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Curried Couscous Salad with Dried Cranberries (also in T&T):

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Posted to Thread #18929 at 9:12 pm on Sep 4, 2010


Note: I usually chill this about 4-5 hours. If chilling overnight, omit the green peas and add them a few hours before serving - otherwise, they lose color.


1 1/2 cups uncooked couscous (10 oz box) (I use whole wheat couscous)
1 cup dried cranberries (4 oz)
1 cup frozen green peas, thawed (I use about 1 1/2 cups)
2/3 tsp curry powder (or to taste) (I use a little more than 1 tsp)
2 cups boiling water
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions/scallions (around 2)
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
15 1/2 oz can chickpeas/garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained (I use a little less, about 3/4 can)
Salt and black pepper, to taste
(Sometimes I add a few small shakes of cinnamon)

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 1/2 lemons)
1 Tbsp grated orange peel (about 1 - 1 1/2 oranges)
2 Tbsp water
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil (I use extra virgin)
1 Tbsp thawed frozen orange juice concentrate (I use a little more frozen orange juice concentrate, to taste, OR I use some fresh orange juice, to taste, in addition to the concentrate)
1/3 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 medium - medium/large garlic cloves, crushed


1. Combine couscous, cranberries, green peas, and curry powder in large bowl.
2. Pour 2 cups boiling water over couscous mixture.
3. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
4. Stir in green onions, basil, and chickpeas.

1. Combine lemon juice and remaining ingredients in jar, cover tightly and shake vigorously.
2. Strain out garlic pieces.
3. Pour over couscous and mix thoroughly. Mix in salt and black pepper to taste.
4. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or until cold. It's important to leave it in the refrigerator at least one hour, so the flavors can blend. (I usually chill it about 4 - 5 hours).
5. Serve cold.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

Adapted from Cooking Light


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