Saturday, 21 June 2008

Weekend Herb Blogging - Mixed Tomato Couscous Salad

It's the weekend! That means Weekend Herb Blogging and this week I offer you a Mixed Tomato Couscous Salad. This week's WHB is being hosted by Joanna from Joanna's Food.

We went to the farmers market the other day, there was not a whole lot available yet as our (short) growing season is just starting up but we did find some beautiful mixed colour tomatoes from Niagara. The Niagara region enjoys some micro-climate areas and can grow many fruits and vegetables weeks before the rest of the province. My own tomatoes, although kick-started by the heatwave and nightly rain we had last week, probably won't be ready until August.

This salad was inspired by the yellow, orange and red tomatoes that we picked up. It is great for a summer day and the cumin and cilantro give it an earthy, vibrant taste. I would pair it with a nice Riesling and eat it on the deck.

Mixed Tomato Couscous Salad

Couscous

1 cup couscous
1 cup vegetable broth or water
Pinch of salt
Bring broth or water and salt to boil in small pot with lid. Add couscous. Remove from heat. Stir and cover. Let sit 5 minutes.
Add ¼ cup olive oil to couscous, fluff with fork and let cool.

Salad

Cooled couscous
1 tsp kosher salt
¾ tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp tarragon white wine vinegar
5 medium coloured tomatoes, cut into bite-sized wedges
1 cup cilantro leaves
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

In medium bowl, toss everything together until blended. Serve chilled or room temperature.
Many people believe that couscous is a grain but it is actually a pasta. The traditional way of preparing couscous can be labour intensive but quick cooking couscous is easily available in boxes at most grocery stores.
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From GourmetSleuth - Cilantro - This member of the carrot family is also referred to as Chinese Parsley and Coriander. It is actually the leaves (and stems) of the Coriander plant. Cilantro has a very pungent odor and is widely used in Mexican, Caribbean and Asian cooking. The Cilantro leaves look a bit like flat Italian parsley and in fact are related.
Click here to read more about cilantro at GourmetSleuth.
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Head on over to Joanna's to check out the amazing round-up, 45 entries of herb-based dishes.