Thursday, April 5, 2012

What's for Dinner? Couscous Confetti Salad

This is not a great photo, but trust me this was really tasty! To make it more of a meal I added chickpeas and it was great! I liked it slightly warm after first mixing the hot couscous and I really liked it cold. I did heat it one time too and didn't care for that as much.

 Couscous Confetti Salad
Makes about 8 1-cup servings
Couscous is pasta from northern Africa that cooks almost instantly and makes a beautiful and flavorful salad. Whole-wheat couscous is sold in natural food stores and some supermarkets.
1 1/2 cups dry whole-wheat couscous
2 cups boiling water
3 - 4 green onions, finely chopped, including tops
1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 carrot, grated
1 - 2 cup finely shredded red cabbage
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup golden raisins or chopped dried apricots
1 juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

In a large bowl, combine couscous and boiling water. Stir to mix, then cover and let stand until all the water has been absorbed, 5 to 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Add green onions, bell pepper, carrot, cabbage, parsley, and raisins or apricots.

In a small bowl mix lemon juice, vinegar, oil, curry powder, and salt. Add to salad and toss to mix. Serve at room temperature or chilled.


Big Daddy Diesel said...

Yum, and I have most of this already at home, thanks for sharing

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Lots of simple ingredients and easy to make - nice!

Raina said...

This looks delicious! I love couscous :)

Hope you have a happy Easter, Julie!!

Christi said...

I am not much of a couscous fan but I will have to give this one a try!

Happy Runner Girl said...

Looks Yummy!! Can't wait to try to make it :)

Tara said...

I love couscous anything! So I will definitely be making this salad. I usually try and make a meal out of couscous or quinoa. It's always handy and so easy to just throw some shrimp and some veggies in there.

Deb said...

Looks delicious! I usually prefer my couscous salads cold.

Jennifer said...

Yum! Thanks for sharing. My kids love couscous lightly seasoned with chickpeas, dried cranberries and chopped apples. That + a salad is one of those dinners I can throw together in under 10 minutes when super pressed for time.

Kathy said...

NOM! I'm a cous cous freak - love to find new ways to spruce it up!

Terzah said...

That sounds great! My husband is a huge cous-cous person, but he always eats the box stuff. I'm hoping to convert him....will try this recipe for sure.

Julie Arts said...

That looks really really good! Have a most excellent race tomorrow!!!!!!

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