TomMozCous. That's what I was going to call the post, but who would know what the hell that is. I settled for the boring long name but expect TMC to be used in future. Easier and slightly mysterious. And what salad these days gets to say they are mysterious hey.
For the TMC you will need:
1 Tablespoon green pesto. You could use red if that's what you have in the cupboard.
½ Vegetable stock cube
150g Pack mozzarella
2 Large tomatoes
For the dressing:
4 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon green pesto. Again you could use red but try and keep continuity with the salad and the dressing.
Juice of 1 lemon
This is possibly the fastest salad to throw together, ever. Unless you're a tear off the plastic of a shop bought salad kinda peep. And if you're one of those, read on. TMC may persuade you to do your cooking at home. It's darn good.
To begin, put the couscous, stock cube and pesto into a bowl. Cover in 400ml boiling water and stir together so the stock cube dissolves and the pesto is thoroughly mixed in. Looks kinda weird now, but will taste swell.
Cover the bowl in clingfilm and leave for ten minutes. This is more than enough time to whip up your dressing. Begin by putting all four tablespoons of olive oil into a jug.
Squeeze in the juice of your lemon. Beware, if you have a cut on your finger lemon squeezing will not be kind to you.
Mix vigorously. And that's it. Yep. That's all you have to do.
Now just chop up the tomatoes. I went for twelfths, but that was a fairly random decision so chop in whatever style makes you happy.
Then tear your mozzarella up. Looks like chicken, but don't be fooled. It is indeed cheese.
Your couscous should be ready now. Stir it up and pour in the dressing. Stir again.
Chuck the tomatoes, mozzarella and a handful or two of rocket in the mix. Toss up (hands optional) and there you have it.
I chose to serve mine with a cheap bottle of wine form Aldi. Wasn't too bad actually. And the salad somehow got funnier as the the contents of the wine disappeared...
Aah, student living.
Enjoy readers, and I really do recommend the wine.