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Chickpea & Couscous Salad

6 servings

  • 3/4 cup couscous
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, or pine nuts
  • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded & diced
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest *
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  •    fresh ground black pepper

  •    TARRAGON-YOGURT DRESSING:
  • 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
  •    pinch cayenne pepper

1. In a large bowl, cover couscous with warm water; let stand until tender, 20-30 minutes. Drain in a sieve, gently pressing out excess water. Return to mixing bowl.

2. In a small dry skillet, toast walnuts over low heat, stirring until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely chop.

3. Add chickpeas, cucumber, parsley, scallions, tarragon, lemon zest and nuts to couscous. Toss to combine.

4. With side of a chef's knife, mash GARLIC WITH 1/2 TEASPOON SALT. Transfer to a small bowl; whisk in lemon juice, oil and paprika. Toss lemon dressing with salad. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Serve, with a couple of dollops of Tarragon-Yogurt Dressing.

5. DRESSING: Line a sieve with a double layer of cheesecloth and place over a bowl (or use a yogurt cheese maker). Spoon in yogurt and drain at room temperature for 25 minutes.

6. With side of a chef's knife, mash GARLIC WITH 1/4 TEASPOON SALT. Transfer to a small bowl; whisk with drained yogurt, oil, tarragon and cayenne. Adjust seasoning with salt.

* Lemon Zest: Lightly grate just the yellow from the lemon making sure you don't go down too far. You do not want to grate the white beneath the yellow.

 
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving: Calories 500 - Calories from Fat 132
Percent Total Calories From: Fat 26%, Protein 17%, Carbohydrate 56%
Totals and Percent Daily Values (2000 calories): Fat 15g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 1mg, Sodium 366mg, Total Carbohydrate 71g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Protein 21g, Vitamin A 1623 units, Vitamin C 17 units, Calcium 0 units, Iron 10 units

Bon appetit!

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