Couscous with Currants

May/June 1994

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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.

Couscous with Currants

Makes: 12 servings

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  • 3 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 cups couscous
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ripe plum tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped scallions, (5 scallions)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley


  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.


Per serving: 168 calories; 4 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 29 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 4 g protein; 2 g fiber; 109 mg sodium; 210 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (18% daily value).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat

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Recipe Categories

Type of Dish
Side dish, grain
Ease of Preparation
Total Time
45 minutes or less
8 or more
Main Ingredient
Vegetarian, other

May/June 1994
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