It’s November, which means I only have two seasonal salads left to make for you guys. November also means the return of a vegetable everyone seems to hate: the sprout.
I’m going to put this out there straight away: there is nothing wrong with sprouts. They are one misunderstood vegetable. Mainly because people always cook them the wrong way. I remember boiled sprouts that various relatives have attempted to make me eat- and yes, I ate them- but I feel like boiling is one of the worst things you can do to sprouts. It releases that very specific smell they have, and it also makes them slimy to boot. As we move further into this month, and get closer to the day every sprout waits for (Christmas), I promise I’ll write a post on how to cook sprouts in numerous delicious ways. But today, we’re cooking them by one of my favourite methods: sautéed with almost no oil. This prevents them from becoming greasy or slimy, and chars the edges slightly to give plenty of flavour.
Alongside sprouts this salad includes pomegranate seeds, and orange. Both of these ingredients are coming into the supermarkets cheap around now. As for the feta and the cous-cous, you can get these year round. So, this recipe will take you 10 minutes tops to prepare, and I hope you enjoy it…
Ingredients (Serves 2)
- 1 large handful of sprouts, sliced
- 80g pot of pomegranate seeds
- 2 medium oranges, peeled and chopped into chunks
- 60g feta or “Greek-style” cheese
- 100g dried cous-cous, prepared according to packet instructions
- Black pepper
- To a non-stick pan add the sprouts, and turn the heat up to medium. Sauté until the edges of the sprouts become charred, and they soften (add a little water once the pan is hot to steam them slightly, and take the bitterness and woody texture away).
- Add the sprouts to the prepared cous-cous, along with the pomegranate seeds, crumbled feta, and orange chunks. Season with black pepper and toss everything together before serving up. If there’s just you, then the leftover portion will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.