Calico Cranberry Couscous Salad Recipe
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Calico Cranberry Couscous Salad Recipe

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A simple homemade Dijon dressing jazzes up couscous, dried cranberries and green onions in this tasty salad. We like it chilled or at room temperature. -Rosemarie Matheus of Germantown, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 171 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 176mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in couscous; cover and remove from the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork; cool.
  2. In a serving bowl, combine the couscous, cranberries, celery, carrot, onions and almonds.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Calico Cranberry Couscous Salad in Light & Tasty October 2005, p33

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dollargirl 57433
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

"I've made this several times over the years. Tastes as good as it looks."

dccookin 129467
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2014

"This is an absolute favorite!"

emibing 57429
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

"LOVE this recipe. I did add a pinch of sugar to the dressing. And I like to use pomegranate seeds along with or instead of the cranberries. Wonderful!"

lucky boy 129371
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2011

"This recipe is delicious. Many people have asked for the recipe. It is different tasting from the standbys and a nice change. Thunder Bay, ONtario"

ladybug810 76797
Reviewed May. 22, 2011

"This was one of those recipes I saw in the magazine years ago and thought the combination of ingredients was so bizarre I just had to try it. Well I'm glad I did, because it's been a staple at our house ever since. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this salad!"

vmfein 63008
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2011

"This was great, just a tad too much vinegar though. So I added a little more mustard. Next time we will know ahead of time to have less vinegar. This makes a real quick meal!"

ktrycrz 57424
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2009

"This is a staple in our house. I've been making it for at least 4 years! LOVE IT!

I feed it to kids all the time."

ldybugkiss 60308
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2008 Edited Aug. 17, 2008

"NOT kid friendly...and we LOVE couscous! I will never make this again and would recommend you trying it yourself before ever serving it to company. I might like it without the dressing?"

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