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Broccoli, Pea and Giant Cous Cous Salad with Green Yoghurt Dressing

I’m ever so grateful to the previous owners of our house, because they planted a gorgeous crop of vegetables before they left. The weather this year must be on the side of the lazy vegetable gardener because without too much effort, these vegetables have thrived. Happy, fat worms are going about their business in the rich soil while broccoli kicks on from winter and the spring produce starts to poke its head up. With a handful of broccolini from the garden, a bag of frozen peas and an impulse buy of moghrabieh, or giant cous cous, this salad came into being.

It’s the time of year when hearty salads are back on the menu for dinner. There is so much more to salads than limp iceberg with a few rounds of pale cucumber. The simple combination of seasonal vegetables, pantry staples and a bright dressing can make a delicious, flavour packed meal which is cost effective, and can be prepared ahead of time to make evenings easier, and tastier.

Broccoli, Pea and Giant Cous Cous Salad with Green Yoghurt Dressing

The key to this salad is the dressing, inspired by a Yotam Ottolenghi pasta recipe. Combining yoghurt, peas, garlic and oil in a food processor results in a smooth, tangy yet subtle dressing that brings the cous cous and vegetables together. Texture is added with slivered almonds that have been toasted in oil with a dash of chilli, providing crunch and a vague sense of heat. A generous handful of soft herbs (mint, parsley or basil) and feta lifts everything up, making it bright and fresh.

A spoonful of this salad is all at once smooth, tangy and crunchy. It’s a lovely way to eat your greens, and celebrate the salad season.

Broccoli, Pea and Giant Cous Cous Salad with Green Yoghurt Dressing

Broccoli, Pea and Giant Cous Cous Salad with Green Yoghurt Dressing

Serves 4 as a side dish

Ingredients

• 1 small head of broccoli cut into small florets, or 1 bunch of broccolini
• 200g frozen peas, defrosted
• 200ml yoghurt
• 60ml olive oil
• 1 clove garlic
• 200g moghrabieh (giant cous cous)
• 30g slivered almonds
• 1/2 tsp chili flakes
• Handful of mint or parsley
• 30g feta
• salt and pepper

Method

Put a medium saucepan of water on to boil.

Place yoghurt, 50g peas, 40ml olive oil and 1 clove garlic in a food processor and whiz until smooth. Set aside.

Cook broccoli in the boiling water until almost cooked, about 8-10 minutes, then add peas and cook for another couple of minutes. Remove and drain the vegetables with a slotted spoon, and return the water to the boil (don’t worry if some peas stay in the water, they’re tricky to catch). Add moghrabieh to the water, return to the boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring every now and then to make sure they don’t form clumps.

Toast slivered almonds in a pan with 20ml of oil and 1/2 tsp chilli flakes. Watch it like a hawk, removing from the heat when the nuts are golden.

Drain the moghrabieh and mix with peas and broccoli. Pour over the dressing and mix through (you may not need all the dressing, depending on how much broccoli you have). Drizzle the chilli oil and nuts over the top along with torn up mint and crumbled feta.

 

This post was originally published on Kidspot as part of the Voices of 2014 competition.

36 thoughts on “Broccoli, Pea and Giant Cous Cous Salad with Green Yoghurt Dressing

  1. looks delicious! BH xx

  2. You’re so lucky to have that garden already there 😉 what a great recipe I love your photos

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you Brendon. I am so very lucky, my vegetables have never looked as good as these ones when I’ve attempted veggie gardens in the past.

  3. That’s lunch sorted for tomorrow then! Thank you very much 😀

    1. Amelia says:

      Perfect for lunch! You’re welcome, enjoy

  4. margaret21 says:

    I’ve not come across giant cous cous before. Strange, when in France we lived in communities with plenty of people of North African heritage. I’ll definitely seek it out though. A great looking recipe….for summer, which has just disappeared below the horizon, for us.

    1. Amelia says:

      Giant cous cous would also be great to soak up a wintery tagine or even in soup, which may be more suitable to your current climate Margaret.

  5. Lucy James says:

    Ooooooooh my can’t wait to make this one – looks so good Amelia! X

  6. bec {daisy and the fox} says:

    This salad sounds and looks fantastic!
    (plus, how lucky to get that veggie patch! home-grown veggies would taste the best 🙂 )
    thanks for the recipe!

    Bec {Daisy and the Fox}
    http://www.daisyandthefox.wordpress.com

    1. Amelia says:

      You’re welcome Bec, and yes, home grown veggies are the best. They make meal planning a lot easier as the start of something is always just at the back door.

  7. Isn’t spring wonderful! I’m loving having salads back on the table as a regular feature… and being able to pick from your own garden is such a joy! Thanks for the inspiring dish Amelia – it looks delicious!

    1. Amelia says:

      Thanks Margot. I’m loving spring produce, hating spring hayfever :-/

      1. Oh no… you poor thing! Such an awful thing to get regardless, but especially if you love spending time in the garden. Hope the pollen count drops for you soon!

  8. M-R says:

    YAAAAAAAAAARMMM !!! Amelia, what kind of shop will sell me this giant couscous, please ? – I had never even heard of it !

    1. Amelia says:

      I got it at a gourmet deli, but when I was in the supermarket this week I saw that San Remo do a box of pearl cous cous (the italian version of moghrabieh). It was in the pasta section M-R.

      1. M-R says:

        GREAT ! Thanks HEAPS !!!
        I shall be entertaining an American blogger to lunch, early next month !!! – and this oughta knock her socks off.
        😀

  9. laurasmess says:

    Just stunning Amelia! I’d eat this just as a meal on its own, it’s absolutely nourishing and gorgeous. Love the fact that you inherited a veggie patch! x

    1. Amelia says:

      You’re right Laura, it’s great as a standalone meal.

  10. This looks amazing – very glad to have stumbled upon your blog today. Can’t wait to try this recipe out 🙂

    1. Amelia says:

      I hope your enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by.

  11. tastetingle says:

    I recently discovered giant cous cous and I need more recipes to use it in! This looks perfect 🙂

  12. annmahnet says:

    This sounds incredibly delicious — and different from my usual fare. I can’t wait to make a batch for brown bag lunches next week!

    1. Amelia says:

      It’s a great lunch Ann, I hope it brughtens up your lunch hour.

  13. My favourite sort of food , ever
    Nice ideas!

  14. lc03hamilton says:

    This looks and sounds delicious. It is on the menu as a side for a dinner this week!

    1. Amelia says:

      Great! I hope you enjoy it.

  15. This looks so amazing and easy !
    A must try 🙂

  16. rakefet blum says:

    What a nice blog! After discovering it, I put you among my favourites. Besides, with beautiful pictures. This recipe was no exception. It is a type of thing that I like to prepare myself. Keep up the good work.
    best regards
    Rakefet

  17. This looks delicious! You have such a lovely blog and your photos are just stunning.

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