Couscous with spiced barbecued vegetables

Couscous with spiced barbecued vegetables

Have the couscous base all ready prepared and simply barbecue the veg, slice and stir in for a wonderful salad that either stands alone or can be piled into warm pitta bread with barbecued lamb kebabs

  • Serves 6.
  • Prepare: 15 minutes
  • Cook: 15-20 minutes

  • 225g couscous
  • 350ml hot vegetable stock or water
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp each ground ginger, cinnamon and smoked paprika
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium red onion, halved
  • 1 aubergine, thinly sliced lengthways
  • 2 small courgettes, thinly sliced lengthways
  • 1 red pepper, halved and seeded
  • 25g toasted pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp each freshly chopped flat leaf parsley, basil and mint
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Prepare the barbecue. Place the couscous in a bowl and pour over the hot stock or water. Leave to stand for 15 minutes stirring occasionally to break up any lumps. Mix together half the olive oil, spices, garlic and seasoning.

2. Brush all the vegetables on both/all sides with the spiced oil and place on the barbecue. Cook for 10 - 15 minutes turning occasionally and brushing with the oil until the vegetables are tender and lightly charred.

3. Remove the vegetables from the barbecue and cut them into thin strips. Stir into the couscous with any remaining oil and add the pine nuts, vinegar and chopped herbs. Check the seasoning and serve.

Local food tip: Add 125g cubed feta or goat's cheese for a more substantial salad. Nut Knowle Farm has a good range of suitable goat's cheeses.

  • words Mary Gwynn
  • pictures David Merewether