Sunday, April 4, 2010

"Houston's" Couscous

I've been meaning to take a stab at Houston's couscous ever since I tried it as a side dish there about 2 years ago.  Since then I order it almost every time we go and it's always delicious!  John and I went to Houston's last weekend and I had the grilled salmon, steamed spinach and garlic, and the couscous and I remembered how much I loved it!  Filled with sweet ingredients like honey, mint, and golden raisins, it has a different, more cleansing and refreshing flavor than a lot of the more savory couscous concoctions that I typically whip up.

I bought the ingredients for this based on my memory alone, so I am sure there are components to the recipe that Houston's holds the secret to.  But this turned out pretty close! It's a great accompaniment to any grilled fish or chicken, or could even be beefed up to make a vegetarian main course with a simple side salad.

Houston's Couscous
Serves 4

1 1/2 cup dried couscous
2 1/2 cup water
6 - 8 radishes, sliced
4 - 6 small roma tomatoes, sliced into pieces to match the size of the radishes
1 bunch fresh mint, chopped
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/8 cup honey
1/8 cup olive oil

Bring water to a boil and stir in the couscous.  Cover and remove from heat for 5 minutes; fluff with a fork.

Meanwhile, wash and chop all veggies.  Mix in large bowl with couscous.  Add the olive oil, honey, raisins, and salt and pepper to taste.  

Serve warm or at room temperature.


  1. Oh my goodness, I love Houston's! So glad you posted this recipe. Very cute blog!

  2. I think you are forgetting the green onions. Thanks for posting.