Easy, Healthy Couscous Tabbouleh (and the #happymoments2014 challenge)

by Julie Ruble on January 15, 2014 · 6 comments

Easy, Healthy Couscous Tabbouleh
Easy, Healthy Couscous Tabbouleh

Easy, Healthy Couscous Tabbouleh

Recipe by: Slightly adapted from Epicurious
Yield: 6-8 servings

This easy, flavorful salad is a healthy meal to help you with your New Year’s resolutions! I love making a big batch of it and eating it for a quick lunch throughout the week.

1 cup chicken broth
1 cup water
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, divided
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 cups couscous
1 seedless cucumber, cut into 1/4-inch pieces, plus cucumber slices for garnish
9 ounces cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves
3/4 cup finely chopped scallion
1 teaspoon kosher salt
a few grinds pepper
2 cups loosely packed fresh parsley leaves, minced
1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, minced, plus mint sprigs for garnish

Prep all your materials first: chop the veggies and herbs, measure out the ingredients, etc. Bring chicken broth, water, 1/4 cup of the lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons olive oil to a boil in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the couscous and cover the pan, removing it from the heat. Let it sit and steam for 5 minutes before fluffing it with a fork and setting it aside to cool. In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/3 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss the cucumber, tomatoes, and scallions in the dressing and allow this to sit for 15 minutes. Add in the couscous and herbs and toss the salad well. Cover it and chill it for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld. Garnish with extra cucumber slices and herb sprigs.

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