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Couscous Salad (Rev)

Couscous is a wonderful grain and change of pace from rice. 
It is a staple in the Maghreb, the northwest area of Africa
that includes Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.  A “couscous
mini-cuisine” has evolved there. The base grain of couscous
is durum wheat— a very hard wheat with high protein. 
The durum endosperm is used to make couscous grain and is
also milled to make semolina flour.  Like rice, couscous
readily takes on spices, seasonings and sauces. Most supermarkets
carry a packaged couscous, with small, almost fine, grains. 
It comes plain and seasoned–buy plain.  Here
is a more authentic way to make it
than you’ll find
on box tops or in cookbooks. Steaming produces a lighter
fluffier couscous and is well worth the extra time to make
it. Also, since the steamer is out to make the couscous,
you might as well steam the veggies for a few minutes to
soften them and get the crunchiness out of the salad.

Here’s how:

Couscous Salad

See Abbreviations, if needed 

Yield:  about 10 servings as a side

• 10 oz      couscous

• 1.5 C       plain yogurt

• 2 T          red wine vinegar

• 1.5 T       Dijon mustard 

• 3 T          EVOO, your best quality

• 2 C         diced yellow and red peppers

• 1 C         diced scallions or shallots

• 1/2 C      diced calamata olives

• 1 C         minced fresh parsley or cilantro

• S/P         to taste (needs salt)

1. Prep couscous and cool

2. Place the diced veggies into the steamer used to make
the couscous and steam them for 3 minutes

3. Combine yogurt, red wine vinegar, and mustard in large
stainless steel bowl

4. Whisk in EVOO

5. Fold in the other ingredients and then add the couscous

6. Fold all well to coat

7. Serve ambient

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