Dried Apricot & Walnut Golden Couscous

This fruity, nutty couscous consists of finely chopped dried apricots, walnuts and spring onion, along with golden fluffy whole wheat couscous. This would be a lovely side dish for a barbecue or picnic. I like mixing in sweet flavours with salads, they add a nice pop of flavour, if you don’t want to use apricot you can substitute it for raisins

Yield; Six side servings (150kcal per serving) Cook time; 10 minutes

You’ll need;

  1. 150g/5oz (dry weight) whole wheat couscous
  2. 225ml hot vegetable stock
  3. Four spring onions, finely sliced
  4. 40g/1.4oz dried apricot, finely chopped
  5. 40g/1.4oz walnuts, chopped
  6. The juice of half a lemon
  7. One teaspoon of turmeric
  8. Half a teaspoon of cumin, or to taste
  9. Salt and black pepper to taste

Method;

  • Add the couscous into a shallow dish, pour the stock over and cover. Leave for ten minutes for the grains to absorb the stock
  • While that’s doing it’s thing, prep the onions then add them into a mixing bowl along with the apricot and walnuts
  • Once the couscous has absorbed the stock, fluff it all up with a fork. Once fluffy add it to the mixing bowl
  • Evenly scatter over the turmeric and cumin over the couscous mixture, do the same with the lemon juice before finally seasoning with salt and pepper
  • Give everything a really good mix to combine and then refrigerate until you’re ready to serve

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