Couscous-Parsley Salad with Preserved Lemon

  • Yield : 8 appetizer servings
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 15m
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  • 1/4 cup couscous
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 40 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 30 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons finely diced Moroccan Preserved Lemon rind, recipe follows
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 small tomato, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 2 Belgian endives, separated into leaves, for scooping
  • 12 unblemished lemons of equal size
  • Sea salt or table salt


Step 1

In a medium bowl, combine the couscous with the water and lemon juice. Let stand 1 hour.

Step 2

To the couscous add the olive oil, parsley, mint, preserved lemon rind, pine nuts, salt and pepper. Mound the couscous in the center of a serving platter. Top with diced tomato. Surround the base with endive leaves. Serve at room temperature.

Step 3

Scrub the lemons under running water and pat dry. Cut a thin slice from each end of a lemon. Set on end and make a vertical cut 3/4 of the way through the fruit, leaving the 2 halves attached. Turn the lemon upside down, rotate 90 degrees, and make a second vertical cut, again 3/4 of the way through the fruit. Fill each cut with as much salt as it will hold. Place the lemon in a sterilized, 1-quart size, wide-mouth canning jar. Proceed in this manner for the remaining lemons, pressing as many into the jar as possible. Seal and set aside at room temperature. Add additional lemons over the next few days as the rinds of the first lemons begin to soften. By this time, the juices should have risen to cover the lemons. If not, add 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice mixed with 1 teaspoon of salt. This will prevent the top lemons from darkening. Store at room temperature until the rinds become tender, and the pulp acquires the consistency of jam, 3 to 4 weeks. Refrigerate. Use within 6 months.

Step 4

Yield: 1 quart

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