Mediterranean Couscous Salad with Quorn Mince
Turn the last of some store cupboard staples into a spectacular salad. Using Quorn Mince, a mix of grains and pulses, and plenty of fresh vegetables, this flavourful salad uses what you have on hand to reduce food waste and create a delicious lunch or dinner!
A Little Effort
- 3/4 cups (or 1/2 bag) Quorn Mince
- 2.5 cups water
- 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
- 1/4 cup pearl couscous
- 1/4 cup uncooked orzo
- 1/4 cup quinoa
- 1/4 cup split dried chickpeas
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced and divided
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
- 1/4 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/4 green bell pepper, chopped
- 2-3 radish, chopped
- 1/2 cup red cabbage, chopped
- 1 Persian cucumber, chopped
- 1 plum tomato, chopped
- 2 spring onions, chopped
- small bunch coriander, chopped
- 10-15 mint leaves, julienned
- 1 tbs sumac
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1 tbs nigella seeds
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a pot, bring the water and add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to boil. Add in the pearl couscous, orzo, quinoa, and split dried chickpeas. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let it simmer between 20-25 minutes. Once cooked, drain the excess water and rice under cold water to stop the cooking process andprevent everything from sticking.
- In a separate pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and add the chopped onion and 2 minced garlic cloves. Sauté for 3-5 minutes and add in the cumin seeds. The mixture should be fragrant and the cumin toasted after 3 minutes. Then add in the Quorn mince, ground coriander, turmeric, chilli powder, salt and pepper to taste. Stir over medium heat for 8 minutes and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk the remaining olive oil, 1 garlic cloves, sumac, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.
- Stir in the pearl couscous mixture, Quorn mince, chopped vegetables, fresh coriander, and mint, and nigella seeds. Then serve!
Recipe by Supal Desai
Zero Waste Tip: store any unused ingredients properly in sealed containers and refrigerate to prolong shelf life.
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Perfect healthy dish with so many nutritious ingredients that I make for my vegetarian mum! Now I feel even better about it with the reduced carbon footprint :)
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