Roasted Vegetable Couscous Salad with Harissa style dressing

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From www.deliaonline.com by Delia Smith
Serves 4 as Main course, 8 as Starter

Ingredients:

For the roasted vegetables:
1 small aubergine
2 medium courgettes
450 gms cherry tomatoes, skinned
1 small red pepper, de-seeded and cut into 2.5 cm squares
1 small bulb fennel, chopped
1 large onion, sliced and cut into 2.5 cm squares
2 fat cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, torn so that they stay quite visible
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
50 gms pitted black olives, chopped
1 heaped tbsp capers, drained
salt and freshly milled black pepper
For the couscous:
275 gms medium couscous
500 mls vegetable stock
110 gms firm goats’ cheese
salt and freshly milled black pepper
For the salad:
75 gms packet mixed salad leaves (such as lettuce, coriander leaves, flat-leaf parsley, rocket)
For the dressing:
110 gms extra virgin olive oil
1 rounded tsp cayenne pepper
2 level tbsp ground cumin
2 heaped tbsp tomato purée
4 tbsp lime juice (about 2 limes)
To garnish:
1 level tbsp black onion seeds

Method:
1.First prepare the roasted vegetables: prepare the aubergine and courgettes ahead of time by cutting them into 2.5 cm dice, leaving the skins on. Then toss the dice in a level dessertspoon of salt and pack them into a colander with a plate on top and a heavy weight on top of the plate.
2.Leave them on one side for an hour so that some of the bitter juices drain out. After that, squeeze out any juices left, and dry the dice thoroughly in a clean cloth.
3.Preheat the oven to 240°C.
4.Now arrange the aubergine, courgettes, tomatoes, pepper, fennel and onion in the roasting tin, sprinkle with the crushed garlic, basil and olive oil, toss everything around in the oil to get a good coating and season with salt and pepper.
5.Place the tin on the highest shelf of the oven for 30-40 mins or until the vegetables are toasted brown at the edges. When the vegetables are done, remove them from the oven and stir in the chopped olives and the capers then remove them to a plate to cool.
6.When you’re ready to assemble the salad, first place the couscous in a large, heatproof bowl, then pour the boiling stock over it, add some salt and pepper, stir it with a fork, then leave on one side for 5 minutes, by which time it will have absorbed all the stock and softened.
7.Meanwhile cut the cheese into sugar cube-sized pieces.
8.Make up the dressing by whisking all the ingredients together in a bowl, then pour into a serving jug.
9.To serve the salad, place the couscous in a large, wide salad bowl and gently fork in the cubes of cheese along with the roasted vegetables. Next arrange the salad leaves on top and, just before serving, drizzle a little of the dressing over the top followed by a sprinkling of onion seeds and hand the rest of the dressing around separately.

La Femme:

I used smoked paprika instead of cayenne in the dressing simply because I had it handy in my pantry, and felt like changing the dressing a little (as you do). The onion seeds sprinkled on the top were not sprinkled on the top as they were impossible to find.

Le Vin:

Organic Cava, (Parellada/Macabeo/Xarel-lo), CastellBlanc, Penedes, Spain, NV, MYR95

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