Couscous and Spinach Salad

Tasty, quick and easy. All the words I need in my vocabulary when it comes to making food!
I am not a huge fan of salads (unfortunately) and the one salad I do like is far off from healthy: Ceaser Salad with an extreme amount of dressing on top. Not liking salads means that I barely eat veggies and salad leaves, which is very unhealthy. In an attempt to add spinach to my diet I came up with this super yummy salad and I thought I should share this on my blog for all of you to enjoy as well.

Ingredients:
– Couscous
– Vegetable oil
– Bouillon cube
– Spinach
– Avocado
– Cherry tomatoes
– Mozzarella cheese
– Sunflower & pumpkin seeds
– Olive oil
– Balsamic vinegar
– Salt & pepper
– Lemon

* I did not add measurements to any of the ingredients because it is a salad after all. You can adjust how much of each ingredient you are going to use, depending on how many people you are making this for.

 

For me, a meal cannot be completed without carbs so if I am having the salad as a full meal I will add couscous as the base and then continue making my salad as I would. For a much healthier option, you can choose to replace couscous with quinoa. You can either have this salad as a side with pretty much any meal or, make it a meal of its own!

Method:
1. In a saucepan, add a little bit of vegetable oil, a bouillon cube and your couscous. Then add your water (follow the instructions on the packaging for couscous to water ration) and cover with a lid. It usually only takes about 2 minutes to cook and once it is ready, put it to the side and let it cool down.

2. Wash your spinach and tomatoes (and any other salad/veggies you want to add to the salad).

3. If you have to, cute the spinach leaves in smaller pieces using your hands. On a cutting board, cut your cherry tomatoes, avocado and mozzarella cheese.

4. In a small cup add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon and some salt and pepper (if you wish to; I do not usually add salt). Whisk everything together until they mix well.

5. Assemble your salad: at the bottom of your bowl, add the couscous and on top the spinach (then you can add all the other ingredients in any order you wish to). Then add your cherry tomatoes, avocado, mozzarella, a small handful of mixed seeds and finally your dressing.

6. Mix well and ENJOY!

If you try recreating this salad, let me know how you like it.
Until next time!

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