Minty Fruit and Nut Spiced Sugar Kiss Melon Couscous 

 

I love how couscous absorbs the flavor of the liquid it's cooked in.  And in this recipe, the tiny bits of pasta slowly soak in the sweet, delicate flavor of a Sugar Kiss Melon.  Perfect!

 

This is a fabulous, light and healthy side dish to serve to vegetarians or vegans.  Not to worry, your meat eating guests will love it, too -- and for those folks, it's perfect along side roasted chicken!

 

Minty Fruit and Nut Spiced Sugar Kiss Melon Couscous Recipe

 

Serves 4 to 6

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cooking and Cooling Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Active Work Time: 20 minutes

 

1-3/4 cup Sugar Kiss melon chunks blended to equal 1 cup of melon juice (use a blender or food processor fitted with the blade attachment)

1 cup water

1 tablespoon olive oil

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or desired amount, depending on how much heat you want)

1-1/2 cups dry couscous

1-1/2 cups dried cranberries

1-1/4 cups Sugar Kiss melon, cut inot a small to medium-sized dice

1 cup toasted, sliced almonds

1/2 cup packed mint leaves, washed and dried

Freshly ground black pepper

 

1.  Add the melon juice, water, olive oil, salt and cayenne to a large saucepan, and place it over high heat.  Bring to a boil, and then stir in the couscous, cover, turn the heat off, and let it sit for 5 minutes. 

 

2.  Fluff the couscous up with a large fork and let it cool to room temperature, at least one hour.

 

3.  Once it's cool, mix in the dried cranberries, the 1-1/4 cup of diced melon, toasted almonds, and mint leaves.

 

4.  Add a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper on top and serve. (This can be served warm or cold, but I think it's best at room temperature.)

 

Recipe Note:  

 

Please note that there are two different listings of melon in the ingredient list -- they are indeed separate.  

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