Still harboring an obsession for Mexican Cuisine, I rely heavily on tortilla for quick lunches and dinners. Tacos are so versatile, as far as I’m concerned it doesn’t matter what you fill them with, they’ll still taste amazing. With that said, sauces and dressing are what take most good meals to the next level and this sweet n’ spicy jalapeno dressing does just that. I suppose in essence this is what you might call a vinaigrette, but we’ll stick with dressing for now. The jalapenos are crucial and so is their minced nature – just keep going over them with a sharp knife until you get the desired ‘squishy’ consistency. And then…..just mix it through the couscous AS WELL AS pouring it generously on top before consumption. This would also make a great zingy salad dressing or a yummy dip for bread.

Crunchy Couscous Tacos With Sweet-Spicy Jalapeno Dressing [Vegan]



For the Dressing:

  • 5 pickled jalapeno pieces
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 heaped tbsp agave syrup
  • juice of half lime
  • 1/2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper

For the Couscous:

  • 1/2 cup cous cous
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup defrosted frozen peas
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander


For the Dressing:

  1. Put everything in an empty jar and shake vigorously until it emulsifies.

For the Couscous:

  1. Place the couscous and taco seasoning in a bowl. mix to combine and cover with freshly boiled water. put a plate on top and leave to soak for ten minutes.
  2. Fluff with a fork and stir through the peas, coriander and half the dressing.
  3. Serve alone or in a crunchy taco – top with more dressing before eating!

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