Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mediterranean Couscous Salad with Cactus pear smoothie

Well, I don't eat too much in lunch, because if I eat too much in lunch I can not eat at dinner time, so I try to eat very light and if possible just have some smoothie out of fruits and I am done with my lunch. Since my in laws was with me during summer, I try to make some healthy lunch for them along with smoothie so its light but filling. So one day I made this and it was delicious and just perfect for hot summer day. You can add your choice of vegetables but since I made it Mediterranean, I added few ingredients which is very essential in it. But as usual , you can have it with your pantry items.

Ingredients : 

1 cup uncooked couscous
2 cups vegetable stock

Boil the vegetable stock and add couscous in it and turn off the gas and cover it.
open it after five minutes and fluff it with fork and your couscous is ready and its now two cups of couscous.

1 cup cherry tomatoes cut it in half
1/2  cucumber - I get English cucumber chopped in cubes
1/2 yellow capsicum - chopped
few strings of basil and mint chopped
1/2 cup Feta cheese- crumbled
2 tbsp. corn - optional - I had it so used it
lots of black pepper powder and salt to taste - Feta has lot of salt so taste it and then add salt
2-3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 cloves of garlic


Take cooked couscous in a bowl.
Add all the vegetables in it and cheese too.
Add basil and mint and black pepper powder along with balsamic vinegar.
Serve immediately as it is or just like I had it with smoothie.

Cactus pear Smoothie :

2 cactus pear
1 Banana
1 cup mango pulp
1/2 cup cranberry juice


Take the skin out of pear and Chopped Cactus pear and  add with rest of the ingredient in blender.
Make fine puree till all blend nicely.
Take it out in glass and enjoy.

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  1. Couscous salad looks really inviting and healthy!

  2. Couscous is definitely out of the question for us. Perhaps I will try this veg version with rice for a change.

  3. Healthy tasty salad with colourful smoothie. Lovely healthy combo.

  4. Looks healthy and refreshing smoothie!

  5. how does cactus pear taste? Lovely salad.

  6. Healthy salad,thanks for sharing

  7. healthy n filling one..looks yumm :)

  8. love all your healthy recipes ..this is just too yumm healthy n filling too

  9. this looks so healthy and a lovely brunch or lunch idea.

  10. I have a packet of couscous.. will try it out your way.

  11. This sounds like such a delicious lunch! We love couscous and your recipe looks wonderful - also like the lovely refreshing Cactus pear smoothie although sadly I can't get cactus pears here in England! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.


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