Green herb couscous salad with pistachio
17 October 2015

Make friends with two couples on the ferry to Manitoulin Island in Canada. Let them invite you over to their place, and set up the BBQ.

This recipe comes from a fantastic Dutch chef, Yvette van Boven. It is perfect as a side to almost every dish; from fish or meat to grilled vegetables, like we made that day.

Ingredients (4 pers):
150 gr couscous
1,5 dl vegetable stock
1 red onion, finely sliced in rings
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cumin
50 gr unsalted pistachios, chopped and lightely toasted
3 scallions, finely sliced in rings
1 fresh green jalapeno, finely sliced in rings
30 gr aragula

For the herb paste:
20 gr parsley
20 gr cilantro
2 tbsp chopped dragon
2 tbsp chopped dill
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
1 dl olive oil

Put the couscous in a big bowl and pour over the boiling stock. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit there for about 10 minutes.

In the meantime fry the onion in a skillet over medium-heat, in some olive oil, until ready and browned. Mix in the cumin and salt, let it cool a bit.

Put all the ingredients for the herb paste in a blender and puree till it is a nice even paste. Mix this paste into the couscous and work it with a fork to get the couscous a bit more fluffy. Add in the fried onion, pistachios, scallions, jalapeno and aragula and stir everything loosely. Serve at room temperature.

The next day balance this healthy meal with a full Canadian breakfast including bacon, eggs, pancakes and maple syrup, courtesy of your hosts!