Inspired by recipes from Epicurious, Cook.com, and All Recipes
2 cups whole wheat couscous
1/2 cup dried apricots
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
fresh lemon juice of two medium lemons (about 5 tablespoons)
fresh orange juice of one small orange (about 3 tablespoons)
1 generous tablespoon grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 dried dates, pitted and chopped
1 cup pistachios toasted
2 medium shallots chopped fine
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
I was grilling spicy lamb kabobs and wanted a sweet couscous as a side dish. After looking at multiple recipes, here is the recipe I came up with based on ingredients I already had in my cabinets.
- Bring 2 cups water to boil in medium saucepan. Stir in couscous and remove from heat. Cover and let stand 3 minutes. Stir in dried apricots. Let stand 2 minutes. Fluff with fork. Transfer to large bowl.
- Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, orange juice, lemon peel, with cardamom and cinnamon to blend in small bowl. Drizzle over couscous while couscous is still warm.
- Mix dates, pistachios, minced shallots, and mint. Season with salt and pepper.
- Let stand at room temperature at least 1 hour and up to 2 hours. Garnish with mint sprigs.