Harissa Spiced “Salad” – Meatless Mondays

Today’s Meatless Monday was a game changer for me and has quickly become a go to meal that is both quick and easy which means it is now a staple for my lunch for work! It is also easier on the waist line than some of my other meals which is clearly a good thing! Cous cous is a fairly light carb that is filling and lends itself to other flavours really well.

  • 1/2 cup cous cous
  • 1 garlic clove halved and skin removed
  • 1/2 veggie stock cube
  • 1 handful pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 bell pepper diced
  • good chunk of cucumber skin removed and diced
  • 4 cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 40g feta cheese
  • 1 tsp harissa paste
  • 1 tsp honey

Firstly you want to boil the kettle and put the cous cous into a small bowl with the garlic and stock cube. Pour about 3/4 cup of boiling water over the cous cous and place a plate on op of the bowl to capture the steam – that is as much cooking as this recipe requires so it is pretty handy!

You want to chop up your salad veggies to a size that suits your preferences and then dice the feta up – this way it holds more of its shape and texture than crumbling. Mix it together with the pomegranate seeds – I like to use frozen seeds as it is way cheaper and you don’t have waste which is also amazing!

Once the water has been absorbed by the cous cous stir it to fluff it up and then add in the veggies and cheese.The dressing is really simple and doesn’t require any oil you just mix the harissa paste and the honey together and pour over!

You can totally make this vegan by using a Kallo stock cube as these are vegan just a wee bit pricey and using a vegan feta substitute made from tofu – there are loooads of recipes for it out there! Or if you are a carnivore I am pretty sure that chicken, chorizo or bacon would work well. Sunblush or sundried tomatoes would be a great replacement for the cherry tomatoes, you can add olives or switch up the veg in what ever way suits you!

For work I have found it is best if you have items separate such as the cous cous and the veggies as this helps keep it a bit drier for optimal texture and enjoyment.

harissa spiced cous cous salad

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