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We are in the thick of summer, the perfect time for picnics and cookouts. Are you looking for a different side dish to serve your family or to share with friends? Cucumber Mint Couscous is good and different with a the tang of a lemon dressing combined with the sweet of chopped mint. I made this dish to share with friends at a picnic this weekend and it was well received.
Cucumber Mint Couscous
A printable recipe is below!
The recipe calls for two cups of uncooked plain couscous. My local grocery store only carries couscous is prepackaged boxes. I discovered that each box contains 1 1/2 cups, so I’m glad that I bought two of them.
The couscous is combined with 1 tsp salt and mixed with 2 1/4 cups of boiling water. After stirring it together, cover it for 5 to 8 minutes or until the water has been absorbed.
Fluff the couscous with a fork. Let it cool for 10 minutes.
Seed and chop two cucumbers to yield two cups. Chop 1/2 cup of fresh mint.
Add the cucumber, mint, and 1/2 tsp. salt to the couscous.
For the dressing, combine 1 tsp lemon zest, 2 T. fresh lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. sugar and 1/4 tsp pepper in a small bowl. Whisk in 1/3 cup EVOO.
A garnish of mint is a pretty added touch.