1 3/4 teaspoons salt, divided
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons couscous
1 large tomato, cut into small dice
1 cup frozen petite peas, thawed
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Fresh-ground black pepper
1 pound large shrimp, shelled
DirectonsIn a medium saucepan, bring the broth and 1 teaspoon of the salt to a boil. Stir in the couscous. Cover, remove from the heat and let stand 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool. Add the tomato, peas, mint, 4 tablespoons of the oil, the lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to the couscous.
In a large nonstick frying pan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over moderately high heat. Add the shrimp, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Cook, turning, until just done, about 3 minutes in all. Serve the couscous salad topped with the shrimp.
Replace the shrimp with sea scallops. Cook the scallops in the same way and for about the same length of time, until they just turn opaque.