Almost Taboule Salad

For lunch, I took my inspiration from the Taboule Salad Recipe on the back of the Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Cous Cous box.  It is not a true Taboule Salad, but it is truly delicious.

For years I have stuck to boring basic lunches: mostly sandwiches or heating up leftovers.  But I have found that lunch can be  a meal truly enjoyed instead of just a rushed meal.  Though this Taboule  Salad looks like it would take a long time to assemble, it only took me a total of 15 minutes.  Depending on the sandwich, it can take me as long as ten minutes.   Spending an extra five minutes leaves my husband saying “You shouldn’t have!”  One of the beauties of cous cous is that it is ready in ten minutes flat: five to boil the water and five to let it cook.


Almost Taboule Salad Recipe

(modified from recipe on back of Trader Joe’s whole wheat cous cous box)


1/2 cup boiling water

1 1/4 cup cous cous

1 whole lemon

6 Tbsp. Olive Oil

3 Tbsp. Butter

1 Zucchini

1 handful pine nuts

Sea Salt to taste

Fresh ground pepper to taste

small amount of Parsley for garnish

Pour cous cous into large bowl and set aside.  Set water to boil.  Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat.  Cut zucchini into slices.  Sautee zucchini slices in skillet of butter for 4 minutes, making sure that they don’t become too mushy.  Remove zucchini from heat.  Pour boiling water into bowl of cous cous.  Zest the lemon and add to cous cous.  Add juice of the lemon and the olive olive.  Stir gently.  Cover cous cous and let sit for 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, roughly chop parsley for garnish and toast pine nuts in the buttery skillet.  Fluff cous cous with a fork and salt and pepper to taste.  Add zucchini, pine nuts and parsley.  Serve warm or chill in fridge for later.