Couscous, Chorizo & Zucchini Salad

Couscous salad feature

I love salads, especially when you can eat them solely as a main meal and this couscous, chorizo and zucchini salad is definitely one of those.

My gorgeous and very dear friend Jennifer sent me an email in early December of last year, enlightening me she’d just made a really easy & yummy salad (it’s a given part of our friendship that when we discover something new and delicious we share with each other, love it!). Jennifer found this little treasure in the December issue of  the Woolworth’s ‘Fresh’ magazine here (you know the free one on offer at the checkout).

Jennifer’s recipe shares are always a sure thing, take a look at the ‘Lemon Crumble Cake’ she shared with me last year, it ranked 4th most popular post here on the blog for 2014, you guys loved it and I’m sure you’re going to love this Salad just as much!

Once that email had hit my inbox, a list of the required ingredients was noted and I was at the supermarket buying them the next day!

Raw Zucchini isn’t something Jennifer’s a fan of so she substituted a Lebanese cucumber, I used the raw zucchini and really liked it, I will note my second time making it for Christmas, I accidentally forgot to add the zucchini (call it one of those ‘Mummy’ moments, the good news is it still delivered 100% deliciousness)

The recipe was really easy to follow, the first time I made it was on a work/school night and I would happily make it again on a weeknight, took me about 1/2 an hour all up.

When I served it up to Zadada he said he really enjoyed it but commented he’d like it even better served with a selection of other salads, I told him he’d have to wait for Christmas for that sort of luxury!

Before we could blink Christmas was upon us. Zadada’s wish came true, one of my salad contributions to the family feast on Christmas day was this Salad, he got to enjoy it all over again with the “selection of other salads” (everyone made a salad or 2 it was great), Zadada and the rest of us were in foodie heaven!

For the Christmas version of this salad I started making 1 1/2 days before Christmas as I had to work Christmas Eve. The recipe I’m going to give you is my prep in advance version and I think it’s just as good as the make on the day version.

Oh and I just have to say how good is Persian Feta? So creamy with such a well-balanced flavour, I’ve used it in a few different salads over the last couple of years, it’s worth the extra dollars, AMAZING!

Now for that recipe…….

Here’s your how-to:

Couscous salad helpers

cooked salad ingredients

Newest favourite salad

Couscous, Chorizo & Zucchini Salad
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 chorizo sausages, sliced
  • 250g packet pearl couscous
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 long red chilli, deseeded, chopped (1 small birds eye chilli will do the trick too)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ cup Frozen Peas
  • 200g punnet grape tomatoes, halved (2nd time around I grabbed one of those gourmet rainbow punnets)
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 large zucchini or Lebanese cucumber, trimmed, diced
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 250g tub Persian feta
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium heat. Add couscous, 2½ cups hot water, garlic, chilli and spices to pan. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add peas, cover and cook for 3 minutes or until just tender. Transfer mixture to a large bowl to cool. (At this point you can place couscous mix in the fridge in an airtight container overnight)
  2. The next day or straight away
  3. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add chorizo and cook until crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel, allow to cool a little or completely.
  4. Stir tomato, onion, zucchini, parsley and chorizo into couscous. Drain ⅓ cup oil from feta into a jug. Whisk in lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. Add dressing to the salad and combine.
  5. Top with crumbled feta and serve.
  6. SO GOOD!!!!!!!!

 

What’s your go-to salad during summer?

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend ahead.

Stay tuned, next week I’ll be posting some baking fun the kidlets and I have been having while the school holidays are on.

Until then……

Zamamabakes

 

 

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Couscous salad feature

I love salads, especially when you can eat them solely as a main meal and this couscous, chorizo and zucchini salad is definitely one of those.

My gorgeous and very dear friend Jennifer sent me an email in early December of last year, enlightening me she’d just made a really easy & yummy salad (it’s a given part of our friendship that when we discover something new and delicious we share with each other, love it!). Jennifer found this little treasure in the December issue of  the Woolworth’s ‘Fresh’ magazine here (you know the free one on offer at the checkout).

Jennifer’s recipe shares are always a sure thing, take a look at the ‘Lemon Crumble Cake’ she shared with me last year, it ranked 4th most popular post here on the blog for 2014, you guys loved it and I’m sure you’re going to love this Salad just as much!

Once that email had hit my inbox, a list of the required ingredients was noted and I was at the supermarket buying them the next day!

Raw Zucchini isn’t something Jennifer’s a fan of so she substituted a Lebanese cucumber, I used the raw zucchini and really liked it, I will note my second time making it for Christmas, I accidentally forgot to add the zucchini (call it one of those ‘Mummy’ moments, the good news is it still delivered 100% deliciousness)

The recipe was really easy to follow, the first time I made it was on a work/school night and I would happily make it again on a weeknight, took me about 1/2 an hour all up.

When I served it up to Zadada he said he really enjoyed it but commented he’d like it even better served with a selection of other salads, I told him he’d have to wait for Christmas for that sort of luxury!

Before we could blink Christmas was upon us. Zadada’s wish came true, one of my salad contributions to the family feast on Christmas day was this Salad, he got to enjoy it all over again with the “selection of other salads” (everyone made a salad or 2 it was great), Zadada and the rest of us were in foodie heaven!

For the Christmas version of this salad I started making 1 1/2 days before Christmas as I had to work Christmas Eve. The recipe I’m going to give you is my prep in advance version and I think it’s just as good as the make on the day version.

Oh and I just have to say how good is Persian Feta? So creamy with such a well-balanced flavour, I’ve used it in a few different salads over the last couple of years, it’s worth the extra dollars, AMAZING!

Now for that recipe…….

Here’s your how-to:

Couscous salad helpers

cooked salad ingredients

Newest favourite salad

Couscous, Chorizo & Zucchini Salad
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 chorizo sausages, sliced
  • 250g packet pearl couscous
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 long red chilli, deseeded, chopped (1 small birds eye chilli will do the trick too)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ cup Frozen Peas
  • 200g punnet grape tomatoes, halved (2nd time around I grabbed one of those gourmet rainbow punnets)
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 large zucchini or Lebanese cucumber, trimmed, diced
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 250g tub Persian feta
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium heat. Add couscous, 2½ cups hot water, garlic, chilli and spices to pan. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add peas, cover and cook for 3 minutes or until just tender. Transfer mixture to a large bowl to cool. (At this point you can place couscous mix in the fridge in an airtight container overnight)
  2. The next day or straight away
  3. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add chorizo and cook until crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel, allow to cool a little or completely.
  4. Stir tomato, onion, zucchini, parsley and chorizo into couscous. Drain ⅓ cup oil from feta into a jug. Whisk in lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. Add dressing to the salad and combine.
  5. Top with crumbled feta and serve.
  6. SO GOOD!!!!!!!!

 

What’s your go-to salad during summer?

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend ahead.

Stay tuned, next week I’ll be posting some baking fun the kidlets and I have been having while the school holidays are on.

Until then……

Zamamabakes

 

 

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11 Comments on “Couscous, Chorizo & Zucchini Salad

  1. ana

    I’ve never tried pearl couscous but I think I have to after seeing this! Perfect light summer food, looks amazing!

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Thanks Ana. Have a great weekend!

      Reply
  2. Yum!! So many delicious things in one super yummy recipe. I wouldn’t expect any less from you Danielle!!! You always have the yummiest recipes.

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

  3. This sounds so good. Chorizo and Persian feta are two of my most favourite things

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      It really is delicious Nicole. Persian feta just doesn’t compare does it, it really is amazing.
      Have a beautiful weekend!

      Reply
  4. O – M – G this looks sooooo delicious. Excuse me while I go pin it

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Thank you Malinda. You are excused

      Reply
  5. Oh this is SO my kinda salad! I really love the texture of pearl couscous & have all (but the feta) in my fridge? Think I’ll have to whip this one up during the week hubby will love for sure! xx

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Thanks for stopping by Kim. Enjoy! I’m thinking of adding it to our menu this week too. Have a great one xx

      Reply
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