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Couscous With Lemon, Herbs + Feta

Couscous With Lemon, Herbs + Feta 4.000

(Justin Tsucalas for the Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Jul 1, 2019

Couscous is a go-to for the author when she prepares meals at a charity kitchen where she volunteers, since it can be prepared quickly and is a filling, affordable side dish that accommodates many different flavors.

The combination of lemon and herbs with salty feta cheese is an ideal bed for the Stewy Zucchini, Peppers + Chickpeas (see related recipe).


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • 1 1/2 cups plain quick-cooking couscous (uncooked)
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • Kosher salt
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large handful fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 large handful fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

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Combine the couscous, boiling water and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a mixing bowl, stirring to incorporate. Cover the bowl tightly with a plate or plastic wrap; let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, then uncover and fluff the couscous with a fork.

Stir in the lemon zest and juice, oil, parsley and dill, tossing until well incorporated.

Taste, and season with more salt, as needed. Transfer the couscous to a serving bowl, then scatter the feta on top. Serve at room temperature.

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From cookbook author Julia Turshen.

Tested by Jacob Brogan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 480

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 21g 32%

Saturated Fat: 6g 30%

Cholesterol: 20mg 7%

Sodium: 270mg 11%

Total Carbohydrates: 67g 22%

Dietary Fiber: 4g 16%

Sugar: 3g

Protein: 16g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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