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Lemon Couscous Recipe

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5 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Serves 4 to 6


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup minced parsley
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • pinches of red pepper flakes, optional


  • In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the couscous, 1 teaspoon olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and stir. Cover, remove from the heat, and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Fluff the couscous with a fork, transfer it to a large bowl, and toss it with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, and pine nuts.
  • Transfer the mixture to a serving platter and garnish with additional pine nuts, parsley, and red pepper flakes, if desired.