For me one of the most versatile foods ever is probably couscous, you can eat it with practically anything. What makes it such a great backpacking food is the fact it’s super quick, easy and cheap.
A box of couscous lasts for a long time (for one person you only need half a cup of couscous per meal!) – combine that with an easy salad and you can’t go wrong.
Here is a quick and very simple recipe, which is one of my favorites for hot days.
It’s a little luxurious, but the vegetables used are generally quite cheap, and pesto is something we always have since we use it for so many things (pasta, sandwiches, gnocchi etc).
Quick & Tasty Couscous Salad
- Serves 2
- Estimated prep. time: 10 min
- 100 g or 1 cup Couscous
- 200 ml (or 3/4 of a cup) of vegetable stock
- 1 large onion (or 2 spring onions if you have them)
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 red pepper
- (optional: any other vege you like and want to add to the salad)
- 2 tbsp pesto
- 50 gram feta cheese
Put the couscous in a bowl and add the stock (200 ml of boiled water mixed with vegetable stock, cubicles is fine). Cover and let it sit for 10 minutes until it’s fluffy and has absorbed the water/stock.
Meanwhile, dice the cucumber and slice the onion and pepper.
Add this to the couscous, mix with some pesto and crumble in the feta cheese.
Plate it and then EAT!
Tip! - If you can afford splurging out, the salad is even nicer with some pine nuts sprinkled on top, it really adds that extra flavor!