Couscous with Currants

Couscous with Currants

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From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 1994

Roasted garlic and lemon dress this couscous salad. Currants and tomatoes add sweet counterpoints to the tangy dressing. This dish is best served at room temperature.

Ingredients 12 servings

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  • 3 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 cups couscous
  • ½ cup dried currants
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 ripe plum tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup finely chopped scallions, (5 scallions)
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley


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  1. Stir together lukewarm water, couscous, currants and salt in a large bowl. Let stand until the water has been absorbed and the couscous is tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, dip tomatoes into boiling water for a few seconds, refresh under cold water and slip off skins. Cut the tomatoes in half crosswise, remove seeds, dice and set aside.
  3. Heat a cast iron or heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, turning occasionally, until blackened in spots and tender, about 10 minutes. Slip the garlic from their skins and trim the tough ends.
  4. Combine lemon juice, oil, mustard, sugar and the roasted garlic in a blender or food processor; blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Fluff the couscous with a fork. Add scallions, parsley and the diced tomatoes. Drizzle with the lemon dressing and toss lightly to coat. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve within 2 hours.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 172 calories; 4 g fat(1 g sat); 5 g fiber; 31 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 13 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 515 IU vitamin A; 11 mg vitamin C; 32 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 108 mg sodium; 162 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, ½ fat

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