Put the couscous in a bowl, and sprinkle most of the water over it. As it begins to swell and dry, break up the lumps with your fingers. Add a little more water if necessary. Stir the spring onions, tomatoes, olives, herbs, garlic, olive oil and lemon or lime juice into the couscous. Season to taste and serve.
A salad of bulgar wheat can be made in the same way.
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