A lovely family friend of ours, Deren, passed along this great Turkish recipe to us. Originally from Turkey, she stayed in the United States for too brief a time before moving back home to her family. We still miss her terribly!
I have altered it from her original but it is super tasty and I must admit I am a little bit obsessed with it! I think it makes for a great and unique side dish for the holidays!
Here is the recipe...enjoy!
Kisir - Turkish Couscous Salad
1 1/4 cup plain couscous
1 handful of fresh parsley (finely chopped)
1 pint of grape tomatoes (finely chopped)
3 scallions (sliced thin)
juice of 1 lemon
1 Tablespoon of red hot sauce (the original recipe calls for red hot pepper paste)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black ground pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
- Put the plain couscous in a wide bowl. Cover with boiling water until a bit higher than the couscous.
- Add the salt and pepper, stir and then cover. Let steep for 5-10 minutes.
- In the meantime, chop the tomatoes and thinly slice the scallions.
- After the couscous is fluffy, add the lemon juice, olive oil, and hot pepper sauce.
- Add the chopped vegetables and parsley, mix well and refrigerate until cold.