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Hello lovelies, I’m back with a new recipe and this time it’s a delicious couscous salad with apricots, pistachios, lots of fresh mint and berberries. This salad tastes wonderfully fresh and is the perfect side dish for a barbeque or great to take for a picnic. It is easy and quick to prepare but requires some time to stand.

Apricots are now locally available and you should take advantage of it. While the kids prefer peaches, I have to admit that apricots are my personal favorite among all stone fruits. Not only do they taste delicious but they are very healthy. The apricot contains lots of provitamin A (Carotin), vitamines B1, B2 and C as well as mineral nutrients such as potassium, calcium and phosphor.

In combination with the nutty couscous, sweet apricots, fresh herbs and pistachios this salad is truly a summer dream and on top a nice change to all the usual salads.

Here is the recipe:

Couscous-Salat mit Aprikosen

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Couscous-Salat mit Aprikosen

Ingredients

  • 200 gr couscous
  • 4 apricots 
  • 4 tomates (approx. 200-250 gr)
  • Fresh mint
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Fresh dill 
  • 50 gr pistachios (peeled)
  • 2 Tbsp barberries (or cranberries)
  • 5 Tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 tsp ras el hanout
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice 
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method

  1. Pour hot water over the couscous and let it soak for approx. 10 minutes (or prepare it according to the packet instructions)
  2. Dice the apricots and tomatoes 
  3. Chop the fresh herbs (it can be a large bunch) 
  4. Add everything into a bowl – season with olive oil, lime juice, ras el hanout (optional), sald and pepper
  5. Let the salad stand for 1-2 hours, if necessary season it some more with lime juice, oil, salt and pepper 
  6. Stir in berberries and pistachios and serve the salad cold 
https://www.frei-style.com/couscous-salad-with-apricots/

The amount of herbs and which ones you use is something you can of course decide on your own. If you don’t like cilantro, you can also use parsley. And in case you cannot find any barberries, you can as well use cranberries. Berberries are usually available at your local health or organic food store. They are mostly consumed in the Iranian kitchen and taste sour and delicious. Furthermore they have some healthy advantages. With about 25 mg vitamin C per 100 g they push your immune system. In addition they contain lots of natural red dye which protect the body’s cells from free radicals and other harmful influences. If you can’t find them, you can use cranberries instead.

I hope I was able to inspire you to try a different kind of salad. Not least because of my trip to Marocco I’m a huge couscous fan and amazed by its diversity. And also the kids really liked this salad!

Love, Verena

 

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