Sun 18 Oct 2015
This hearty salad from Style at Home keeps well because it is made with Israeli couscous, a toasted pasta shaped into tiny balls a little smaller than peas. The recipe is just a guide; you can be very creative with this dish. I skipped roasting the tomatoes, left out the tuna and halloumi, and added sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese.
Avoiding Additives and Preservatives
Use freshly squeezed lemon juice and a Dijon mustard without preservatives such as President’s Choice Old Fashioned Dijon. Other ingredients that may include additives are the tuna, beans, artichoke hearts, capers and halloumi.
Lemon chive dressing
2 tbsp (30 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ cup (60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp (30 ml) finely chopped shallots
2 tbsp (30 ml) finely chopped chives
2 tsp (10 ml) lemon zest
1 tsp (5 ml) Dijon mustard
½ tsp (2.5 ml) sea salt
½ tsp (2.5 ml) freshly ground black pepper
1 pint (250 ml) multicoloured cherry tomatoes
3 tbsp (45 ml) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
1- ½ cups (375 ml) uncooked Israeli couscous
1 5-oz jar (150 g) chunk Italian tuna in olive oil
1 18-oz jar (532 ml) large butter beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup (250 ml) quartered fire-roasted marinated artichoke hearts
¼ cup (60 ml) chopped fresh basil leaves
1 tbsp (15 ml) capers, rinsed
9 oz (255 g) halloumi, cut into 6 pieces
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C0
In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the lemon chive dressing; set aside.
Cut the tomatoes in half and lay them, cut sides up, on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of the olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until the tomatoes are a little wrinkly but still moist. Allow to cool slightly on the baking sheet.
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil in a pot over medium heat; add the garlic and cook until just sizzling.
Add the Israeli couscous and stir to coat in the garlic oil. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring, until lightly toasted and then add 2 cups (500 ml) cold water. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, until the water is absorbed and the couscous is tender. Remove from the heat, stirring to fluff.
Pour the lemon chive dressing over the couscous and stir to combine. Add the roasted cherry tomatoes, tuna, butter beans, artichoke hearts, basil and capers. Stir gently to combine.
Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Grill the halloumi slices for 1 to 2 minutes per side, until golden. Serve the Israeli couscous salad warm, topped with the grilled halloumi. Serves 4 to 6.
From Style at Home