All ingredients can be adjusted to suit taste. Add in some chopped peeled cucumber if desired. If you are not a ginger lover then omit the fresh ginger. Plan ahead this salad needs to chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
- 1 -2 tablespoon curry powder
- 2 1⁄4 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 7 cups broccoli (cut into small florets) or 7 cups cauliflower (cut into small florets)
- 1 large carrot, sliced paper thin
- 1 (10 ounce) box couscous
- 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, well drained and rinsed (garbanzo beans)
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil (or to taste)
- 1⁄4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger (or to taste)
- 1 1⁄2 cups feta cheese, crumbled
- 4 -5 green onions, chopped
- 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
- salt and pepper
- In a large saucepan stir the curry powder over medium heat until fragrant and toasted (about 1 minute).
- Add in 2-1/4 cups water with 1 teaspoon salt.
- Add in veggie florets and carrots to the saucepan with the water and curry; bring to full a boil, cover and cook 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and mix in couscous; cover and let stand until the couscous softens (about 5-6 minutes).
- Transfer the couscous and veggies to a large bowl.
- Mix in garbanzo beans, oil, wine vinegar, minced fresh ginger; toss to combine.
- Cool to room temperature or chill (make certain that the couscous is completely cooled or the feta will melt).
- Add in feta cheese, green onions and toasted almonds (if using); toss to combine.
- Add in salt and pepper to taste.
- Chill for a minimum of 2 hours before serving.
This was not bad, but not a favorite for me or my BF. The only change I made initially was to substitute quinoa for the couscous for a little extra nutrition. Once the dish was made, we thought it was just too bland. I added lemon juice for more bite and dried cranberries for a little sweetness. I may not use this exact recipe again, but will definitely use the feta/chickpea/toasted almond combo in the future.
I really enjoyed this salad. I made some slight changes, left out the almonds and ginger, and added some lemon juice to finish. I really liked the addition of the feta! Also preferred it warm over cold. Thank you!
This is my new favorite dish! As a student I need lunches that can travel around with me and aren't expensive to make, and this dish fits the bill as well as being absolutely delicious!! I cut up way too much broccoli and had to use much more water than was called for and had my doubts about the whole thing until I tasted the result...Crunchy toasted almonds, fresh ginger, green onions, chunky feta, and the veggies and quinoa (which I used in place of cous cous), mmmmmmm! Make this dish! It's filling and amazing!