This gigantic sumac lamb and feta couscous salad was a weekend creation made to serve a group of gorgeous friends coming over for lunch.
I love making salads like this when entertaining as most of the work can be done well in advance freeing us up to enjoy our company, catch up and have a drink or two.
Miss G. helped me prepare the veggies for this couscous salad and had the best fun chopping them up. My lovely little kitchen helper also decided we needed a cucumber added, so I set her up with a wooden board, small serrated ‘kid friendly’ knife and let her chop her way through an entire cucumber…she had the best time doing so and I am so impressed by her knife skills. It’s incredible how quickly they learn.
The couscous salad is so wonderful and is often one of our favourite mid-week simple suppers. I simply arrange a huge pile of chopped vegetables over a baking tray, season with sea salt and pepper, add a little bbq seasoning and drizzle with olive oil. After 40 minutes or so in a hot oven the vegetables emerge perfectly cooked and wonderfully golden. Roasting the vegetables brings out all of the natural sweetness that makes them very appealing to little ones.
As for the couscous, we simply pop the couscous in a large bowl, season with sea salt and pepper, add the zest of a lime and drizzle of olive oil and cover with boiling water. After ten minutes or so we’re left with fluffy, fragrant, perfectly seasoned couscous that is ready to swallow up our roasted vegetables.
The couscous and vegetables alone make the perfect salad however the addition of sumac marinated slices of perfectly tender lamb chops and crumbled creamy salty feta takes this salad from an everyday favourite to an entertainers delight.
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