Ottolenghi's Couscous, Cherry Tomato & Herb Salad

September 25, 2018

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: "This salad is perfect at a summer barbecue, great alongside all sorts of grilled meats and vegetables. Make the couscous, onion, and raisin mix 1 day in advance, if you like, and keep separately in the fridge—just bring back to room temperature before serving."

This recipe is featured in the story, A Simple, Make-Ahead Menu from Ottolenghi’s Latest Cookbook, sponsored by Ten Speed Press. It is reprinted from Simple, by Yotam Ottolenghi with Tara Wigley and Esme Howarth, with permission from our partner Ten Speed Press.
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Serves: 4
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 15 min

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups couscous
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ras el hanout
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 2/3 cups boiling water
  • 10 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • 2 onions, sliced paper-thin
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and lightly crushed
  • 1/3 cup roasted and salted almonds, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup mint leaves, roughly torn
  • 1 lemon (finely zest to get 1 teaspoon, then juice to get 1 tablespoon)
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Place the couscous in a medium bowl. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of oil, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon ras el hanout, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, and plenty of pepper, then pour in the boiling water. Stir, cover the bowl tightly with foil and set aside for 20 minutes. Remove the foil, fluff the couscous with a fork, and set aside to cool.
  2. Put 1 tablespoon of oil into a large frying pan and place over high heat. Once hot, add the tomatoes and fry for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring a few times, until they start to brown and split open. Remove from the pan, sprinkle with a pinch of salt, and set aside with any juices.
  3. Wipe the pan clean, then add the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil and return to medium-high heat. Add the onions, the remaining 1 teaspoon of ras el hanout, and 1/8 teaspoon salt and fry for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring until dark golden brown and soft. Remove from the heat, stir in the raisins, and set aside to cool.
  4. Once the couscous has cooled slightly, transfer it to a large bowl. Add the onion and raisin mix and stir. Add the cumin, almonds, cilantro, mint, lemon zest, lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a generous grind of pepper and mix gently.
  5. Transfer to a serving platter, top with the tomatoes, and serve.

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