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Easy, Healthy Couscous Tabbouleh

I'd been craving a vegetable-loaded, bright, lemony couscous dish for quite awhile. I had this delicious couscous tabbouleh at a local restaurant and had to make it at home. I like to make a big batch on Sunday and eat it throughout the week.

Bonus: this is super quick and easy to make! It was the first time I'd made couscous (I know. Ridic.) and I had no idea it was so simple.





Easy, Healthy Couscous Tabbouleh

Recipe by: Slightly adapted from Epicurious
Yield: 6-8 servings

This easy, flavorful salad is a healthy meal to help you with your New Year's resolutions! I love making a big batch of it and eating it for a quick lunch throughout the week.

Ingredients:
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup water
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, divided
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 cups couscous
1 seedless cucumber, cut into 1/4-inch pieces, plus cucumber slices for garnish
9 ounces cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves
3/4 cup finely chopped scallion
1 teaspoon kosher salt
a few grinds pepper
2 cups loosely packed fresh parsley leaves, minced
1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, minced, plus mint sprigs for garnish

Directions:
Prep all your materials first: chop the veggies and herbs, measure out the ingredients, etc. Bring chicken broth, water, 1/4 cup of the lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons olive oil to a boil in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the couscous and cover the pan, removing it from the heat. Let it sit and steam for 5 minutes before fluffing it with a fork and setting it aside to cool. In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/3 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss the cucumber, tomatoes, and scallions in the dressing and allow this to sit for 15 minutes. Add in the couscous and herbs and toss the salad well. Cover it and chill it for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld. Garnish with extra cucumber slices and herb sprigs.










To read about this dish's very satisfying prep, see my new blog challenge and participate if it sounds fun to you, and see more photos, please head over to Willow Bird Baking!

x-posted to food_porn, picturing_food, cooking, cookingupastorm

Comments

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a_boleyn
Jan. 22nd, 2014 09:37 pm (UTC)
The dish looks lovely ... fresh, tasty and light. I wonder what the addition of some crumbled feta would do to it.

When cooking for one, it's difficult to use up perishable items like fresh spices and scallions before they go bad and I hate to waste the money by having to throw them away at that point. I also don't like cucumbers, and HATE raw tomatoes, which limits a lot of dishes that absolutely require them.

This is one of my favourite couscous dishes. It's a great side for a bbq spread as I did in this post. I think you'll enjoy it.
layers_of_eli
Jan. 22nd, 2014 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Feta sounds amazing. I'll have to try it next time. Sweet potato couscous sounds and looks amazing!
a_boleyn
Jan. 22nd, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
Glad you think so. Your posts are always colourful, tasty and inspirational. I'm not hugely fond of sweet dishes/desserts. In fact, I like to bake them, as a challenge to try new techniques and recipes, more than to eat them and usually end up giving the results away. I would be thrilled to live close to you and be a taste tester of your baked goods, mousse bars etc.
layers_of_eli
Jan. 22nd, 2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
I feel the same about your cool dishes! We could negotiate a trade ;)
a_boleyn
Jan. 22nd, 2014 09:54 pm (UTC)
LOL ... If only we lived in the same country.
layers_of_eli
Jan. 22nd, 2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
TRUTH. That is important. LOL
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