So basically...aside from my grandma...my mom is the best cook I know. This is one of my favorite recipes she has. It is so light and refreshing - healthy and filling! Enjoy :)
1 cup couscous
3 cups garbanzo beans
²⁄³ cup currants
²⁄³ cup red bell pepper, diced
½ cup scallions, chopped
½ cup fresh mint, chopped
½ cup pine nuts, toasted
½ cup parsley, chopped
½ cup extra virgin Olive Oil
½ cup lemon juice
1 tsp. garlic, crushed
½ tsp. ground cumin
Salt and black pepper to taste
cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
Make the dressing by combining olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, ground cumin, salt and
pepper to taste. Mix well and set aside.
Soak the currents in warm water to plump up, then strain and dry them.
Boil 2 cups of water and add couscous. Remove from the heat and cover for about 10 minutes. Fluff the couscous with a fork and transfer to a bowl to cool.
Once the couscous has cooled, add garbanzo beans, currants, red bell pepper, scallions, fresh mint, pine nuts, and parsley. Add the dressing mix well.
Cover and leave out in room temperature for 1 hour or cover and refrigerate overnight. Return salad to room temperature before serving.
Garnish with cherry tomatoes, fresh mint, and radish.
This can be served as an appetizer, side dish, or add grilled chicken for a bigger meal.