Cook1 hr 15 mins
Modified version of a Jane Brody recipe. You can substitute sliced surimi sticks for the shrimp or scallops but, if you do so, do not add until salad has been dressed and tossed or the surimi will shred. Cooking (passive) time also includes chilling time.
- 4 cups broccoli florets
- 6 slender scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts)
- 1 medium red bell peppers or 1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced
- 1⁄4 cup currants (optional) or 1⁄4 cup raisins (optional)
- 3⁄4 lb small shrimp or 3⁄4 lb bay scallop, cooked
- 3 cups chicken broth or 3 cups chicken bouillon
- 1 1⁄2 cups couscous
- 1⁄4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
- 1⁄4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon mild curry powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon hot curry powder (optional)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1⁄8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Steam broccoli 5 minutes, drain and refresh under cold running water; place in large bowl.
- Add scallions through seafood.
- Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the couscous, parsley and thyme, and cook 30 seconds; remove pan from heat, cover tightly and let stand 5 minutes.
- Make dressing: Whisk the seasonings into the lemon juice; gradually mix oil into the lemon juice until emulsified.
- Add the couscous, while still hot, to the vegetable mixture; add the dressing and toss to combine well.
- Chill at least 1 hour.
- Sprinkle with chopped pecans, pine nuts or other nuts of your choice before serving.
This was outstanding! I used the optional currants and the pine nuts and would definitely recommend adding them. I also used the surimi (because I had it on hand) but would probably use shrimp the next time. I liked this warm and think it would make a great side dish--with or without the seafood. It was also great chilled and I think it would even taste great with shredded chicken. Next time I will cut my florets a little smaller (so I can more flavors in one bite). This was a very colorful dish with a lovely presentation. Thanks for posting echo echo
I'm so enjoying summer and meals like this are part part of the reason why. I made a single serving and found it to be an ideal amount. I was out of scallions and used a small amount of regular onion slices and in place of curry powder I used Ras-El-Hanout (Moroccan Spice Blend) and it was wonderful in this dish. The amount of oil and lemon juice was just fine for me. My choice for the seafood was small shrimp and the nuts were pine nuts. Don't leave the nuts out as they are a very nice touch.
This was a great recipe but the dressing needed some adjustments, there was not enough oil and a little too much curry powder for our tastes, also I added in 2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic, I will reduce the curry slightly next time, I think this needs more than 1 hour chilling time to develop the full flavor of this dish, I also did some amount adjustments to the salad ingredients, I am giving this 5 stars because after I did the adjustments to suit our tastes it was really a fantastic full-flavor salad!, thanks for sharing hon!...Kitten:)