Thursday, November 13, 2008

Couscous-Garbanzo Salad

Didn't have time to post this last night so you're getting an early-morning post.

We did add hardboiled eggs as per the suggestion, although we felt they were not necessary and didn't fit in very well. It turned out colder than I had anticipated. I, however, really liked it and would consider making it on a Sunday to take for lunches during the week.

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Couscous-Garbanzo Salad
Cooking Light, June 2007

This delicious salad is a great side dish for grilled fish or chicken. Or you can add some sliced hard-boiled eggs for a vegetarian main dish.

1 cup organic vegetable broth (such as Swanson Certified Organic)
1 cup uncooked couscous
2 cups chopped seeded tomato (about 2 medium)
1 cup diced cucumber (about 1)
1 cup thinly sliced green onions (about 6)
1/2 cup grated carrot (1 medium)
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Bring broth to a boil in a medium saucepan, and gradually stir in couscous. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Place couscous in a large bowl, and cool completely. Fluff with a fork. Stir in tomato, cucumber, and next 4 ingredients (through chickpeas); toss well. Combine oil and the remaining ingredients in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Add vinegar mixture to couscous mixture just before serving; toss gently.

Yield: 10 servings

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