Tabbouli: a fresh middle eastern salad consisting of couscous, parsley, cucumbers, and tomatoes.  This side dish compliments almost any main dish and tastes great when served with a whopping spoonful of plain yogurt.
1 cup whole wheat couscous, dry
1 & 1/2 cups water
1 bushel of parsley, minced
1 large cucumber, finely diced
1 (or 2) large tomato(s), finely diced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 tbs mint, minced
2 tbs sesame seeds, toasted
2 tbs garlic, toasted
2 to 4 tbs olive oil (to taste)
2 to 4 tbs lemon juice (to taste)
salt, to taste
plain yogurt (optional)

- Bring water to boil in a pot, REMOVE pot from heat, add couscous (off the heat), place the lid on the pot, and let set for 5 minutes without disturbing.  Once the 5 minutes are done, take off the lid and fluff the couscous with fork.
- In a pan, toast the sesame seeds in a dash of olive oil.  Once the sesame seeds start to toast, add the garlic to toast as well.
- Finely dice/mince the parsley, cucumber, tomato, green onions, and mint leaves.
- Combine all of the ingredients with the couscous in a large bowl.  Slowly add the olive oil and lemon juice in increments of tablespoons and taste until you are satisfied.
- Add salt to individual plates and serve with plain yogurt.

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