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Gourmet Vegetarian Appetizers: Stuffed Grape Leaves and Couscous Salad

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Gourmet Vegetarian Appetizers: Stuffed Grape Leaves and Couscous Salad

Gourmet Vegetarian Appetizers are easy to prepare when using this Couscous Salad Stuffed Grape Leaves recipe. For a less labor intensive version, simply use the same great ingredients and shred the grape leaves into the mixture for a unique, healthy Couscous Salad recipe.


  • Fantastic Foods Organic Couscous
  • 1 Large jar of grape leaves washed and drained
  • ½ cup of pine nuts
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 small handful organic raisins
  • ¼ cup of walnuts
  • 1 onion chopped fine
  • 4 cloves garlic pressed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cut fresh squeezed lime
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp mint leaves – fresh ground
  • 2 tbsp parsley leaves – fresh ground
  • 1 tbsp sugar or honey [optional]
  • Salt and/or Pepper [optional]

To prepare leaves. Cut off stems from each grape leaf and dip into rapidly boiling water until slightly soft or beginning to tender. Remove immediately and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

Prepare couscous as directed then add pine nuts, onion, raisins, garlic, parsley, cinnamon, mint, salt and pepper. Mix well. Place leaf shiny side down and Spoon mixture into wide side of each leaf and fold or roll tightly. Line rolls side by side with the seam down in a saucepan. Add the olive oil, lime juice, and remaining ingredients and allow to bake or simmer on low heat until completely tender.

Can be served hot or chilled and can also be frozen and served later.



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