Couscous salad with herbs, raisins and pistachios
Couscous, a coarsely ground semolina pasta, is a good low-fat source of complex carbohydrate. Children like it and it makes a good basis for a salad.


  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • ½ cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1 handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 handful of fresh mint, chopped
  • ½ cup of feta cheese, broken into small pieces
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup shelled pistachios


  1. Put the couscous into a bowl and pour over enough boiling water or stock to cover.
  2. Cover with clingfilm and leave for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in a dash of olive oil and lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Mix with a fork.
  4. Add the fresh ingredients and mix together.
  5. Sprinkle with pistachios immediately before serving.

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