Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tasty Tuesday

Summer is coming to an end, but we all probably have Labor Day BBQ's to get ready for. This salad is delicious, easy to make, & has no mayo in it so you can take it outside & not worry about getting sick (always a good thing!). It's from Pampered Chef, however you cannot purchase the recipe card collection any longer (at least, I couldn't find it online). So, I'll share it with you guys, because I'm generous like that.

Fruity Couscous Salad

1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup uncooked plain couscous
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 medium Granny Smith apple, cored & chopped
1/2 cup dried apricots, diced
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions with tops
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted (I'm lazy & never toast these)

In a small saucepan bring the water & salt to a boil. Stir in couscous; cover & remove from heat. Let stand 15 minutes, then fluff with a fork.

Meanwhile zest one orange to measure 1 teaspoon zest. Juice oranges to measure 1/4 cup juice. In bowl, combine zest, juice, oil, & cinnamon; whisk until blended.

Add couscous, apple, apricots, cranberries, & green onions to orange juice mixture; mix well. Cover & refrigerate at least 2 hours to allow flavors to blend. Stir in almonds just before serving.

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