Fried Couscous Salad

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I love talking recipes with my co workers during our down time, and I have to say that I tried a recipe one had told me about and I was pleasantly surprised!

I love couscous but I will be honest in saying that I have never thought out side of the box when it comes down to it! I have always just used the chicken couscous or the olive oil and parmesan couscous from Near East and just left it at that.

Was I missing out or what?!?!?

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Ingredients

2 Cans Chicken Broth

2 Boxes of Plain Couscous

2 Cucumbers; chopped

1/2 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes; chopped

1/2 Cup Fresh Basil; Minced

1/2 Cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese; grated

3 Garlic Cloves; smashed

1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Cup Ricotta Cheese

Dressing

1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 Lemon; zest & juice

Salt & Pepper

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In a large pot, bring chicken broth to a boil over medium high heat.

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While you wait for the broth to boil, work on the dressing so the flavors have time to muddle.

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Add the lemon zest to a small bowl.

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Followed with the lemon juice.DSCF6714

Salt and pepper to taste.DSCF6715

Then the olive oil.

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Whisk to combine and set aside.

Once the broth is boiling, turn the burner off and remove it from the heat.

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Stir in couscous.

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Cover and let sit for about 5 minutes or until all the broth is absorbed and couscous is tender.

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Pour yourself some wine and get ready for the real adventure for the night!

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::Weeeeeee::

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Heat olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat.

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Add smashed garlic and sauté until golden brown in color about 2 minutes.

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Remove garlic from oil and discard then increase to high heat.

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Break up any clumps of couscous then add it to the pan with the oil.

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Cook stirring constantly for 5 minutes.

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Now it gets real…. continue to cook over medium high heat stirring every 5 minutes until toasted; about 25 minutes.

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Transfer couscous to a large serving bowl.

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Now for the easy part!
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Add sun dried tomatoes…

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Cucumbers….

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Ricotta Cheese…

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Parmesan Cheese…

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Basil…

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Stir well!

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Top with lemon/oil dressing and mix well again.

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Voila!

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