salad how they like.

Nutrition

Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 734mg | Potassium: 365mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 768IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 3mg