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Dinner tonight! Houston's couscous

August 15, 2012|By Noelle Carter
  • Houston's couscous is made with couscous, bulgur wheat, radishes, parsley, green onions, raisins, tomatoes, almonds and mint.
Houston's couscous is made with couscous, bulgur wheat, radishes,…

A perfect dish for summer, Houston's couscous combines raisins, tomatoes, almonds and parsley with fresh chopped radish and green onion. The couscous and bulgur wheat salad is brightened with fresh mint and a dash of lemon juice, and comes together in about an hour.

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Houston's couscous

Total time: 40 minutes, plus cooling time

Servings: 4 to 6

Note: Adapted from Hillstone Restaurant Group

3 cups water, divided

1/2 cup couscous

1/2 cup bulgur wheat

3/4 cup coarsely chopped radishes

3 tablespoons finely cut green onions

3 tablespoons minced Italian parsley

1/2 cup raisins

12 very small tomatoes, such as Sweet 100s

1/3 cup whole roasted, skin-on almonds

About ½ cup whole fresh mint leaves

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, preferably Meyer lemon, more to taste

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, more to taste

Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

1. In a small saucepan, bring 11/2 cups water to a simmer. Add the couscous and cook gently until the water is absorbed, approximately 3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer the couscous to a baking sheet to cool.

2. In another small saucepan, bring the remaining 11/2 cups water to a simmer. Add the bulgur wheat and cook gently until the water is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a baking sheet to cool.

3. In a large bowl, combine the cooled couscous and bulgur wheat. Stir in the radishes, green onions, parsley, raisins, tomatoes, almonds and mint leaves. Add the lemon juice and olive oil, stirring to coat. Season with one-half teaspoon salt and one-fourth teaspoon pepper. Taste and adjust the flavorings and seasonings as desired. This makes about 4 cups salad.

Each of 6 servings: 209 calories; 6 grams protein; 34 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams fiber; 7 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 9 grams sugar; 206 mg sodium.

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