I had completely forgotten about this concoction until a few days ago when I was hit by an unexpected taste memory. I don't know what brought it on, I don't think I was even eating olives, but suddenly I had the taste of this couscous in my mind and had to make it.
The combination was born out of nothing more glamorous than having these ingredients on hand, but it's a combination I love. I normally go a little overboard on punch in salady things, utilizing lots of vinegar or lemon juice, but this is one I like to keep simple. There's something very satisfying about the play of textures between the soft couscous, crunchy seeds, airy parsley, and succulent olives.