Herbed Couscous & Chick Pea Salad
November 23, 2014
Categories: Lunch, Salads, Vegetable Salad, Side Dishes, Beans, Chickpeas/Garbanzo, Grains, Couscous, Mediterranean, Budget-Friendly, Easy/Beginner Cooking, Make-Ahead, Quick Meals, Potluck, Summer, Sunday Dinner, Weeknight Meals, Refrigerator, Stove Top, Heart Healthy, Kosher, Low Cholesterol, Low Fat, Low Sodium, No Eggs, Non-Dairy, Vegan, Vegetarian, Make it from scratch, Herbs, Pasta Salad more
"A great Mediterranean flavored side dish. Really easy to make; and, quick cooking too. Delicious and full of flavor - makes plenty!! But, fresh herbs and lemon are definitely a key to this dish."
- Serving Size: 1 (295.9 g)
- Calories 424.3
- Total Fat - 22 g
- Saturated Fat - 2.6 g
- Cholesterol - 0 mg
- Sodium - 33.4 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 52.9 g
- Dietary Fiber - 8.7 g
- Sugars - 6.8 g
- Protein - 10.4 g
- Calcium - 90.4 mg
- Iron - 3.1 mg
- Vitamin C - 73.6 mg
- Thiamin - 0.2 mg
Couscous ... Cook the couscous according to package directions. When done, 'fluff' using a fork. Cover, and set to the side to cool. This salad is best served room temperature or even chilled.
Roasted Garlic: I love the roasted garlic; and, really think that it adds so much to this dish. You can roast your own; or even buy roasted garlic. Fresh garlic just doesn't add the same flavor to the dish. Wrap an entire head of garlic in foil, drizzled with a little olive oil. Forty-five (45) to 55 minutes in a 375 degree oven; and, it is done. The garlic will literally 'squeeze' right out of the cloves. Again, you can buy this already done; or, easily make this in advance.
Dressing ... I do NOT like a wet salad (over dressed); but, dress it HOW you like. I want just enough dressing to lightly coat the salad. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, garlic; and, mix to combine.
Vegetables and Herbs ... Add the dressing, start out with about half; then, add the fresh herbs, scallions, and chick peas to the bowl; and toss to combine.
Finish ... Add the couscous, pine nuts; and toss to mix all the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add a bit more of the dressing, if the salad seems dry.
Serve and ENJOY! ... A easy Mediterranean side dish. Make sure to use fresh herbs; they really make a difference in this dish. It can be served warm, room temp or cold; I prefer room temperature.
Tips & Variations
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