Hungry? Make couscous salad.
Rodney, Randy and I were ravished after spending the morning shopping at Findlay Market. I had bought Israeli couscous and Randy had fresh artichoke salad in the refrigerator. I thought the two would make a quick and satisfying lunch.
When I googled Israeli Couscous I found some interesting facts on Wikipedia. It's usually steamed, eaten all over the world and traditionally served under meat or poultry. I had no steamer (although I am now in the market for a copper one) so I decided to cook it in chicken broth. I am not a person to cook in water if I have a flavorful broth available. Once cooked I added the artichoke salad Randy had bought at the market, two sliced scallions, and a handful of dried cranberries and walnuts.
Tossed together with a fruity vinaigrette, it made a quick and deliciously satisfying lunch. Especially eaten on this vintage tablecloth.
Cooking Couscous couldn't be simpler.
For 4 servings;
1 1/2 cups water or chicken broth
1 tablespoon olive oil
couple pinches of salt
1 cup Israeli couscous, not instant
Bring the water, olive oil and salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in the couscous, cover, and turn the heat to low.
Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Turn the heat off, let sit at least 5 minutes and toss with a fork.
Place in a bowl and toss with your favorite ingredients.
1 tablespoon raspberry vinegar
2 tablespoons grape seed oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in a jar and shake to blend.
Couscous is also delicious prepared with blood oranges, julienne fennel, parsley and slivered almonds. I toss it with an orange vinaigrette and there are never any leftovers!
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My home seems so plain after my "vintage" vacation!