Couscous and Chick Peas Salad with Mint-Orange Dressing
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4 People
  • Couscous- 1 cup
  • Water-1 cup
  • Garam masala- ½ tsp (optional)
  • Cumin powder- ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Chick peas, cooked/canned and rinsed- 1 can
  • Peanuts, roasted- 2 tbsp (optional)
  • Tomato, chopped- 1, large
  • Green onions, chopped- 1 stalk
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handfuls
  • Orange zest- 1 tbsp
For making dressing
  • Orange juice, freshly squeezed- ½ cup
  • Olive oil- 3 tbsp
  • Ground pepper- ¾ tsp
  • Mint leaves, chopped- 12 leaves
  • Salt- to taste
  1. Place a saucepan over medium heat, add water to the pan along with garam masala, cumin powder, turmeric powder and salt.
  2. Drain the canned chick peas and rinse it with water.
  3. Add the chick peas into the seasoned water taken in the pan. Cover and cook for a few minutes. Let the water come to a boil.
  4. Add the couscous into the boiling water, remove the pan from the heat and keep it covered for 5 minutes.
  5. After 5 minutes, uncover the pan and stir the couscous using a fork. Let it cool down completely.
  6. In a bowl, combine the ingredients mentioned for making the dressing, combine well.
  7. Transfer the cooked couscous and chick peas into a large salad bowl, add the peanuts, chopped tomatoes, green onions and cilantro to it, combine well.
  8. Pour the orange dressing to the couscous, stir well. Let stand for a few minutes.
  9. Finally, sprinkle the orange zest over the salad before serving.
  10. Serve cold in a bowl as a side dish or as a main dish.
  11. You could serve baked chicken along with this salad.
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