Colourful Sumac Giant Cous Cous Salad


Salads often get a bad rap. I mean, we have all been subjected to those tasteless, non adventurous excuses of salad, which, lets face it, do fit the stereotypic vegan food description of ‘rabbit food’. Whilst we have come a long way, with cookbooks, vegan and otherwise solely dedicated to revamping and (re)igniting the love of the humble salad and restaurant menus often showcasing bold salads, there is still some way to go in highlighting that salad does not always have to begin with lettuce, especially iceberg, and the ultimate important factor – the dressing of some description to bring the whole thing together.


Here is a fun, vibrant cous cous salad which is far from boring, seasoned with citrus-sy sumac paired with fresh lime for a real zesty flavour explosion along with colourful vegetables and tangy kiwi fruit. The juices from the vegetables and lime mingle together with the sumac to make a light but flavourful dressing.


I’m bringing this to the sixth Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck, be sure to join us each week!


Ingredients: Serves 2

  • 100g giant/Israeli cous cous, cooked according to package directions
  • 3 swiss chard or kale leaves, sliced into thin ribbons
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1/2 cucumber, in large dice
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 3 rehydrated sundried tomatoes, minced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1 large handful of chives, finely chopped
  • 1 kiwi, in large dice
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 2 tsp sumac
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Simply toss all the ingredients together until well combined and season to taste. For best results leave to marinate at room temperature for 20-30 minutes to allow the flavours to blend. Serve with an extra sprinkle of sumac if desired.

Calorie Count :: New Recipe

Nutritional Benefits

Very low in saturated fat

No cholesterol

High in dietary fiber

High in iron

High in manganese

High in magnesium

High in potassium

Very high in vitamin A

Very high in vitamin C

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31 Responses to Colourful Sumac Giant Cous Cous Salad

  1. Oh I made a delicious Salad too today. Salads can be so much fun to put together. This looks delicious and colorful.

  2. vanyadhanya says:

    this looks so refreshing…

  3. Looks delicious – and far from boring!

  4. Hilda says:

    This salad would be a great meal in itself. I like that you use sumac which goes so well with all the other ingredients.

  5. Sophie33 says:

    Ooh how I love this beautiful special cous-cous slad! I love the added kiwi in here too! 🙂


  6. Tami says:

    What a gorgeous salad Poppy! I love salads and eat them all year long. There is so much variety there is not reason to have a boring salad!

  7. vegantarian lifestyle says:

    This looks really good. Just discovered your blog and I really like it 🙂

  8. HavensBakes says:

    This looks full of fresh & delicious flavors! This is definitely my kind of salad!

  9. Emma says:

    I love sumac so much and always enjoy israeli couscous- such a fun texture!
    Looks like a lovely salad 🙂

  10. Sumac sounds wonderful in this! I’m going to have to find some pronto!

  11. Nothing boring about this, Poppy! I love the big couscous!

  12. Rose says:

    Poppy that looks lovely. Here in Australia we are coming to the end of winter so I was able to get baby greens at the Farmers’ Market yesterday. This will be on our Wednesday dinner table, thank you!

  13. Emilia says:

    Sumac is brilliant. You’ve reminded me to restock! Lovely salad!!

  14. Fiver Feeds says:

    This salad looks great, perfect for summer days!

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