This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe was exactly what we needed to help ease us back into life in Toronto (for me, after nearly 8 weeks in France!). In fact some form of couscous salad is a staple in my French fridge, along with grated carrot salad and céleri rémoulade) but these tend to be store-bought, rather than homemade, simply for the convenience factor (lack of equipment and not wishing to purchase an entire spice rack for a short stay).
In fact as soon as I started eating it, I was (nearly) transported back to somewhere in France. Even Mr Neil, who’s been on a steady diet of cheese, wine and all things duck over the past couple of weeks, proclaimed this one “very good”. High praise indeed, following some of the fab food we’ve been eating recently!
It’s a simple recipe too – took no more than 15 minutes to throw together. Next time I will make a much bigger batch – I see a few of these salads in my lunch future! This one contains raisins, cucumber, peppers, carrots and green beans with some cilantro, tumeric, cinnamon, cumin and ginger. It’s amazing what a burst of flavour these simple ingredients can have. I loved the bright colour thanks to the tumeric too. We topped this with Dorie’s “bonne idée” suggestion of lemon grilled chicken and it was a perfect meal. Well, my idea of a perfect meal!
Verdict? If you can’t go to France, bring the foods you love to eat in France to you. This has moved to the top of my list for “things to make big batches of on a Sunday night”. I love that you could easily switch up the spices and/ or veggies according to what you have on hand too. So, while it’s a little bit of a downer to be home, this kinda sorta made it a little better!
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s couscous salad (and the lemon chicken) here or on page 136 of Around my French Table.
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