Friday, March 12, 2004

Recipular Moment - Sasha's Couscous and Mandarin Salad

Here's a salad I invented. Impress your friends by how complicated it looks, while knowing deep down that it's dead easy.

  • couscous (although you can also use quinoa) - about 400g
  • salted cashew nuts - 300g bag
  • tinned mandarins in own syrup - 3 or 4 little tins
  • dried sour cherries - 3 or 4 100g bags (you can get these in Tescos, or, if you live in Kilburn, in any persian-style shop)
  • fresh dill
  • runny honey
  • balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper

  • pour boiling water with a little vegetable stock over the couscous... just so it's almost cooked, there's dressing going later. If you're using quinoa, then you have to boil it for 20 minutes, pretty much
  • put your cooked couscous/quinoa in a big bowl.. the salad should double with all the other ingredients
  • drain the mandarins, and reserve the juice
  • empty in the cashew nuts, dried sour cherries and mandarins
  • snip quite a lot of dill into the salad
  • into the mandarin juice, add some runny honey, a little balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper
  • pour the dressing over the salad, and turn it over a couple of times
  • this salad is best prepared the night before, so the flavours meld

    You can do it different ways... cranberries. Or if you can't find dill, use coriander, and swap the balsamic vinegar for soy sauce (though forget the salt then), and make it a little South East Asian.
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