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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Couscous and Cranberry Salad

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is a really simple chop and chill salad. It was originally developed for picnics and al fresco meals, but I've recently started to use it for covered dish suppers and winter buffets. There is always a lot going on in my kitchen and various commitments have created a real need for dishes that are fast and simple to prepare. If you lead a busy life and are looking for recipes that will make your life easier, I think you really will enjoy this flavorful salad. Here's the recipe.

Couscous and Cranberry Salad...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite


1 package plain couscous
1 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup chopped green onions
3/4 cup chopped sweet yellow or red pepper
3/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

1) Prepare couscous according to package directions. Transfer to a large bowl; fluff with a fork. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until chilled. Stir in cranberries, onions, yellow pepper and almonds.
2) Whisk lemon juice, oil, paprika, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Yield: 14 servings.

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Ginny said...

Looks pretty and really nutritious. Hope you are having a ball!!!

Angie's Recipes said...

A really nutritious and delicious salad!

Umm Mymoonah said...

I love this kind of chilled salad, great fpr parties too.

Anna A. said...

what a great C and C salad! This would make my lunch dreams come true.

Dzoli said...

This is definitely afind..what to do with dried cranberries.Very curious what it tastes like;)

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

I make this type of salad often- I like to add a pinch of cumin and lately I've been substituting quinoa for the couscous- a bit of a healthier alternative.

titty said...

Quante belle ricette!!! ora sono una tua follower!!!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Love couscous so this would go down well in this house. Hope all is well. Diane

Kalpana Sareesh said...

so so yummy salad..

kitchen flavours said...

Looks really good and healthy! I like it that it can be done ahead! Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

Kim said...

I really like this salad. Cranberries and coucous are pairing so well!

Jenn said...

I love couscous but rarely make it because Chris does not.... I'm making this next time he's not around for dinner!! YUM!

Platanos Mangoes & Me said...

Couscous and dried fruits. You can't go wrong. So refreshing and good fr you too.

honey82 said...

Molto originale Cara..bravissima!!,-)
Un bacione

cajunlicious said...

Such a nutritious and delicious salad! Thanks for sharing Mary!

France@beyondthepeel said...

I love adding dried fruit to grain or pasta based salads. Looks great.

Pondside said...

Thanks, Mary. Our Thanksgiving is on October 10th and I will try this out as a different side dish - very timely!

At Anna's kitchen table said...

It looks great for a party/get-together!
so colourful.

Joanne said...

I could definitely see this turning into a lunch favorite!

That Girl said...

My kitchen is on fire too - so I completely understand where you're coming from.

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

This looks like a perfect salad. I've been looking for a side dish like this! I wonder if it could be made with quinoa...

Elaine said...

This looks so delicious, Mary.

Kristen said...

This looks and sounds delicious! I'm excited to make it. Your recipe says 1 package of couscous - what size package?

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