Recipe: Couscous salad with peppered mackerel, orange and artichokes

Ah, Environmental Science, thou art my kryptonite!  I’ve been trying to get my head around it but it’s really just all gibberish to me…

In the meantime, I ‘borrowed’ this idea for a great summery salad from a friend.  She made it that one lovely, sunny day last week…I love it when the fresh fruit and veg come out to play in spring, and I wish I had waited to wolf this down and taken a photo.  Where she used tinned tuna, I threw in some great peppered and smoked mackerel from Creelers.  Oh, and there are no measurements; this is very much a ‘throw it all in the bowl and toss’ sort of recipe.


‘Israeli’ couscous (however, I made this the next day with regular couscous and it was just as nice)

Hot-smoked peppered mackerel fillets

Juice of 2 oranges

A splash of water

1 orange, roughly chopped

Fresh parsley

Artichoke hearts, halved (tinned is ok)

Black olives, sliced

Capers (the big ones with the tails)

Salt and pepper

1 avocado, cubed

In a pot, combine the couscous, orange juice and enough water.  Bring to the boil and cook as per the directions on the box.  Meanwhile combine the other ingredients.  Once the couscous is ready, toss.  Simples.

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