|Taboule - cold, refreshing salad|
For those of you who don’t know it either, let me quickly cite Wikipedia for the entry about Semolina: “Semolina is the coarse, purified wheat middlings of durum wheat used in making pasta, breakfast cereals, puddings and couscous. Semolina is also used to designate coarse middlings from other varieties of wheat, and from other grains such as rice and corn.” If you have a well sorted supermarket somewhere near, maybe they have got it under the name of Couscous (maybe I will cook this at another time), which also is made of semolina.
Anyhow, the dish is a very refreshing and ridiculous easy to prepare summer dish. The most difficult part about it is to cut the veggies in pieces. So, without any further ado, let me introduce to you my version of this salad (mind you, there is quite a few different versions around).
- 250 g Couscous (instant)
- 1/4 liter chicken stock
- 1/2 cup of olive oil
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 bunch of parsley
- 1 onion
- 2 - 3 garlic cloves
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 cucumber
- 3 tomatoes
- A few fresh mint leaves
Heat up the chicken stock till is boiling. Put the instant couscous in a large bowl. Pour the boiling chicken stock over the instant couscous, cover the bowl up and put it aside for 5 minutes. Then you pour the lemon juice over it and stir it up.
Clean, peal, wash and cut the onions, bell pepper, tomatoes, cucumber and herbs. Put everything together in the bowl of the couscous and drizzle the olive oil on top. Now stir everything well through, put it aside in the fridge for an hour or two until it’s nice and cold.
It’s a great salad and / or side dish recipe so it’s recommended for a BBQ or a picnic; I like to make it as a real refreshing summer dish. Sometimes I add Tuna or deep fried chicken breast pieces to the salad to make it a heartier dish.