Summer Couscous Salad Recipe

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Summer Couscous Salad

Penny Burdge

By
@PennyInKC

I think I found this recipe in the Parade section of the Sunday newspaper many years ago. Made it first for a "gourmet picnic" and it got rave reviews. It has lots of ingredients - but each one adds a perfect flavor note!

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Serves:
10
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
10 Min

Ingredients

1 c
fresh orange juice, (not from concentrate)
1 c
water
1 tsp
olive oil
1/2 tsp
ground ginger
2 c
plain couscous
1 can(s)
mandarin oranges, 15 oz., drained, reserve juice
1 c
peas, frozen and thawed, patted dry
1/2 c
green onions, finely chopped, including some of the green tops
1/2 c
dried cranberries
1/2 tsp
fresh orange zest
dash
cayenne pepper
2 tsp
freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp
olive oil, additional
1/3 c
toasted walnuts, finely chopped

Step-By-Step

1In a saucepan, bring the water, orange juice, 1 teaspoon olive oil and ground ginger to a boil. Add couscous, stir, remove from the heat and cover. Let rest for 7 minutes.
2Transfer the cooked couscous to a large bowl. Add the mandarin oranges, peas, green onions, cranberries and orange zest. Mix well.
3In a small bowl, whisk together the cayenne pepper, lemon juice, 1/2 cup of the reserved mandarin orange juice and the other 2 teaspoons olive oil.
4Pour the dressing over the couscous mixture and toss until well mixed. Stir in the nuts. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
5Nutritional information PER serving

230 calories, 3.5g fat, 45 carbs, 7g protein, 4g fiber, 8mg sodium

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Salads
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy