Sumptious Summer Veggie Souk Bowl for a Healthy Supper

souk bowl

I was recently treated to dinner at Souk in Long Street in Cape Town. It’s a decadently decorated gastropub that offers a simple tapas menu, but the food is interesting, fresh and totally delicious. They have a section for “Souk Bowls”, their own creation made up of a selection of fresh veggies and grilled seafood, beef or chicken, with a choice of couscous, quinoa, leaves or rice. It’s such a simple concept, but it looks beautiful and tastes divine, so I decided to put it to the test at home! It’s a great option for a light veggie meal, or you can add some meaty bits to it. I used what I had in the house, but the options are endless!

Summer Veggie Souk Bowl

You will need:

  • A selection of fresh fruit and veggies. I used red and yellow peppers, cucumber, corn, red onion and mango.
  • Grain of your choice – I chose quinoa which adds a beautiful nuttiness to the dish and packs a lot of protein!
  • Salad leaves
  • A sprinkle of fresh herbs
  • Soy sauce

Method:

Step 1: Cook your choice of grain as per the instructions on the packaging.

Step 2: Thinly slice the veggies, or cube them into bite-sized chunks. You can keep them raw, or quickly fry them in a bit of olive or coconut oil. I fried the corn but kept everything else as is.

PRO TIP: to take the bite out of the sliced onion, put it in a bowl and pour some boiling water on it. Then remove from the water after a couple of minutes and drain. Allow to cool before using. 

Step 3: Plate by placing the grain in the centre of a deep dish or bowl, and place all the veggies in little groups around it. Garnish with freshly chopped herbs, and add a small bowl of soya sauce. You can add some toasted sesame seeds as well for a bit of crunch!

That’s it – it is so simple, but it is absolutely delicious!

Happy eating!

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