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French Cous Cous Salad with Lemon, Currants and Pinenuts

French Cous Cous Salad with Lemon, Currants and Pinenuts

My son Wilson loves everything French- especially  the food- and since we do not have little Parisian style cafes in upstate New York, I am forced of course to prepare these favorites in the Windy Willow Farm home kitchen! This tasty salad is best served at room temperature and I especially love it alongside a chicken sandwich with goat cheese and sliced pears, but it makes a lovely afternoon snack just on its own.

makes six- eight servings

vinaigrette:

juice from one medium lemon ( 2-3 tablespoons )
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
coarse salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

cous cous:

1 1/3 cups cous cous
1 1/3 cups chicken sto
1 1/3 cups water
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/3 cup finely chopped shallots
1/3 cup currants
1/3 cup toasted pinenuts ( To toast the pine nuts, place on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for 7-8 minutes or until lightly golden )
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
1 tablespoon lemon zest ( from your lemon above )
salt ( I like fleur de sel for this )

to make the vinaigrette:

In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, vinegar, salt and pepper. Gradually add the olive oil, and whisk until emulsified. Set aside.

to make the cous cous:

Combine the stock and the water in a medium-size pot, cover, and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, stir in the cous cous, put the lid back on the pot, and set aside for five minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the butter in a small skillet over medium -low heat. Add the shallots, and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender. 

Take the lid off of the cous cous, fluff it up with a fork, and then transfer to a large bowl. Add the currants, pinenuts, and parsley, and the reserved shallots and toss with the vinaigrette. Season to taste with the fleur de sel.