Pumpkin and Cous Cous Salad

A pumpkin's not just for Halloween, you know
A pumpkin's not just for Halloween, you know

I had this for lunch today and it was delicious! My adaptation of a recipe in Donna Hay's wonderful 'The New Cook' recipe book. It's the sort of thing I love as it looks (and tastes) as if you've been slaving for ages, but is in fact incredibly easy. An ideal thing to serve for a girls' lunch - I keep saying that with my recipes which is odd because I NEVER do the ladies' lunch thing, but deep down I suppose I must want to. Alternatively, it could make a nice starter, but I enjoyed it simply as a tasty, indulgent, wintry Saturday lunch.

So, you will need:

A chunk of pumpkin

A cup of cous cous

Some green beans (I use frozen)

Some fresh mint

A small pot of natural yoghurt

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 tablespoon honey

Some more fresh mint

Chop your pumpkin up into mouth-sized bites, about half a centimetre (quarter inch) thick and put in an oven-proof dish with a little olive oil and some salt. Bake in the oven at 200 degrees centigrade (400 fahrenheit) for about thirty minutes, until golden and soft. Remove and cool. Pour a cup of boiling water on your cous cous (the same volume as the grain itself), stir and leave. Blanch your green beans - I simply take my frozen ones, put them in a plastic container and microwave them for three minutes. Allow everything to cool. Next, make your dressing, mixing the cumin , honey and chopped mint into your yoghurt. You could put this into a nice jug because you're going to serve it separately. Finally, combine everything - the pumpkin, cous cous, beans and chopped mint leaves. I happened to have some lambs' lettuce in the fridge, so added that, too.

Suggestion: Next time I might substitute bulghur wheat for the cous cous, as I prefer its nuttier, chewier texture. Quinoa would work, too. You could put some stock into the cous cous / grain mix if you like, though I was happy to leave it out. Enjoy!

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twobmad 5 years ago from Myanmar(Burma)

I had hardly liked pumpkin but this one seems tasty though :D


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Riviera Rose 5 years ago from South of France Author

Hi, twobmad, I made this again just recently and it's definitely worth a try!


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twobmad 5 years ago from Myanmar(Burma)

wow.. I would love to try it if ever you are within a reach.. :D


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celeBritys4africA 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Delicious!


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Sun360 5 years ago

Nice and well packed information and teachings which i enjoyed reading from.


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tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

Hey you have some cool recipes and I must read more of them. I tasted a couscous salad once that had pumpkin in it and it was lovely, but I didn't know what was in it. This sounds a bit like it. Thanks.


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Riviera Rose 5 years ago from South of France Author

Thanks CeleBritys4Africa, Sun 360 and Tebo - I just love pulses, grains and vegetables. Hope you give this one a try!


katinaferguson 5 years ago

I have to try this. We're celebrating Thanksgiving this week and I think it will be a unique dish to add to the mix. It still carries the in-season pumpkin theme but in a way that is rarely seen here in the States. Love it!


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Riviera Rose 5 years ago from South of France Author

Hi Katina, what a good idea - I hope it goes down well! Personally I love the cumin/honey/yoghurt combination of flavours...hmmm, it's time I made it again!


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TheListLady 3 years ago from New York City

I can almost taste this. I love elegant food and sharing it with friends. Thanks so much for this recipe and all your other recipes. Wonderful!


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Riviera Rose 3 years ago from South of France Author

Hi The List Lady - thank you for your lovely comment. It's the mix of cumin, honey and yoghurt that really makes this one special. Enjoy!


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Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

This looks like one to try in autumn when the pumpkins are available, Rose. I love to try different soup recipes and this one looks good. Voted up and bookmarked.


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Riviera Rose 3 years ago from South of France Author

Hi Gail, thanks for your comment and vote - hope you enjoy it!

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