A delicious and refreshing couscous watermelon salad. This salad is a healthy alternative as there is no dressing with oil.
I never considered to put watermelon in a salad together with a grain. However last new years we were at a friend’s house and she made a couscous watermelon salad.
Now the salad she made was with feta and she made a version without feta for me and I thought it was amazing. Now the one thing that I noticed was that the salad was a bit dry. Which was solved by the feta for everyone else.
So I set out to make a version of this couscous watermelon salad that was a tad less dry. This turned out to be a lot harder than I thought. At first I went with my standard salad dressings. Most of them are oil based and the end result was very similar to eating olive oil. In the end it turns out I needed to make it easier for myself.
I had a serve of the salad left in the fridge one day and all I had at home was lime, so I thought I may as well toss some lime on it. And that solved all my problems. The combination of the refreshing flavour of the watermelon combined with the acidity of the lime worked like a charm. And the best part? It’s a very healthy low calorie salad thanks to the lack of oil in the dressing.
If you plan on making this salad for lunch I would recommend keeping the couscous and watermelon apart. If you put them together the couscous will go soggy.
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- 1 cup couscous
- 2 red onions, cut in half and finely sliced
- 500g/1lb watermelon, cut into small cubes
- 3 limes
- Prepare the couscous according to the package instructions.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the couscous, onion and watermelon.
- Squeeze the limes over the couscous mixture and divide over individual bowls.
- Serve immediately or you can store this salad in the fridge for up to 3 days.