Middle East Couscous Salad

Super Quick Couscous

Set the couscous in a pan that can go to the microwave or oven and that has a lid. Drizzle with a little olive oil to prevent sticking.

Add salt to the water and heat it to the boiling point. If you do this in the microwave, it would take under two minutes on high. Remember to introduce a plastic spoon or wooden stick, it would help you stirring it afterwards and it is an extra precaution to prevent the liquid from exploding if you overheat it.

Pour the boiling liquid over the couscous, cover and let it stand five minutes.

"Dry" the couscous by introducing the covered pan ten minutes in a preheated oven, at medium, or microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power.

Add the butter and fluff with a fork while the butter melts.

Dressing

In a salad bowl set the vinegar, sugar, salt cumin and coriander. Mix. Sugar and salt will begin to dissolve. Add the olive oil and mix with a fork or tablespoon until you get the consistency of a vinaigrette.

Salad

Pour the warm couscous into the salad bowl with the dressing and mix

Drain and wash the garbanzo beans. Defrost the broad beans. Add to the salad bowl.

Season the ground lamb with salt and pepper and shape it into small meatballs -measure a heaped teaspoon and shape into a ball.

Heat a frying pan with a tablespoon of olive oil or use an olive oil spray. Lamb usually has plenty of fat on its own. Cook the meatballs -small ones usually cook in two to three minutes. Be sure they are thoroughly cooked.

Add to the salad bowl and mix. You can serve immediately or let it rest to blend the flavors. Best served warm or to room temperature.