I'm always on the lookout for a good whole grain dish. This whole wheat couscous is a winner on several fronts. It's tart and tangy, savory and sweet. It's super simple, and it plays as well as a side dish as it does a salad.
1-½ cups water
Sea salt, to taste
1 cup whole wheat couscous
½ cup golden raisins
¼ cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup lemon juice
½ cup green onions, thinly sliced
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
½ cup sliced almonds, toasted
Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add a pinch of salt and couscous. Cover and remove from heat. Let stand for 10 minutes, until tender.
While the couscous is steaming, soak the raisins in the vinegar in a medium salad bowl.
When couscous is ready, whisk olive oil, lemon juice and onions into the vinegar. Fluff couscous with a fork and add to the dressing, tossing to coat well. Season with salt and pepper, and toss again. Top with toasted almonds.