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Festive Couscous Salad

Festive Couscous Salad

Chances are you already have all the items needed to make this simple, festive salad in your crisper and cupboards.


2 cups instant whole wheat or regular couscous
1 cups boiling water
1 cup hot orange juice
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 red pepper, quartered and thinly sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced on the bias
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


  • Place couscous in a large bowl.
  • Pour in hot water and hot orange juice. Cover tightly and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Fluff with a fork and let cool for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare all vegetables; set aside.
  • Add vegetables to couscous mixture.
  • In a small bowl stir balsamic vinegar with orange peel, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Whisk in olive oil and then drizzle over couscous mixture. Toss to combine.
  • Taste salad and adjust seasoning just before serving.


If making ahead, taste just before serving and add extra olive oil and balsamic vinegar if necessary.

Makes 16 servings.

Per serving: 166 calories, 7 g fat, 22 g carbohydrate, 3 g protein, 1g fibre.

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Helpful Couscous Tips

The couscous that is sold in most of our supermarkets has been pre-steamed and dried, the package directions usually instruct to add 1.5 measures of boiling water or stock and butter to each measure of couscous and to cover tightly for 5 minutes. The couscous swells and within a few minutes it is ready to fluff with a fork and serve. Pre-steamed couscous takes less time to prepare than regular couscous, most dried pasta, or dried grains (such as rice).

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