Lemony Couscous with Chickpeas

Recipes | February 25, 2016 | By

Lemony Couscous with Chickpeas
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 350g uncooked couscous
  2. ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  3. 575ml boiling water
  4. 2 lemons
  5. 60ml olive oil
  6. 1 x 400g of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  7. 1 cup chopped black olives
One or more of
  1. 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
  2. ½ cup (half a small bunch) finely chopped fresh parsley
  3. ½ cup (half a bunch) finely chopped scallions (spring onions)
  4. ½ cup (half a small bunch) minced fresh mint
Garnish
  1. ½ cup chopped toasted almonds
Instructions
  1. Put the couscous and salt into a bowl and pour the boiling water over it. Cover and set aside for about 10 minutes, until the water is absorbed.
  2. Grate the lemon peels and juice the lemons.
  3. Stir together the lemon zest, ¼ cup of juice, and the olive oil.
  4. Fluff the couscous with a fork, separating any lumps. Add the chickpeas, olives, the lemon-and-oil mixture, and the herbs and toss well. Add more salt to taste if needed.
  5. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
  6. Top with the toasted almonds just before serving.
  7. Recipe slightly adapted from of Moosewood Restaurant's Simple Suppers cookbook.
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