Couscous, Roast Pumpkin & Chickpea Salad

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Couscous, Roast Pumpkin & Chickpea Salad

Great textures & flavours in this salad make it a really tasty treat. Serve as a side salad with a braai or buffet or as a main course. Wait for the compliments!

Serves 8 – 10

  • 375 ml vegetable stock 15 ml olive oil
    5 ml chilli powder
    375 ml couscous
  • 500 g peeled pumpkin or butternut, chopped and roasted
    250 ml pumpkin seeds, roasted
    1 x 400 g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    1 red onion, finely chopped or 4 spring onions, finely chopped 1 red pepper, chopped.
  • 60 ml finely-chopped parsley
    60 ml finely-chopped coriander leaves
    Salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 200°C/180oC fan/Gas mark 6.

Dressing:

90 ml grapeseed vinegar 90 ml olive oil
3 ml chilli powder
5 ml ground cumin

15 ml honey
2 cloves garlic, crushed Seasoning to taste

  1. Heat the stock in a saucepan or microwave on 100% power for 4 – 5 minutes until boiling. Stir in olive oil.
  2. Stir in the couscous and remove from stove or microwave. Cover and leave for 5 – 10 minutes until the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Mix together the dressing ingredients. Toss the couscous with a fork to separate and fluff up the grains. Mix with half the dressing while still warm.
  4. Meanwhile, roast the pumpkin with a little oil and salt for 20 – 25 minutes at 200oC/180oC fan/Gas mark 6 until soft. Mix the pumpkin and the rest of the ingredients into the dressed couscous.
  5. Drizzle with the remaining dressing.

Tips:

  • Roast butternut and pumpkin seeds together at 200°C/180oC/Gas mark 6 for 20 – 25 minutes until butternut is tender and seeds are golden brown.
  • To speed up roasting process, steam butternut in a colander over boiling water for 20 minutes before roasting.
Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch
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