Apr 2, 2014

Apple Couscous & Goat Cheese Cucumber Rolls

Apple Couscous & Goat Cheese Cucumber Rolls

This recipe came with the Hello Fresh Box I tried a couple of months ago. The vegetable box didn’t do it for me, but the recipe was a keeper, after I tweaked it a bit. You know I can’t leave things alone.

It’s a lovely light, fresh, sweet and vegetarian spring dish with a slight kick. Funky cucumber rolls filled with a honey-sweetened goat geese and walnuts served alongside a fresh couscous salad with apple and corn salad leaves.

This salad is on the table in no time… which is probably why I’ve been eating this for lunch so often lately. It just works.

 

Ingredients:

1 cup couscous
1 cup water
1 vegetable bouillon cube
2 tbsp butter
1 cucumber
1 fresh, sweet red apple (mine was a fuji apple)
2 oz corn salad leaves
1 lemon
1 tbsp red chili oil or extra-virgin olive oil
3 oz goat cheese
3 oz walnuts
3 tbsp honey
salt & pepper

 

Directions:

 
This is a recipe for two!
 

Basic couscous.
Apple Couscous & Goat Cheese Cucumber Rolls

Pour the water into a big pan and add the bouillon cube and butter. Bring to a boil, stir in the couscous, turn off the heat and put the lid on then leave it be for 10 minutes.
Apple Couscous & Goat Cheese Cucumber Rolls

After 10 minutes you stir the couscous well.
Apple Couscous & Goat Cheese Cucumber Rolls

Wash the cucumber and use a cheese slicer or vegetable peeler to turn the cucumber into long slices until you see the seeds, then move to the other side. Throw the first strip of skin away. 3 or 4 slices per person is enough. Let them drain for a while.
Apple Couscous & Goat Cheese Cucumber Rolls

Wash and dice the apple. I leave the skin on… it’s colourful.
Apple Couscous & Goat Cheese Cucumber Rolls

Give the walnuts a rough chop.
Apple Couscous & Goat Cheese Cucumber Rolls

Whisk the goat cheese with 2 tbsp honey (start with 1 1/2 and see if it’s sweet enough) and pinch of salt and pepper.
Apple Couscous & Goat Cheese Cucumber Rolls

Stir in half the chopped walnuts.
Apple Couscous & Goat Cheese Cucumber Rolls

Put a spoonful of the goat cheese mix on a cucumber slice and roll up gently. That’s it.
Apple Couscous & Goat Cheese Cucumber Rolls

You can use a spicy oil, like I did, or a regular olive oil.
Apple Couscous & Goat Cheese Cucumber Rolls

Mix 1 tbsp oil with 1 tbsp honey and 2 tbsp lemon juice.
Apple Couscous & Goat Cheese Cucumber Rolls

Combine the diced apple and corn salad leaves in a big bowl and use your hands to work in the dressing. Carefully stir in the couscous and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Apple Couscous & Goat Cheese Cucumber Rolls

 
Have a piece of feta or any other cheese lying around doing nothing useful? Cube it and add it. It’s delicious!
 

Finish with the remaining chopped walnut.
Apple Couscous & Goat Cheese Cucumber Rolls

Does this salad scream spring or what?
Apple Couscous & Goat Cheese Cucumber Rolls

Apple Couscous & Goat Cheese Cucumber Rolls
Ingredients
    1 cup couscous
    1 cup water
    1 vegetable bouillon cube
    2 tbsp butter
    1 cucumber
    1 fresh, sweet red apple (mine was a fuji apple)
    2 oz corn salad leaves
    1 lemon
    1 tbsp red chili oil or extra-virgin olive oil
    3 oz goat cheese
    3 oz walnuts
    3 tbsp honey
    salt & pepper

Directions
    Pour the water in a big pan and add the bouillon cube and butter. Bring to a boil, stir in the couscous, turn off the heat and put the lid on. Leave it be for 10 minutes then stir the couscous until fluffy. Wash the cucumber and use a cheese slicer or vegetable peeler to turn the cucumber into long slices until you see the seeds, then move to the other side. Throw the first strip of skin away… 3 or 4 slices per person is enough. Let them drain for a while. Wash and dice the apple and give the walnuts a rough chop.

    Whisk the goat cheese with 2 tbsp honey (start with 1 1/2 and see if it’s sweet enough) and pinch of salt and pepper and stir in half the chopped walnuts. Put a spoonful of the goat cheese mix on a cucumber slice and roll up gently. Mix 1 tbsp oil with 2 tbsp lemon juice and 1 tbsp honey. Combine the diced apple and corn salad leaves in a big bowl and use your hands to work in the dressing. Carefully stir in the couscous and season with salt and pepper to taste. Have a piece of feta or any other cheese lying around doing nothing useful? Cube it and add it. It’s delicious!

    Finish with the remaining walnuts.

Meal type: Lunch, Vegetarian
Servings: 2
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    12 Comments »

    1. 1

      This looks so fresh and light.  Thank you for sharing. 

      Maria on Apr 3, 2014 @ 10:19 am Reply
    2. 2

      I can almost taste the freshness through the pictures! I’m not a big fan of goat’s cheese, but I can see this working with white cheese maybe without the honey though. Mmmm. 

      Ramona - A Dutchie Baking on Apr 3, 2014 @ 1:52 pm Reply
    3. 3

      Corn salad leaves? I have never heard of them. They look a little but not really like baby spinach leaves. 

      Kait on Apr 3, 2014 @ 6:26 pm Reply
    4. 4

      Oh I love this recipe! Great idea.

      Agnes on Apr 3, 2014 @ 11:24 pm Reply
    5. 5

      Corn salad leaves are also known as mache.

      Tammi on Apr 4, 2014 @ 6:19 pm Reply
      1. They have various names… they also go by lamb’s lettuce.

        Kay on Apr 4, 2014 @ 6:31 pm Reply
    6. 6

      This looks wonderful – thanks for sharing Kay. Cheese, honey and nuts – what’s not to like?  Have you ever baked a ripe camembert with honey drizzled over the top and walnuts scattered plus some dipping items – that is just the best fondue ever!

      Alison on Apr 6, 2014 @ 9:54 pm Reply
    7. 7

      The cucumber rolls are soooo good!  I’m going to make the couscous tomorrow night but using cauliflower rice instead so it’s gluten free.  http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2014/03/25/roasted-cauliflower-rice/
      Instead, I’m pairing the cucumber rolls with your bacon-wrapped apple and potato burger.
      Thank you for sharing!

      Grace on Apr 8, 2014 @ 10:39 pm Reply
    8. 8

      Oeh wat ziet dit er heerlijk fris uit voor de zomer! Vooral die rolletjes, ook leuk als feesthapje. <3

      FOOD by Dila on Apr 18, 2014 @ 1:50 pm Reply
    9. 9

      This looks delicious! I can see endless variations on this one… I don’t usually have couscous on hand, but quinoa would work too!

      Thanks!

      Nancy on Apr 26, 2014 @ 11:35 pm Reply
    10. 10

      Wow, this looks incredible — all my favorite foods (apples, goat cheese, couscous, honey, walnuts) all rolled into one amazing dish :) Definitely got to try this.

      And btw, lovely photos!!

      Rachel on Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:50 am Reply
    11. 11

      Article Review your food look attractive.
      I have read your menu simple and easy to understand,
      I think, to find time to cook for you.

      sbo on Nov 28, 2014 @ 5:13 am Reply

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