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Couscous Salad

Serves : 4
Prep. Time : 0:35

1 tsp. butter OR margarine
1/2 cup couscous
1 cup water
1 red onion - chopped
1 red bell pepper - chopped
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup seedless raisins
1/3 cup toasted sliced almonds
1/2 cup canned chick peas - drained and rinsed
1/2 cup creamy salad dressing - lowfat okay
1/4 cup plain yogurt - lowfat okay
1 tsp. ground cumin
salt - to taste
ground black pepper - to taste

-Place butter in a saucepan and melt over med.-low heat.
-Add couscous and stir until coated in butter.
-Add water and bring to boil, reduce heat to a simmer.
-Cover and cook until all water is absorbed.
-Season with salt and pepper then set aside to cool.
-In a salad bowl, combine the couscous, red onion, bell pepper, parsley, raisins, almonds, and chick peas. Stir and mix well.
-Whisk together the salad dressing, yogurt, cumin, salt, and pepper.
-Pour the dressing over salad; stir until well blended, chill and serve.

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