Monday, July 18, 2011

Tuna Couscous Salad

Until last week, summer has kept its promise and we had a fair share of sunshine. This week, it is no more true. Right from Sunday, it keeps raining here and the weather reports forecast the entire week to be so. Today it rained heavily. Sitting on the eighteenth floor in my office, with complete glass walls around, tell me how I can concentrate on my work? With a cup of coffee in my hand, it was just comforting and nice to watch the rain splash against the windows. It brought me a cloud of thoughts, which I sincerely wanted to draft somewhere. Yes, I'm doing that in parallel and I hope to post about it soon. :)

Ok, now coming to the main point. This recipe has been sitting in my drafts for quite sometime now. This is a very easy breezy salad, which you can put together in a matter of few minutes. On a busy week day, this is a very good way of fixing up the supper and hardly needs a recipe. Anyways, here you go.

Preparation time: 15 min
Serves: 2 - 3

Couscous - 1 cup
Tuna fish - 1 tin
Feta Cheese - 100g
Olives - a few
Tomato - 1
Onion - 1
Mint - to garnish
Salt and pepper - to taste

Chop the onion,tomatoes and olives to little pieces. Cut the feta cheese into little bite sized chunks. Cook the couscous as per instructions or as found below.

In a large mixing bowl, take the cooked couscous. Add the chopped onions, tomatoes, olives and feta cheese. Drain and add the tuna pieces and spread them. Add salt, pepper and chopped mint leaves. Give them all a good mix. Done!!

Cooking couscous:
Take the couscous in a bowl along with little salt. Add equivalent amount of boiling water to it. Keep it covered for about 5 minutes. Add a little butter or olive oil and fluff with a fork.

This salad resulted as an effort to make use of some of the items sitting in my fridge. If you are a vegetarian, you can omit tuna and use some cooked beans instead. If you want to go light for the dinner, avoid the feta cheese. You can use parsley or coriander leaves instead of mint. Oh, the choice is yours and it is endless.

A perfect candidate for Taste of Pearl City's Anyone can Cook Series 26 under 'Beginners' Category.

Recently, Shilpi of It is tasty ma! has generously bestowed the following awards on me. She has a great collection of delicious traditional Bengali dishes and sea foods. Do check out her blog for more. I feel honored and excited to receive these little tokens of appreciation from her. Danke schon Shilpi :)

I would like to pass on these awards to all my dear readers and followers whose loving comments are the  only driving force of this blog. Please feel free to collect it from here and proudly publish in your blogs.


  1. very very nice...i love couscous....very easy and can be flavored well with any ingredient....

  2. Delicious looking salad....congrats on awards..

  3. Very healthy, colorful and inviting salad. Looks excellent.


  4. innovative flavours looks delicious
    congrats on the well deserved awards

  5. Wow! I love the combination of ingredients here, looks lovely. Thank you for linking with Any One Can Cook :)

  6. cous cous n tuna...interesting combo for sure..sigh weather sucks here as well:(

  7. This is a novel couscous salad!!! Easy to whip up too :) And congrats on ur award gurl!! And yup, the rains can make u feel so dreamy ;);)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  8. wat a lovely me some..I'll be right over..:P
    Tasty Appetite

  9. Couscous and feta make a beautiful combination with tuna and olives....Yummmm creative dish looks stunning:)

  10. hey...just answered you question just below your comment in my blog.

  11. Healthy and delicious looking salad... Congrats on ur award...

  12. Ich habe über couscous gehört aber Ich weiß nicht, ob es in Bombay verfügbar (Ich meine available) ist oder nicht. Vielleicht es ist. Anyway your dish looks healthy and also delicious. Vielen Dank for the kind words about my blog and collecting the awards.Oh ja, vielen Dank habe ich das Wort für lau gelernt.

  13. hey the salad sans tuna has my thumbs-up and btw nice post

  14. I love the color of this couscous dish! And I definitely think the addition of tuna here is spot on =)

  15. Couscous is such a versatile ingredient n always makes for a healthy quick fix meal ~ loved your salad with all those wonderful colors n flavors!
    US Masala

  16. Congratulations! Your recipe got featured in this week Any One Can Cook :)

  17. You are so lucky to enjoy rain even when you are so far away from home, ahh! Now I can't wait to hit home and blog about getting drenched..;) Lovely idea with couscous, I too have a salad in the draft that needs to see light soon. After all it's summer, the best time to enjoy salads!