Tuna Vegetable Couscous Salad
The warm weather continues. Everyone on the street looks happy and smiley. A lot are out and about after working hours and weekends to take the sun!
I can’t believe that time has flies and we are in July now, I hope you do try out the summer recipes that I have posted so far. Today, we are making Tuna Vegetable Couscous Salad. Sounds good? If you remember, I previously made Bulgur Wheat Salad, which is pretty similar to this one. However, couscous and bulgur are slightly different in texture and size. I like both of them!
Couscous is a coarsely ground semolina wheat. It is very widely used in Middle Eastern countries. Traditional couscous requires considerable preparation time and is usually steamed. Nowadays, you can get quick-cook couscous at the supermarkets. Couscous is most often served with meat, mostly chicken, lamb or mutton, and vegetables.
The quick-cook couscous can be prepared in minutes! To prepare this type of dried couscous, pour boiling water or broth over and then seal the bowl with plastic wrap. After a few minutes, the grain swells and can be fluffed with a fork. When correctly prepared, it has a tender, moist taste and a light, fluffy texture. For me, I still like to stick to the traditional way of steaming, even though it takes slightly longer to prepare.
The ingredients that I have chosen to make my couscous salad are really simple ones. They are canned tuna (I like Tuna in brine), cherry tomatoes, sweet corns, cucumber, black olives, parsley, mint, and feta cheese. And of course, good squeeze of lemon juice! Lemon juice plays a very important role in this dish! It makes it really refreshing and summery like! 🙂
Now, totally not related to food. I just want to tell you how much I love Peony. I think Peony is one of my favourite flowers. See how pretty they are!! What is your favourite flower(s)?
For the Tuna Vegetable Couscous Salad:
250g cherry tomatoes, halved
a small handful of parsley leaves, chopped
a small handful of mint leaves, chopped
1 small can sweet corns
1 can tuna in brine
half cucumber, diced
50g black olives, chopped and some keep whole
80g feta cheese
juice of 1 lemon
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
1. Boil 1 litre of water in a saucepan and add the couscous and cook according to the packet instruction. Once cook, strain and let cool.
2. In a large bowl, put in the cooked couscous. Add the cherry tomatoes, parsley leaves, sweet corns, tuna, cucumber, mint leaves, black olives and feta. Add the lemon juice and the extra virgin olive oil. Give it a good mix. Season with salt and black pepper. Garnish with a few black olives if liked.
I love the picture!! What a colorful and tasty dish!
You know what? I have not tried cooking couscous at home before!
This is a summer keeper!
It's pretty easy. I like to make this dish especially when I am time constraint.
I love salad too! This is a great one-dish meal for my family. A must-try salad!
I luv peony too. I saw a large size peony when I visited Beijing many years ago. Your photo looks awesome.
I think salad is great, easy and healthy! And peony is just too pretty to resist 🙂 hehe
Peonies are so lovely !
I think one of my favourite flowers is hydrangea, but I also love iris…
The couscous salad looks so good, it's like you've sent me a little bit of warm ! 😉
I love hydrangea too. Ohh.. I am glad that this couscous salad has sent you some warm!! 🙂
Such beautiful posts and what a great salad — I had a brilliant tuna cous cous salad at little bistro about 5 years ago and I've thought about it ever since. The bistro closed down so I never got to go back and try it. Yours looks wonderful and I'm sure it will taste just as good, if not better!
Thank you! This salad is so easy to make and very tasty!! Give it a try 😉
I've always been such a fan of couscous, my top fav carb! :))
Same here! 🙂
I love peonies too… are they from your garden? This year I have beautiful roses, more than 30 different sorts in my garden! For the recipe, I do roughly the same! I love eating this sort of salads, sometimes with shrimps or sardines, and I add celery finely sliced!
I wish I had a garden.. unfortunately I bought those peonies. Wow, 30 different roses??? Must be really pretty. Hopefully one day I can visit your garden.. heheh. Where in France do you live by the way?
It's definitely a good idea to use shrimps or sardines.. I am a great fan of seafood. And celery is great too.. I think it will make the salad even fresher! 🙂
You come when you want!!! I live in Brittany, west of France (near the sea). You can see pictures on my last posts ….
OK!! Hopefully one day!! 🙂
mmmmm … I love couscous ^^ … XOXO
Same here. 🙂
As usual, beautiful colours in a dish! And the peonies are so lovely!
Thank you! 🙂
colorful and pretty!! I never eat or try Couscous ,wonder how it's taste? I love flower too especially annual like Peony,Dahlia,Impatient and etc..
Thank you Lesley! Couscous doesn't have much flavor on its own; it picks up the flavor of whatever you cook it with.
Ohh.. Dahlia is nice!
Love the colours in this dish … definitely something very suitable for summer. Yummy!
Perfect for summer! And the flowers are beautiful! Wonderful pictures as always.
Thank you, Ann!
I just made a similar couscous salad with lemony chickpeas. You should submit this to the Blogger Secret Ingredient challenge, The ingredient this week is feta and this would be perfect!
Thanks for dropping by and your comment! I could imagine that it's a delicious couscous with lemony chickpeas!!
I have submitted my URL on your side for this recipe!!
love the looking of this dish, very bright-coloured yet looks delicious….might give it a try soon
thanks for sharing and have a happy foodie weekend!!
Thank you!! You have a good weekend too! 🙂
Absolutely love tuna salad – and usually have it as an open-faced tuna melt. Tuna melts are much better in cooler weather, so I love your fresh, summery mediterranean version. Those peonies are lovely too!
Yummm.. tuna melt.. I love it! Yeah, peonies are just too lovely to resist!! 🙂
Great combination. Making me hungry.
Thanks for dropping by and your comment! 🙂
i have some couscous and half a can of tuna left in my fridge and was trying to think of something…what perfect timing to try this salad recipe of yours!
Thanks for dropping by! I hope you will like this recipe! 🙂
Perfect….This will be din din tonight…..! Thank you
Thanks for dropping by! Let me know how it turned out 😉
I just made this and replaced the feta cheese with red green and yellow peppers – it was delicious!
I love finding new cous cous recipes. i replace most rice dishes with cous cous. It’s also delicious with Thai coconut curries.
Thanks for posting this recipe!
That is a good idea to use peppers! I am glad that you love this!