Couscous-Chickpea Salad

"This is a Recipezaar 2005 adoptee. It's a healthy, light main dish salad, that can easily be made vegetarian by using the vegetable stock. I omit the raisins as I can't stand them in savory dishes, but my daughter adds them to hers, so I left them in the ingredient list."
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  • In a heavy medium saucepan, whisk together the stock, cinnamon,ginger, cumin, and turmeric.
  • Add the couscous in a slow steady stream, stirring constantly, and continue to boil, stirring, for 1 minute.
  • Cover the pot tightly, remove from the heat and let stand for 15 minutes.
  • Fluff the couscous grains with a fork, transfer to a large mixing bowl and let cool.
  • Then fluff again, rubbing with your fingers to break up any lumps.
  • Mix the carrot, bell pepper, cucumber, onion, apple, currants and chick peas and toss with the lemon juice. Add to the couscous.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. Add desired amount of vinaigrette and stir until well mixed.
  • Cover and refrigerate for several hours or up to 3 days.
  • Season with additional salt, pepper, lemon juice, and/or vinaigrette to taste before serving.

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  1. Tracey H.
    This is incredible! I always felt like couscous was a little bland but didn't know what to do to get better flavors. I decided to try this and was blown away at how easy it was and how amazing it tastes! A very healthy meal that will absolutely be added to my list of recipes!
  2. Anna Kumquat
    Really good directions. Yummy salad. I added a Tbsp. of olive oil, thought it wouldn’t be enough, but the next day it came to life, and really tasted great. Amazingly healthy and tasty without much oil! Was a very good lunch entree but it received rave reviews when I served it with grilled chicken.
  3. Kathy228
    Simply delicious. A great combination of ingredients which all come together in a bowl. I made a couple small modifications: I omitted the carrots, used garlic olive oil, added the zest of the lemon, and used fresh ginger. This will taste even better tomorrow. It's chilling in the fridge right now. I will be making this the next time I need to bring a salad to a buffet.


  1. Tracey H.
    I'm not huge on raisins or currants mixed with anything so I omitted them



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