Feta & Paneer Couscous Salad

Don’t know if I’ve said this before but when I was young, I could never understand ladies who say that they get full on salad. A few salad leaves and some tomatoes = lunch/dinner? I just couldn’t… it was unfathomable. I remember my first experience with proper salad. Caesar salad to be exact. It was eye-opening but I still wasn’t convinced.

I’ve since outgrown that perspective. I’ll tell you why. I grew up and run my own kitchen now. That’s it. I can it throw anything I want into a bowl and call it salad. I did exactly that for this salad.
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Oh, want couscous in the salad? I got that covered.
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I developed a love for read & green oak salad leaves. They’re very pretty and tender. 
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I pan fried some paneer for protein in this little salad of mine.
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In other news, I currently have about 10 passion fruits in my fridge.
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Mix mix, stir stir.
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I like how substantial this salad is. I mean…. 2 types of cheese plus teeny tiny pasta beads? Yes please.
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I made enough salad here to last me 4 full meals. And for 4 lunches that week, I indeed had this salad. It almost gets better with time!
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I kinda love the contrast between the warm paneer and cool salad leaves. 
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And so you see, I’ve grown up to be a salad lady. Only if it has cheese and itty bitty pasta in it. 😛 Bacon works too, if you’ll make that for me.

Or maybe I’ve been in denial, considering how many salads I’ve made before!

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Quinoa Salad 4

Roasted Broccoli Salad 5

Cherry Tuna Salad 4

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Feta & Paneer Couscous Salad
 
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked Couscous
  • 2 cups freshly boiled Water
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 150g pack of Paneer, sliced
  • 1 tbsp Canola Oil
  • 2 cups Salad Leaves (I used red & green oak salad leaves)
  • 2 ribs Celery, veined & cubed
  • 2 sprigs Peppermint Leaves
  • 1 sprig Spring Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tomato, cubed
  • ¼ cups Feta Cubes with Herbed Oil
  • Pulp of 1 Passion Fruit
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Smoked Paprika (optional)
Steps
  1. In a large bowl, mix together couscous, hot water, pinch of salt & pepper. Cover with a large plate or cling film.
  2. In a frying pan, heat up the oil. Sprinkle a little salt on the paneer slices. Pan fry the paneer slices, about 1 min per side or until golden brown. Dish out & set aside.
  3. In a large salad bowl, add salad leaves, celery, mint, spring onion, tomato cubes, feta cubes & 3 tbsp herbed oil.
  4. Stir in passion fruit pulp & lemon juice into couscous.
  5. Add couscous to salad leaves mixture. Toss to mix thoroughly. Taste for seasoning.
  6. To serve, heap a good serving of salad on a plate. Top with a few paneer slices & a sprinkle of smoked paprika.
  7. Good served warm or cold!

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