Couscous with Cucumbers

    1 hour 15 minutes

    A good chilled salad that is easy to make. It combines couscous with lemon, cucumber and fresh herbs which is served on a bed of lettuce.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 1 3/4 cups (400ml) water
    • 280g uncooked couscous
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) lemon juice
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 cucumber, seeded and chopped
    • 1/2 bunch finely chopped spring onions
    • handful chopped fresh parsley
    • small handful chopped fresh basil
    • 6 lettuce leaves
    • lemon wedges to garnish

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Extra time:1hour chilling  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. Bring water to the boil. Place couscous in a bowl and pour boiling water over. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Uncover and cool to room temperature.
    2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir in cucumber, spring onion, parsley, basil and couscous. Mix well and chill for at least 1 hour.
    3. Line a plate with lettuce leaves. Spoon couscous mixture over leaves and garnish with lemon wedges.

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    Used different ingredients. I love couscous but I prefer having more veggies than grain so I pumped up this recipie a bit by adding celery and tomates too. Regardless, this is a great recipie.  -  29 Sep 2008


    Used different ingredients. Quite nice, couscous soaks up the flavour. Try adding some extra vinaigrette just before serving. You may want a lower grain-to-veggie ratio, and if so toss in some chopped tomatoes and sliced black olives. This goes great and can make a greek sort of salad.  -  29 Sep 2008


    Altered ingredient amounts. I used the advice of others and added less lemon juice, and I also added some fat-free plain yoghurt and chopped mint for a more mediterranean flavour... the couscous soaked up the liquids well and it was tasty for days!  -  29 Sep 2008