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This colorful dish is filled with texture and flavor from leafy parsley, crunchy almonds, sweet and chewy raisins, and grainy couscous. This healthy pilaf can work as a side dish or a base for a protein like chicken or lamb kebabs. If you want to switch this recipe up, you can swap dried cherries or cranberries for raisins and vegetable broth for chicken broth for a vegetarian option. Because couscous cooks so quickly, this 15-minute dish is ideal for busy weeknights or last-minute summer get-togethers. A tip from the Test Kitchen: Fluffing the couscous with a fork is very important because it has the tendency to clump together. 

Paige Grandjean


Credit: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Tina Stamos

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10 mins
15 mins
Serves 4


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  • Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium-high. Add broth; bring to a boil. Stir in couscous, raisins, salt, and pepper; cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork, and stir in almonds, parsley, and red onion.