What makes this salad evocative of San Francisco? The colorful combination of chicken, red and orange bell pepper, watercress, and mango, with cheese and couscous rounding out the components. The couscous is infused with the flavor of spearmint tea and also topped with a vibrant paste made by grinding together fresh cilantro, red chili pepper, and spinach, and more cilantro is sprinkled on top of the salad just before serving.  


  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • olive oil (to taste)
  • 1/2 red pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 orange pepper (chopped)
  • 150 grams couscous
  • 1 teaspoon tea (spearmint)
  • 200 milliliters water
  • 1/2 bunch coriander (leave some for garnish)
  • 1 red chili
  • 100 grams spinach leaves
  • 1 mango
  • 50 grams watercress
  • leaves
  • 50 grams Ilha cheese (or similar cured cheese, cubed)


  1. Season the chicken breast with paprika, salt, and pepper.
  2. Beat the chicken lightly with a rolling pin to thin out.
  3. Heat a little olive oil in a skillet, and fry the chicken.
  4. Half-way through cooking, add red and orange pepper, and continue cooking until the chicken is done.
  5. Slice the chicken breast.
  6. Place the couscous in a bowl.
  7. Mix the tea with boiling water and stir.
  8. Let the tea steep for 5 minutes.
  9. After five minutes, pour the tea in the bowl with the couscous.
  10. All the liquid should be absorbed.
  11. Separate the couscous grains with a fork.
  12. In a food processor grind the coriander, chili, and spinach.
  13. Peel the mango and dice.
  14. Place the couscous in a large serving platter, add the coriander mix on top, and season with olive oil.
  15. Spread the chicken on top evenly.
  16. Add watercress, cooked peppers, mango, and cheese.
  17. Add the watercress, peppers, mango, chicken, and cheese.
  18. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  19. Season with olive oil.
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