Spicy Couscous and Feta Salad

    1 hour 35 minutes

    This modern tabbouleh inspired salad is a great combination of fresh herbs such as mint and basil with a bit of chilli to spice it up.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 3 cups (750ml) water
    • 2 cups (380g) couscous
    • 60g feta cheese, crumbled
    • 1 fresh jalopeno chilli, diced
    • 1/2 cucumber, diced
    • 1 clove garlic, diced
    • 4 spring onions, sliced
    • 3 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
    • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
    • 3 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
    • 1 lemon, juiced

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:1hour chilling  ›  Ready in:1hour35min 

    1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from the heat and stir in the couscous. Cover and let stand until the couscous absorbs the water entirely about 10 minutes; fluff with a fork.
    2. While the couscous soaks stir the feta cheese, chilli, cucumber, spring onion, mint, basil, coriander, parsley, cumin, cayenne pepper and lemon juice in a large bowl.
    3. Add the prepared couscous to bowl and mix well. Chill before serving.

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    Holy tingling tastebuds, this is crazy good! Instead of the customary potato/macaroni salad, I opted to make this as a side dish for bbq ribs. Left out the cilantro as I'm not a fan of its (soaplike) taste, but just chopped enough flat-leaf parsley to compensate. The real surprise, though, is the fresh jalapeno, especially when combined with the fiery cayenne and the smoky cumin. It's a trifecta of explosive flavor while the cuke, mint and lemon provide the cooling effects. This is now my go-to summer salad ~ thanks vburrito!  -  01 Jun 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is my recipe. I recently tried this with quinoa & it was great (maybe even better than with couscous!)  -  17 Feb 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I love spicy foods and this is a cool salad with a kick from the jalapenos! I added olive oil to the mix at the very end, liked how that rounded out the flavors and bound everything together.  -  18 Jul 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)