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Walnut Crunch Couscous

From: Walnut Marketing Board

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Serves 6


Couscous is a type of small grain pasta that cooks very quickly and makes a great accompaniment to grilled meat or stew. Try this fragrant side dish with grilled chicken or lamb chops marinated in olive oil, garlic and lemon juice.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ cup chopped California walnuts
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced or pressed
  • ½ cup lightly packed chopped fresh mint
  • ½ cup lightly packed chopped cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 cups vegetable broth, chicken broth or water
  • 1 cup dry couscous


  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add walnuts and stir until lightly toasted and fragrant, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool. Toss with mint and cilantro.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring broth or water to a boil. Add couscous. Remove from heat, cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and stir in walnut-herb mixture.

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