Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Couscous is a very healthy mediterranean grain which you will see often on mediterranean menus. I love it because it is healthy, easy to cook and takes very well to different flavors. The best way to use couscous is to add spices and fresh vegetables to infuse layers of flavors. You will find this salad to be a delicious and refreshing choice. Sometimes I like to add some grilled chicken and use the leftovers stuffed in pitas for lunch. 

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon whole cumin
1 cup green onions
2 jalapeños, chopped
2 cups plain couscous
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon White Jasmine Tandoori Masala
2 cups warm water

2 cups tomatoes, chopped
2 cups english cucumber, chopped
1 cup garbanzo beans, cooked
1/2 fresh cilantro, chopped
1 lime
1 tablespoon olive oil

Heat olive oil in a pan on medium heat. Add whole cumin. Add green onions. Add jalapeños. Add couscous. Add salt and Tandoori Masala. Add warm water. Switch off the heat once the couscous starts to come to a boil. Cover the pan and leave it aside and let it cool down. 

Once the couscous has cooled off, transfer it to a salad bowl. Add chopped tomatoes, cucumber, garbanzo beans and fresh cilantro. Mix well. Add olive oil and lime juice. Mix well and serve.