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Couscous with a Kick! Recipe
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Couscous with a Kick!
This irresistible side dish is great at barbeques and potlucks. See more
  • READY IN 30 mins

Couscous with a Kick!

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"Spicy, summery pasta salad made with cucumber, lemon, mint, basil, and jalapeno. This is my interpretation of a spicy tabbouleh dish from 'Pasta & Co.'"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins
  • READY IN

    30 mins

Directions

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from the heat and stir in the couscous. Cover and let stand until the couscous absorbs the water entirely, about 10 minutes; fluff with a fork.
  2. While the couscous soaks, stir the feta cheese, jalapeno pepper, cucumber, garlic, green onion, mint, basil, cilantro, parsley, cumin, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice in a large bowl. Add the prepared couscous and mix well.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 01, 2010

Holy tingling tastebuds, this is crazy good! Instead of the customary potato/macaroni salad, I opted to make this as a side dish for bbq ribs. Left out the cilantro as I'm not a fan of its (soaplike) taste, but just chopped enough flat-leaf parsley to compensate. The real surprise, though, is the fresh jalapeno, especially when combined with the fiery cayenne and the smoky cumin. It's a trifecta of explosive flavor while the cuke, mint and lemon provide the cooling effects. This is now my go-to summer salad ~ thanks vburrito!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 10, 2010

boy! is this hott!!!(spicy) I only used half the cayenne and it still was terribly hot, so hot that you could not really appreciate the rest of the wonderful herbs. Next time I will skip the cayenne, use more cilantro and mint anduse the cumin.

 
Feb 18, 2011

This is my recipe. I recently tried this with quinoa & it was great (maybe even better than with couscous!)

 
Jul 19, 2010

I love spicy foods and this is a cool salad with a kick from the jalapenos! I added olive oil to the mix at the very end, liked how that rounded out the flavors and bound everything together.

 
Jun 28, 2010

Amazing! The only thing that I changed was the amount of cayenne pepper, I like it a little less spicy.

 
Jan 20, 2011

I made this recipe just as specified, and it was delicious! I love spicy food, and I didn't find the kick to take away from the flavor at all. It was perfect, and I'll make this again for sure.

 
Mar 02, 2011

This was very good, with just the right amount of spice, although I felt maybe it lacked something, like salt, next time I might cook the couscous with chicken broth instead.

 
May 13, 2010

This is a fabulous salad. Very flavorful and it keeps well in the fridge. I generally prepare a warm couscous with roasted chicken for dinner and then prepare this tasty salad the next day for lunches and snacks. Thanks for sharing.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 210 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.3 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 3.3 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 3.6 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 8.1 g
  • 16%
  • Sodium
  • 155 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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