Mediterranean Couscous Salad

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Heather says:

This recipe comes to Home-Ec 101 courtesy of my friend Ellen Adams, also known as RedHotDish. She is a wonderful lady I met through my volunteer work with Cooking With the Troops (yes, I will work that in, every stinking chance I get). You should have seen the look on Ellen’s face when she saw this, her logo on the NASDAQ building.

While I typically would enjoy this recipe for couscous salad as a summer side dish, it goes perfectly with the Mediterranean Turkey Recipe  Butterball had me try earlier this fall. It’s a very pretty dish with bright colors and flavors that complement the light, citrus flavors more commonly associated with Mediterranean recipes than your traditional Thanksgiving fare. I thought I would share Ellen’s recipe for those looking to try something new this season.


: Mediterranean Couscous Salad

: Couscous with the tang of lemon, and cranberry, and a hint of mint

  • 1 (10 oz) pkg. plain large pearl couscous
  • 1 Cup dried cranberries
  • ¾ Cup green onions, chopped
  • ½ Cup mint, roughly chopped
  • ¾ Cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 Cup lemon juice
  • ¼ Cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

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  • Prepare the pearl couscous as directed on the package
  • When the couscous is cooked, place it in a large salad bowl and use a fork to fluff
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate 30 minutes or until chilled completely throughout
  • Toast the almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat for approx 2-3 minutes
  • When the couscous is chilled remove from the refrigerator and stir in the cranberries
  • Add the onions, mint and almonds and toss to combine all the ingredients
  • Place the lemon juice into a small mixing bowl,  add the oil, paprika, salt and pepper and use a whisk to mix the ingredients together.
  • Drizzle the dressing into the salad and toss to coat
  • Cover and refrigerate 1 hour before serving


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