Calico Cranberry Couscous Salad Recipe

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Calico Cranberry Couscous Salad Recipe
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Calico Cranberry Couscous Salad Recipe

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4.5 10 14
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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
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • DRESSING:
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

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.
In a serving bowl, combine the couscous, cranberries, celery, carrot, onions and almonds.
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

Nutritional Facts

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

  • 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
  • DRESSING:
  • 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.
Originally published as Calico Cranberry Couscous Salad in Light & Tasty October 2005, p33

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misscoffeepot User ID: 7519492 269322
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2017

"Such an unusual combination of ingredients-and it works! Sweet, tart, tangy and refreshing. Perfect for my gluten , sugar free daughter. It assembles in a few minutes- glad I tried it"

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dsm User ID: 3208899 259421
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2017

"Wish I had found this recipe sooner! Made it for lunch today and every spoonful is gone; next time (which will be soon) I will double it. It has lots to love - visual appeal, texture, crunch, a hint of sweet and a hint of tart - overall very good. My daughter suggested we try using quinoa in place of the couscous to increase the nutrition; I will probably try that - but it's sooo good as is! And think I'll try the dressing on greens too."

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dollargirl User ID: 939213 57433
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

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

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dccookin User ID: 7162688 129467
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2014

"This is an absolute favorite!"

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emibing User ID: 6980256 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!"

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lucky boy User ID: 3261469 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"

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ladybug810 User ID: 791745 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!"

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vmfein User ID: 2150105 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!"

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ktrycrz User ID: 1311763 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."

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ldybugkiss User ID: 1281338 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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