Pearls of Couscous


This a great summertime salad made from pearl couscous. It can be prepared in 10 minutes and can be a great side instead of rice. I usually make this as a side when we grill outdoors during the summertime. It is light, healthy and flavorful.

Pearl Couscous Salad

Ingredients:

1 cup Pearl Couscous (available in white and whole wheat varieties)

 1  1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon butter

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 a seedless cucumber, diced

1/2 a large red onion, diced

2 green chilies, chopped

handful of chopped cilantro

juice from half of a lemon

1 tsp lemon zest

salt and pepper to taste

Method:

In a sauce pan bring water, salt and butter to a boil. Add couscous and cover. Let cook for 8-10 minutes. In the meantime, combine, salt, pepper, lemon juice, zest, red onions, cucumber, green chillies and cilantro leaves in a serving bowl. When the couscous is ready, fluff and then add to vegetable mixture. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Alt: Can add chopped tomatoes, chopped zucchini, green onions, black olives as well.

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