Herbed Couscous Salad with a Hint of Anchovy

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Author Notes: A garden full of fresh mint, parsley and basil...a cup of pearl couscous left in the cupboard and the remainder of a jar of anchovies inspired this little salad. Even if you're not an anchovy lover, this will not send you over the deep end. The anchovy is so subtle you may not even realize it's there. But I think it serves a salty purpose!inpatskitchen

Serves 2 to 3

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup pearl couscous
  • 4 anchovy filets, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 10 grape tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a small sauce pan, bring the water to a boil and add the pearl couscous. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place the cooked couscous in a mixing bowl to cool.
  2. While the couscous is cooling make the vinaigrette: Mash 2 of the anchovy filets in a small bowl and stir in the lemon juice. Slowly whisk in the oil.
  3. Stir the vinaigrette into the cooled couscous, followed by the onion, mint, parsley and basil. Finely mince the remaining two anchovy filets and stir them in with the grape tomatoes. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Once chilled season with a little salt and pepper if desired.
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over 2 years ago lorigoldsby

I agree with Boulangere! I love Israeli couscous...and this sounds almost like a riff on bagna cauda! This will make a nice departure from my usual curried couscous


over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Lori! The Israeli couscous is a favorite of mine also.


over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Looks great, love the herby couscous!


over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks suzanne! And trust me...you won't notice the anchovy as "anchovy"!


almost 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Beautiful. You had me at couscous.


almost 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks! It was yummy..