Israeli Couscous Salad

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Serves: 4

Perfect for Spring, this salad is a meal in itself. For a carb-free option, replace the Israeli couscous with quinoa.

Ingredients
  • 250g Israeli couscous, cooked, rinsed, drained and tossed with ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 300g cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 tsp Herbie’s Spices Iranian Saffron threads, soaked in ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 200g asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 100g peas
  • 6 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 50g baby spinach
  • 1 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 raw chorizo (130-150g)
  • Dressing:
  • 50ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Preserved Lemons, rind only, roughly chopped (10g)
  • 100ml extra virgin olive oil

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200C. Place cauliflower with garlic and saffron liquid in a saute pan and cook over low heat for 6-8 minutes until all liquid is evaporated. Transfer to a baking tray, sprinkle with a little salt and place in oven for 15-20 minutes until golden and tender.
  2. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and blanch asparagus and peas for 2 minutes, then refresh in cold iced water. When completely cool drain and set aside.
  3. Take chorizo out of sausage casing and roughly chop. Cook for 5 minutes in a frying pan while stirring, until cooked through. Transfer to a blender and blitz until it resembles crumbs. Return to the frying pan and cook for 5 minutes on high until the crumbs are crispy. Drain on paper towel.
  4. Combine dressing ingredients and blitz with a stick blender until smooth. Season to taste. Mix Israeli couscous with cauliflower, vegetables, herbs and chorizo.