Chickpea and Raisin Couscous Salad
of instant couscous
of extra virgin olive oil
of freshly squeezed lemon juice
of freshly grated lemon zest
of diced cucumber
yellow, red, or orange work best because they are sweeter, diced
can of chickpeas
drained and rinsed
of chopped flat-leaf parsley
Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
Prepare the couscous as per the packages instructions.
Once the couscous is ready/has absorbed all of the liquid, fluff with a fork and transfer to a large bowl.
Add the olive oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Fold to mix thoroughly.
Next, add the chickpeas, the vegetables, the raisins, and the parsley.
Toss to mix.
Season with kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste.
Serve as a side, or enjoy it on it's own.
For extra flavor, you can cook couscous in a broth/stock instead of water.