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Couscous with Lemon and Watercress

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Salt
  • 1 cup instant couscous (about 7 ounces)
  • 1 large bunch of watercress, 3 inches of stems trimmed off, cut crosswise into 1/2 -inch pieces
  • 1 medium scallion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed through a press
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups of water with the butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the couscous. Cover the pan, remove from the heat and let stand until the couscous is tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Fluff the couscous with a fork. Stir in the watercress, cover and let stand until wilted, about 15 minutes. Stir in the scallion, garlic, lemon juice, oil and parsley; season with salt and pepper. Serve the couscous at room temperature.
Contributed By Published June 1996

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