Couscous speckled with veggies and mint is a winning side dish – it’s fast, fresh and full of flavour. Serve it next to gently seared salmon and a lemon yoghurt, plus add a sprinkling of toasted almonds for extra goodness and crunch. This meal is a star performer
couscous(ContainsGlutenMay be presentTree Nuts, Milk, Peanuts, Sesame, Soy)
flaked almonds(ContainsTree Nuts)
baby spinach leaves
water (for the couscous)
water (for the dressing)
Finely chop the garlic (or use a garlic press). In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over a medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Add the water (for the couscous) and the crumbled vegetable stock (1 cube for 2 people / 2 cubes for 4 people) and bring to the boil. Add the couscous and a drizzle of olive oil. Stir to combine, cover with a lid and remove from the heat. Leave until all the water is absorbed, 5 minutes. Fluff up with a fork and set aside.
Finely chop the tomato. Pick and roughly chop the mint leaves. In a medium bowl, combine the tomato and 1/2 the mint with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside. Thinly slice the spring onion. Roughly chop the baby spinach leaves. Zest the lemon (see ingredients list) to get a good pinch, then slice in half.
In a small bowl, combine the Greek yoghurt, a squeeze of lemon juice and the water (for the dressing). Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with a little olive oil and mix well. Set aside. Heat a medium frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the flaked almonds and cook, tossing, until toasted, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl.
Return the frying pan to a medium-high heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Pat the salmon dry with paper towel and season both sides with a pinch of salt and pepper. TIP: Patting the skin dry helps it crisp up in the pan! When the oil is hot, add the salmon to the pan, skin-side down, and cook until just cooked through, 2-4 minutes each side (depending on the thickness of the fillet). Transfer to a plate to rest.
While the salmon is resting, add the spring onion, baby spinach, lemon zest and the remaining mint to the saucepan with the couscous. Drizzle with a little olive oil and mix well to combine. Season with the salt and a pinch of pepper.
Divide the herbed couscous between plates. Top with the seared salmon and tomato salsa. Spoon over the lemon yoghurt and sprinkle with the toasted almonds.