Filed Under: Capers, couscous, Salad, Vegetarian

Pearl Couscous Salad

November 13th, 2017

From How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Completely Revised Tenth Anniversary Edition , by Mark Bittman

This Pearl Couscous Salad is a balancing act of many strong flavours, and personal preference plays a role here. So taste as you go and adjust the seasonings and condiments as you like.
Servings
4 servings
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
  • Salt
  • 1 pound pearl couscous
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Preserved Lemon, skin only, sliced as thin as possible, or 1 tablespoon minced lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1/4 cup currants or golden raisins
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cooked or canned chickpeas, drained but still moist
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
Directions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it. Cook the couscous, stirring occasionally, until tender but not mushy; start tasting after 5 minutes. Drain it well, rinse it briefly with cold running water, and drain again.

  2. Put the oil, lemon juice, cumin, cinnamon, preserved lemon, capers, and currants in a large bowl with a generous pinch pepper and whisk to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more spices, lemon, or salt as you like.

  3. Add the couscous, onion, chickpeas, tomatoes, pine nuts, and parsley and toss once or twice. If possible, let the salad rest at room temperature for an hour, tossing every now and then. Taste and adjust the seasoning and serve.

Pearl Couscous Salad
Mark Bittman

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