Couscous and Mint Salad

From Fresh Moroccan by Nada Saleh

This is a traditional, simple salad made with a delicious mixture of aromatic herbs, spices, and tomatoes – an elegant and delicious recipe


  • 1 cup organic couscous
  • 2 Tbsp argan or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-1 1/2 Tbsp dried mint
  • 3 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 onion or 4 small green onions, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


Cover the couscous with water. Rake it through with your fingers, then drain and immediately spread it evenly over a large tray or shallow pan. Rake the grains with your fingers a few times to aerate them, then leave for 20-30 minutes until the water is absorbed and the couscous is relatively dry.
Rub the couscous gently between your palms, allowing it to fall back into the tray or pan, to break down any lumps. Repeat until the couscous has no lumps.
Rub your palms with a little oil and repeat the process. Alternatively, drizzle the oil over the couscous and rake through the grains.
Add the mint, rub it in well, then add all the remaining ingredients, mixing gently yet thoroughly.
Leave for 5 minutes to allow the flavours to come together, then serve.

Posted on November 4, 2015 and filed under salads.