Moroccan Chickpea and Couscous Salad

Moroccan Chickpea and Couscous Salad

This is an exotic Moroccan chickpea and couscous salad. Served with raisins, colorful vegetables and coated with a light spiced oil and lemon dressing. Because there is no mayonnaise it is great for picnics. This salad is healthy and full of flavor and made in a snap.  Learn to make couscous and your will have a truly unique dish. To steam the couscous properly is important to a flavorful dish. Serve with roasted chicken or fish as a side dish. My favorite way to serve couscous is with this Yogurt and mint Kebabs. 

Moroccan Chickpea and Couscous Salad

1 cup quick-cooking couscous

¼ cup raisins

1¼ cups boiling vegetable stock

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 clove garlic—minced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

½ teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon salt

1 carrot—peeled and grated

½ red, green, and yellow pepper diced finely

¼ red shallots diced finely

1 cup canned chickpeas rinsed and drained

2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Mix the couscous with the raisins in a bowl and pour the boiling stock over. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Combine the oil, lemon juice, garlic, spices into a bowl and whisk. Fluff the couscous with a fork to separate the grains and stir through the carrot, peppers, shallots, chickpeas, and parsley. Pour over the dressing and toss together until well combined.

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