Sesame Couscous Salad
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- 1 1⁄2 cups chicken broth (or stock, low sodium preferred)
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 cup couscous (or other grain)
- 2 scallions, sliced
- 1 large bell pepper, chopped
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar snap peas
- 1 1⁄2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 cup chopped cooked chicken
- 1 (14 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1⁄4 cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1⁄4 cup slivered almonds
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
- Combine chicken stock, 1 teaspoons soy sauce, and 1 teaspoons sesame oil and bring to a boil.
- Place grain in large bowl and pour boiling stock mixture inches Cover and let stand till tender 5-30 minutes (depending on the cooking time for the grain you’re using).
- Stir in scallions and bell pepper. Cover and refrigerate to chill while you finish the remaining steps.
- Steam the peas for one minute. Add broccoli and steam together for another two minutes, or till crisp tender. Rinse with cold water and drain.
- Add broccoli, peas, and chicken to couscous and continue chilling.
- In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, olive oil, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, and sesame oil, whisking till smooth.
- Drizzle dressing over couscous mixture and stir till well combined. Mix in almonds and sesame seeds. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
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