Sunday, September 30, 2012

Cinderella salad.

   Cheap and simple salad in a beautiful dress, aka how to turn simple ingredients into a sophisticated dish. Usually when I plan my dishes I focus mostly on a taste, but ever since I started this blog I also keep in mind how it would look in a picture. Probably I am willing to sacrifice the "look" of the dish for the sake of taste, but never the other way around, who cares if it looks awesome if it's not edible. Fortunately in this dish I did not have to sacrifice anything... it is absolutely delicious and it looks super cute! Perfect dish to entertain with and impress your guests! Simple Greek-style couscous salad stuffed in sexy tomatoes! If you wonder what sexy tomatoes look like... wait until you see the picture! Here is the recipe:


*  2 cups dry couscous
*  2 1/2 cup boiling water
*  3 sun dried tomatoes, finely chopped
*  salt and pepper


*  1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely chopped
*  1/3 medium red onion, finely chopped
*  1/2 cup black olives, chopped
*  3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
*  1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
*  4 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette

*  small to medium tomatoes (as many as you wish to stuff)


1. In a bowl, mix couscous with salt, pepper and chopped sun dried tomatoes. Add 2 1/2 cup of boiling water, mix to combine, cover with a lid (or a big plate) and let it stand for 7 minutes.
2. Using a fork, fluff up the couscous and let it cool a little bit.
3. In a separate bowl mix chopped cucumber, onions, olives, feta cheese and parsley. Add chilled couscous and balsamic vinaigrette and toss everything together.
4. Cut the top of the tomatoes and using a small spoon remove all the seeds to make a bowl. Spoon salad inside the tomato and it's ready to serve.

   Isn't it cute? Not only good-looking but super flavorful and refreshing. It makes a lot of salad (about 4.5 cups), so it's up to you how many tomatoes you want to stuff, and you can definitely serve it in a regular bowl... it's great no matter what.

Have fun,


  1. this looks beyond fantastic. How do you keep the tomato firm?

    1. Thank you Maggie! I bought tomatoes on the vine, which tend to have thick and firm "walls" and are just perfect for stuffing!