This week in things I found being sold on my new street in Panama: actual sun-dried tomatoes. Not the type in a jar, covered in oil, but actual tomatoes that someone had put out in the Central American sun and set out to dry. They were amazing – and ridiculously cheap.
So what to do with all these tasty little tomatoes? Why, make a salad of course!
This is bursting with myriad flavours, and tastes just a fresh as the day is long. It even keeps beautifully in the fridge overnight, as the subtle hints of ginger tend to infuse a little more.
1 1/4 cups couscous
2/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons capers
1/2 a large tomato, chopped
1 avocado, cubed
a large handful of romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
the juice of 2 limes
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, sliced, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon agave nectar / honey if you’re not vegan
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of fresh mint, chopped
Mix together all the dressing ingredients in a cup of bowl and set aside
In a separate bowl, place the couscous with 1 1/8 cup of boiling water, cover and leave for 5 minutes
When the couscous is ready, add in the sun-dried tomatoes, tomato, avocado, capers and romaine lettuce
Drizzle in the dressing and toss well
[If you can let this sit for 30 minutes before serving, it will be even better]
When you serve, season with black pepper and enjoy!
This is a great pick-me-up in the middle of the day, and it feels like summer is in full swing – which I guess it is! The ginger is a nice little addition to the dressing mix and will do good things to your immune system.