I was making chicken wings for dinner one night, and I wanted a healthy, light, flavorful side dish to go along with it. I decided to make some sort of cous cous salad, Italian style. There is so much flavor in this dish, and it is so healthy, too! This dish is best served warm or room temperature.
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- 1 (5 7/8 ounce) box of garlic couscous
- 1/2 cup diced tomato (either fresh or canned, if you're using canned, drain the juice first)
- 0.5 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 6 -8 chives, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
- 12 basil leaves, chopped into confetti-looking pieces (just stack the leaves on top of each other and cut across)
- 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more if necessary
- appx. 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper, to taste
- 1Cook the cous cous according to the directions on the box. Add about 2 teaspoons of olive oil to the water before you add the cous cous. Once the water is boiled and you have added the cous cous, turn off the heat and let the cous cous sit for 5 minutes, then fluff it with a fork.
- 2While the water is waiting to boil or while the cous cous is sitting, toast the pine nuts in a dry pan over medium-high heat. Watch the pine nuts carefully, because they will burn easily. This may take about 5-7 minutes, but watch the pine nuts to make sure they do not get too brown.
- 3Once the cous cous is ready and the pine nuts are toasted, add both ingredients to a big mixing bowl.
- 4Add the tomatoes and the beans and mix together.
- 5Add the chopped chives and chopped basil and mix.
- 6Add the olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- 7At this point, check the flavor and see if it needs more olive oil, salt, or pepper. (Using extra virgin olive oil will add even more flavor, but I used regular and it still came out great.).
- 8Cover the bowl and chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes or until the cous cous is no longer hot, and just warm/room temperature.
- 9Serve alongside your favorite main dish. Another great side dish to go along this dish is sauteed spinach or broccoli.
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Nutritional Facts for Olive Oil and Italian Herb Couscous
Serving Size: 1 (103 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 473.8
- Calories from Fat 230
- Total Fat 25.5 g
- Saturated Fat 2.8 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 79.0 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 50.1 g
- Dietary Fiber 6.8 g
- Sugars 2.0 g
- Protein 13.2 g
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