Israeli CousCous

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Israeli couscous (about the size of a small pea) is a larger pearl than standard (North African) couscous, which is about the size of a grain of rice.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 T EVOO – to fry
    PREPARE COUSCOUS
  • 1 C Israeli couscous
  • 3/4 C chicken stock (alt: vegetable stock)
  • 1 C water
    FOR THE DRESSING – WHISK TOGETHER
  • 2 T honey
  • 1 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 C red wine vinegar
  • 2 T EVOO – for dressing
    TO BE COMBINED WITH DRESSING
  • 2 roma tomatoes (seeds removed – small chop)
  • 1 cucumber (seeds removed – small chop)
  • 1 bunch scallions (greens only – 1/4 inch pieces) reserve some for garnish
  • 2 C fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 C fresh chopped cilantro – reserve some for garnish
  • 1/4 C baby peas – strained
  • 1/4 C fresh chopped mint
  • salt and pepper to taste – or use [thnder-powder]
    FOR THE FINAL STEPS – ASSEMBLE SALAD
  • 8 leaves romaine lettuce – washed, but left whole
  • 1/4 C feta cheese (alt: tofu) for garnish
  • garnish with reserved cilantro and scallions
  • OPTIONAL:  Toasted sesame seeds or chopped pistachio

STEP BY STEP

  1. Toast couscous in EVOO using a large heavy deep pot
  2. Fry / toast over medium heat till slightly browned (5-8 minutes)
  3. Add water and broth, bring to a simmer and lower heat
  4. Cover and let simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
  5. Transfer couscous to a colander and let rest while you prepare the rest of the ingredients
  6. Combine dressing ingredients – whisk together
  7. Toss with all other salad ingredients
  8. Toss gently with couscous and serve over lettuce leaves
  9. Top with cilantro leaves, scallions, and a bit of feta cheese

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