Serves 4 as an entrée.
2 heads lettuce
8 large, very ripe tomatoes
1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
1/2 cup whole wheat couscous
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. boiling water
1 cup seeded and minced cucumber
1 Tbsp. fresh cilantro
vinegar & oil salad dressing
Tear lettuce into bite-sized pieces, wash & spin dry enough lettuce to make a thick bed on your dinner plate. Wash tomatoes. Slice a very thin section of the bottom (blossom) end so the tomato will sit flat. Slice the top off the stem end. Using a spoon, hollow out the tomato, saving the flesh that you can take out. Break any juice pockets that you find and remove seeds. Lightly salt the inside of the hollow tomato and turn it upside down on a plate to drain while you prepare the filling.
Pour boiling water over couscous and cover. Finely chop the reserved insides of the tomato and add onion, cucumber and cilantro. After 10 minutes, fluff couscous with a fork and stir into vegetable mixture. Stir in just enough of your favorite vinegar and oil dressing to moisten and bind the filling. Place tomatoes on bed of lettuce. Spoon filling into tomatoes, allowing extra filling to spill over onto lettuce. Serve at once.