Best-Ever Couscous Salad. Wait! Do you even like couscous? I like saying the name–it sounds so unusual–but I’ve never been a fan of the taste…

Until I had Best-Ever Couscous Salad my friend Rosey put together. The flavors are amazing, blessed by the Mediterranean flavors I have come to love.

We made this salad in class this week. The 5th-9th graders in the class could easily make the salad, using basic skills they have been learning in the Healthy Eating/Culinary Arts I am teaching this semester. This tells me we can do it too!

Since couscous is made from crushed durum wheat, it is considered a Whole Food.  It is a healthy carbohydrate, with 2.2 grams of fiber for serving and 6 grams of protein per one cup serving. Two cups of this salad, perhaps served over a bed of healthy lettuces (arugula or spinach)  would make a lovely summer lunch or supper.

Rosey’s Best-Ever Couscous Salad

Let’s start with the DRESSING:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

Mix all ingredients in a jar with a lid, and set aside.

Assemble the SALAD:

  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2-1 cup currants (also called Zante currants, Corinth raisins, or Corinthian raisins, they are dried berries of the small, sweet grape). You can substitute yellow or regular raisins if you can’t find currants.
  • 10 oz. or 1 1/2 cups couscous
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas blanched and cut in half
  • 1-2 cups coarsely chopped cashews
  • 4 green onions thinly sliced

Heat 2 T EVOO in heavy sauce pan, add onion and garlic and saute until fragrant. Add lemon zest and juice and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Add couscous, cover, and remove from heat. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.

Fluff with a fork. Place in a large bowl, and let cool. (We were in a hurry to try it, so we put the couscous in the freezer for about 10 minutes.)

Then add everything else except the nuts and stir well.

Add nuts prior to serving on lettuce leaves, or a bed of lettuce. (Arugula or spinach would be a delicious and healthy choice.)

Top with grilled chicken or feta/goat cheese for a complete and delicious meal.

The Results of the Taste Test

How do you like couscous now? Virtually all the kids in both classes really liked it. That is a great recommendation in my book!

Have a blessed week, my friends. Remember to take time for you and refresh your soul. Journaling outdoors in nice weather and reading the Bible wherever I happen to open it at the time always refreshes me.

What refreshes you?