Monday, June 16, 2008

Cous Cous Salad with Chicken & Nectarines

Thanks to Nancy for this delicious recipe. I played around with it a little bit, but DH and I both agreed that it's a keeper for the future.

1 cup instant cous cous
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 cup finely chopped parsley leaves (approx. 6 sprigs)
6 tbsps olive oil
2 spicy grilled chicken breasts
3 fresh nectarines, cut into bite sized chunks
2 small shallots, thinly sliced rings
3/4 cup of pistachio nuts, shelled
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Place cous cous in a medium bown. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and stir in the cinnamon, cumin, salt, and pepper. Pour mixture over cous cous. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Uncover and fluff with a fork. Stir in the parsely and 2 tbsps of the olive oil. Set aside.

Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and place in a large bowl. Add the nectarines and shallots. Drizzle with vinegar and the remaining olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix in cous cous. Add pistachios just before eating.