This is a salad we are all delighted by at home.
It’s like a fusion between tabouleh, tzatziki and gazpacho 😀 … I know it sounds weird but it’s really delicious. Moreover it’s a very complete and cool dish, and very practical as you can keep it for some days in the fridge.
Try it! It will become a basic dish also for you in summer 😉
For 4 persons:
2 cups of cous-cous
3 tomatoes (very ripe)
¼ green bell pepper
½ chilli pepper
2 handfuls of basil leaves
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1 yogurt (plain, not sweetened)
extra virgin olive oil
salt, black pepper
1 tin (about 200 gr.) of tuna fish in olive oil
Put in a bowl (or blender):
- 3 ripe tomatoes (they can be from a tin)
- juice of 1 lemon
- zest of 1 lemon
- ¼ green pepper
- ½ chili pepper (without seeds, if you don’t want it spicy)
- 1 handful of basil leaves, salt, olive oil
Blend everything. It will be like a gazpacho.
Add the juice of 1 orange, a touch of water (ca. 0.5 dl.), salt and black pepper… to taste.
Put the cous-cous in this bowl to rehydrate it. Cover it with a cling wrap and leave it for 2-3 hours in the fridge (or all night long).
< Normally cous-cous is rehydrated with warm water or a broth just for some minutes. In this recipe we rehydrate it with a cold soup so it will take longer but it will get all the flavours from the tomato, basil, citrus… >
While the cous-cous is in the fridge, wash the cucumber and the apple and thickly grate them.
Put them into a bowl, pressing with your hand to eliminate the juice/liquid.
Dress with olive oil, salt, pepper, mustard, yogurt and finely chopped basil leaves.
Mix it and leave it to cool in the fridge.
At lunch time take the cous-cous out of the fridge -it would have absorbed all the liquid, so it will be a sticky mass. You just need to separate the grains with a fork.
Serve on a plate the cous-cous, the cucumber-apple salad and on top the pieces of tuna fish.
Ready to eat!
You can serve it on individual plates or on a big serving plate (this is our favourite option at home, so we can serve ourselves a second portion 😉