Keep it sim­ple for week­day throw-to­gether sal­ads

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Most week­nights the press­ing ques­tion is: What can I throw­to­gether quickly— im­me­di­ately— that will still taste good? An­das the days and nights get warmer, the de­sire for ef­fort­less­ness in­creases.

This recipe says, in essence, “com­bine all the in­gre­di­ents in a bowl”.

The work is in the choos­ing, and may­bea lit­tle chop­ping, and then it’s dress, toss, eat. It’s a salad built on Is­raeli cous­cous, chick­peas and herbs, with a lit­tle fruit tossed in and a sim­ple olive oil/lemon juice dress­ing. An­dit’s crazy flex­i­ble.

Try fresh cher­ries, apri­cots or even blue­ber­ries.

Is­raeli Cous­cous Salad With Chick­peasandHerbs

For an ex­tra kick, try us­ingsmoked olive oil, if you­can get your hands on it, for the dress­ing.

In­gre­di­ents

■ 1 cup dried Is­raeli (pearled) cous­cous

■ 3Tbsp ex­tra-vir­gin olive oil (may sub­sti­tute smokedo­live oil — see note)

■ Two425g cans no-salt-added chick­peas, drained and rinsed

■ 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest and 1⁄ cup juice (from 1 lemon)

4

■ 1⁄ cup loosely packed fresh

4 cilantro, finely chopped

■ 1⁄ cup loosely packed fresh dill, 2 finely chopped

■ 1⁄ cup loosely packed fresh

2 pars­ley, finely chopped

■ 1⁄ cup dried apri­cots, chopped

2

■ 1 cup­wal­nuts, coarsely chopped

■ 1 cu­ploosely packed sun­flower sprouts (may sub­sti­tute pea shoots or an­other mi­cro­green of your choice)

■ 1 tsp sea salt, or­moreas needed.

■ 1⁄ tsp freshly ground black

2 pep­per, or moreas needed

Method

Cook the pearled cous­cous ac­cord­ing to pack­age direc­tions, and let cool.

Ad­dthe oil, chick­peas, lemon zest and juice, cous­cous, cilantro, dill, pars­ley, apri­cots, wal­nuts, sun­flower sprouts, salt and pep­per. Toss to in­cor­po­rate. Taste, and add more­salt and pep­per, as needed.

Serve at­roomtem­per­a­ture.

Nu­tri­tion | Per serv­ing (based on8): 390 calo­ries, 14g pro­tein, 47g car­bo­hy­drates, 17g fat, 2g sat­u­rated fat, 0mg­c­holes­terol, 160mg­sodium, 10g di­etary fi­bre, 8g sugar

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