I love this time of year. Mainly for the lighter evenings, I like that I can get home from a day at work and still spend time in the garden. I love eating al fresco and taking impromptu walks later in the night. I also love Summer food.
I make a real effort to make my salads or bowls of grains a little more special in the Summer and it is really easy to do so. Invest in some really good quality flavoured oils, keep your salad drawer well stocked, plant a few easy to maintain herb pots on your kitchen window sill and just play about with flavours. You can’t really go wrong. One of my favourite ingredients to use in the Summer months is cous cous. It is so versatile and wins all of the bonus points for having such a long shelf life and taking as little as 5 minutes to be ready to eat.
This is a really light and summery dish but it packs a punch when it comes to flavour and has a nice kick from the chilli oil and a freshness from the lemon.
Lemon Chilli Cous Cous
You will need:
250g cous cous ( prepared to packet instructions and left to cool )
1/2 lemon ( zest and juice )
50ml chilli oil
1 large tomato, diced
2 spring onions roughly chopped
2 cloves of garlic, diced
1/2 ball of mozzarella cubed
sea salt and black pepper
Add all of your ingredients to your cooked and cooled cous cous, mix thoroughly to ensure an even distribution of the oil and seasoning. Finish with a light drizzle of oil. Eat immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 48 hours.
This would be perfect served alongside grilled chicken or fish at a BBQ or a standalone dish for lunch or a lighter supper.
What are your go to summery dishes?