moroccan chickpea couscous salad

July 21, 2010

Ahh July. I am loving the heat! How is your week going? Mine is going swimmingly. There’s been a happy hour at my favourite theatre/bar, a dinner with the extended family, lots of sunshine and heat, and some planning of upcoming travels. Happy days. Oh except for the pain beyond belief I am experiencing from strength training which I am trying to get back into. It hurts to sit down. And stand up. Oh, and to walk. Normal?

And here I am back with more grain salad action. It’s just necessary at the moment, okay?

We had a fridge/pantry cull and inventory when we got back from Ashland the other day. Highly recommended. We definitely found some questionable friends in the depths of our fridge! I won’t give you details. Trust me, you don’t want them. Now we know what we have and how we’re going to use it. Case in point: we have a lot of chickpeas and an unholy number of red onions. The result:

Moroccan Chickpea Couscous Salad
adapted from MediterrAsian Cooking

  • 1 cup quick-cooking couscous
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 1/4 cups boiling chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime/lemon (lemon would actually probably work better but we had a lime on hand and it worked just dandily)
  • 1 clove garlic – minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 carrot – grated
  • 1/2 green or red pepper – finely diced
  • 1/4 red onion – finely diced
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  1. Mix the couscous with the raisins in a bowl and pour over the boiling stock.
  2. Cover with a lid and let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Place the oil, lime juice, garlic, spices, and salt in a jar with a screw-top lid and shake to mix.
  4. Fluff the couscous with a fork to separate the grains and stir through the carrot, pepper, onion, and chickpeas.
  5. Pour over the dressing and toss together until well combined.

This makes a great dinner (plenty of protein from those chickpeas and grains) or a lovely side dish for whatever you’re grilling. Healthy and awesome!

The original recipe for this called for red pepper, not green. Well, I don’t know about you but it’s hard for me to swallow spending $6 a pound on red peppers. In fact, I think it’s outrageous! They’ve become a special treat so green it was…

And why is this Moroccan I hear you ask. The spices – cumin, ginger, coriander – are pretty standard fare in Moroccan dishes (along with cinnamon, mmmm).

This was a big win and a great compliment to the falafel and hummus we made the night before.

When was the last time you had a pantry inventory/cull? Were you surprised by what you found?

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

loveofbreakfast July 21, 2010 at 7:14 pm

i love those spices together! i heard the bedlam was going out of business or was in danger of going out of business or something like that. am i totally making that up?

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Cara July 21, 2010 at 8:00 pm

I love Moroccan flavors! In addition to all the spices I think it is common to have a dried fruit like the raisins. I adore that sweetness with the warm spices :) This salad sounds delicious!

Oh and we keep trying to figure out what needs to go in our refrigerator – I'm so embarrassed to admit this, but something smells. And we don't know what.

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Erica July 21, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Ok seriously- couscous and chickpeas need to get married- they're so awesome together. Beautiful salad. Hooray for strength training ;) pump rocks my socks off. Teaching makes you a little immune to the pain (a little). I made a pantry chili recently and it was amazing

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Your best advice July 21, 2010 at 8:37 pm

just recently, your meal looks great

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emily (a nutritionist eats) July 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Ooooh, I want this salad!
Yeah, the red peppers are ridiculous. But I LOVE them! :(

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sophia July 22, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I just found a HUGE can of saurkraut in my pantry…how did that get there? Haha.
I'm NOT loving the heat…I think I'm dying! Melting, actually. But loving your salad…it's gorgeous!

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Holly July 23, 2010 at 8:48 am

future travels? oooohhh i MUST know more :)

and i want this salad. in my belly. like now.

heart you.

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Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) July 23, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I love cous cous! With my crazy schedule, a grain that cooks in 5 minutes is a God-send =)

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Angharad July 25, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Kate – Bedlam isn't going out of business – they just got evicted from their location since they were on a month to month lease. I actually work with them so I know a bit about it! They need to find a new spot but they're still in business! Super sad about that space though…

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