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Calico Cranberry Couscous Salad Recipe

Calico Cranberry Couscous Salad Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Calico Cranberry Couscous Salad

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Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

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

Reviewed Sep. 7, 2014

"This is an absolute favorite!"

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!"

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"

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!"

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!"

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."

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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